Do you love summer’s favorite frozen treat but feel guilty after every time you indulge? Well, you don’t have to. You can have your (ice cream) cake and eat it too. FY&I explores some healthy ways to eat America’s favorite chilly delicacy in our newest blog post.

Sorbet

Sorbet is a great healthy alternative to regular ice cream. Sorbet is a frozen Italian dessert made from sweetened water with flavoring (typically fruit juice or fruit purée, wine, liqueur or, very rarely, honey). It is better for you in many ways. Sorbet has zero fat as opposed to most ice creams which have approximately five to seven grams, on average. Additionally, sorbet has 80 calories compared to the 140-150 grams found in most ice creams. However, keep in mind that sorbet has more sugar (20 grams)  than full fat ice cream and nearly as much as lower fat ice creams (21 grams). As well, most sorbets have less Calcium, Vitamin A and Iron than regular ice cream, but they do have more Vitamin C. Lastly, most sorbets are comprised of loads of fresh fruit which is always a healthy, delicious option.

Protein Ice Cream

Perfect for body-builders and health-conscious ice cream enthusiasts alike, protein ice cream is usually made with protein powder, almond butter, almond milk, fruit and other materials. It is a great variation on a pre or post workout treat. You can buy protein ice cream from a variety of brands, or better yet, make it yourself. Follow this simple recipe using one frozen banana, 300 grams of low-fat cottage cheese and half a cup of banana flavored whey protein powder to make a simple, delicious banana protein ice cream. Using a food processor, blend the ingredients together to create a creamy mixture. Then, place the mixture into a container and store it in the freezer for an hour. After an hour, remove the container and give the ice cream a good stir to ensure it freezes evenly. Repeat doing this and freezing it more until it achieves the desired consistency. Once it's to your liking, enjoy and have the best workout of your life!

Smart Toppings

A lot of the caloric content in an ice cream creation is found on top. In the toppings, to be exact. Toppings like caramel or crushed candy can easily add several hundred calories to the preexisting caloric content found in ice cream. Fortunately, there are a lot of delicious low-sugar options that all fall under 100 calories. These include: maraschino cherries, strawberries, sprinkles, whipped cream, banana, chocolate syrup, pretzel M&Ms, graham crackers, mini chocolate chips and peanuts. All of these options are a (somewhat) healthy option to put on your ice cream, or even healthier to put on your protein ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt.

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