The Scoop on Ice Cream Alternatives

September 14, 2012

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Before you indulge your sweet tooth with a late night bowl of ice cream, you may want to consider the nutritional facts. Ice cream is packed with calories and saturated fat. A single serving of ice cream contains as much as 800 calories and over 30 grams of saturated fat. As a result, you should avoid ice cream and satisfy your sweet tooth with one of many alternative sweet snacks.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is a wonderful replacement for ice cream. It is cold, creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your cravings. Additionally, you can add mixed fruit and granola to give it more flavors. A six ounce serving of Greek yogurt with fruit added will only cost you about 150 calories.

Sorbet

While sorbet does contain more sugar than other alternatives, it has considerably less fat and calories than ice cream. An average serving of sorbet contains no fat and only 200 calories. Sorbet also offers many of your favorite ice cream flavors.

Fruit smoothie

A fruit smoothie can be the perfect way to cool down on a hot day and avoid the extra calories that come with a bowl of ice cream. Smoothies allow you to use your creativity to create a tasty treat. Along with being low in calories, a fruit smoothie contains a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants to keep you feeling healthy.

Whatever you do, avoid ice cream as a regular snack item. There are many healthy alternatives that taste great and contain fewer calories. Satisfy your sweet tooth and get creative.

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