Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat. After all, the average American eats 23 pounds of it – from cones and bars to sandwiches and sundaes – every year, reports the International Dairy Foods Association.
Fortunately, there are plenty of better-for-you options on the market, even if you’re looking for something lower in fat, sugar, calories, or all three. So the next time you’re in the freezer aisle, check out this guide to see if your favorite frozen treat could be on this list and try a few new brands below.
What to look for in healthy ice cream
- Less caloric:Aim for 200 calories or less per serving.
- Low in added sugars:Look for a treat with 15 grams or less of added sugars per serving, which is just under 4 teaspoons of added sugar, which is below the daily cap recommended by the American Heart Association.
- Integrated portion control:Ideally, the dessert should be presented in a small package. You won’t find this with all frozen treats, of course, but it can be a useful tool if you’re the type of person who likes to keep a dish and eat straight from the container.
- A nutritional bonus:Look for a dessert that offers something remarkable when it comes to nutrition. Does it include fruit? Is there fiber, protein or probiotics?
10 healthier frozen treats to buy
Per poppable: 60 calories, 3 grams of fat (2.5 grams of saturated fat), 15 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates (0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of added sugar), 2 grams protein
These low calorie chocolate coated yogurt bites are exactly as the name suggests – bite size and popping. They’re also new to the Yasso Greek yogurt frozen treat family and come in four different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, mint and sea salt caramel, all with a tasty and crunchy chocolate exterior coating.
Buy it:yasso.com;Price:$ 56.00 (8 boxes)
2. Cups of coconut joy
Per portion: 140-160calories, 10-12grams of fat (9-11grams of saturated fat),30-70 milligrams of sodium,12-15 grams of carbohydrate (2 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar,8-9 grams of added sugar), 1 gram of protein
Madagascar vanilla bean or dark chocolate, these plant-based, dairy-free ice cream cups are made with coconut milk and coconut syrup. Another godsend: their new packaging is so pretty and entertaining.
3. Klondike Wind Down & Chocolate Shake
Per serving: 120 calories, 4 grams of fat (3.5 grams of saturated fat), 55 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrate (
Klondike Wind Down & Chocolate Shake is a dinner-style milkshake in squeezable packaging. These are well-controlled in portions with each 4.7-ounce packet, providing only 120 calories. Not a fan of chocolate? Try the Chill Out & Vanilla Shake, which has fewer calories (and also a little less protein).
Buy it:Target.com;Price: $ 5.99 (pack of 6)
4. Pops Pops Chloe’s Oat Milk Raspberries
Per popsicle: 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat), 20 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates (0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 12 grams of added sugar), 1 gram protein
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
The oat milk based lollipops are a new addition to Chloé’s line of frozen treats and completely dairy free. They also do not contain any of the other major allergens. In addition to raspberry crisps, Chloe’s offers five other flavors made with oat milk, including chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, cookies and cream, brownie batter, and mint crisps.
5. Halo Top Gourmet Fudge Pops
By ice lolly:80caloric,10.5 grams of fat (1.5grams of saturated fat),45milligrams of sodium,12grams of carbohydrate (6grams of fiber,6grams of sugar,4grams of added sugar),6gramsprotein
- Hyper protein
- Rich in fiber
- Low in carbohydrates
Chocolate Fudge has the lowest calorie content of the Halo Top Pops group. It’s loaded with fiber (21% of your daily goal) and 6 grams of protein. Other flavors, like Strawberry Swirl and Mint Chip, also provide noticeable amounts of fiber and protein.
6. Wyman’s Just Fruit and Greek Yogurt Bites
Throughportion:45caloric,0grams of fat (0grams of saturated fat),tenmilligrams of sodium,tengrams of carbohydrate (2grams of fiber,7grams of sugar,4grams of added sugar),gram of protein
Brought to you by the company best known for their Maine frozen wild blueberries, Just Fruit & Greek Greek Yogurt Bites are refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. In addition to the classic wild blueberry flavor, Wyman’s also makes wild blueberries and mangoes, wild blueberries, strawberry and banana bites, and raspberries and strawberries.
They are also low in calories and portioned in individual cups. Really, all you need is a spoon.
Buy it:Target.com;Price: $ 4.99 (4 cups)
7. Launch of the Pro Rich Nutrition rocket
Throughportion:150caloric,5grams of fat (3grams of saturated fat),70milligrams of sodium,17grams of carbohydrate (3grams of fiber,12grams of sugar,9grams of added sugar),tengramsprotein
A frozen dessert with 10 grams of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals, probiotics and 3 grams of fiber? It sounds too good to be true, but Pro Rich Nutrition proves it’s the real deal.
The Rocket Launch flavor is a blend of coffee, caramel, and chocolate chips, and supercharges you with 71 milligrams of caffeine – about the amount of an espresso – deeming it perfect before the gym or as a midday snack. Other flavors include Mint Madness, Chocolate Chunk, and Strawberry Sundae, so there’s something for every palate.
8. Daiya Classic Vanilla Bars
Throughportion:190caloric,14grams of fat (12grams of saturated fat),45milligrams of sodium,17grams of carbohydrate (1gram of fiber,13grams of sugar,13grams of added sugar),1gram of protein
Vegans and plant eaters rejoice: The vegan dessert aisle is top notch these days and Daiya is helping lead the way. Daiya Dessert Bars come in delicious classics such as Classic Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Fudge Crunch, and Salted Caramel Swirl.
What we love most about this dessert is that it doesn’t skimp. It’s a decadent dessert, just in smaller portions, which is the right way to go in our book.
Buy it: Target.com;Price:$ 4.59 (4 bars)
9. Bubbies Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream
Throughportion:90caloric,2.5grams of fat (2grams of saturated fat),tenmilligrams of sodium,15grams of carbohydrate (0grams of fiber,tengrams of sugar,9grams of added sugar),1gram of protein
The great thing about mochi is that it has portion control built in. And what we love about Bubbies is that they also have vegan offerings.
You can choose between the two currently available vegan flavors, Chocolate and Strawberry – both are decadent and the perfect solution for any sweet craving.
10. Diana’s Dark Chocolate Baby Bananas
Throughportion:130caloric,6grams of fat (3.5grams of saturated fat),15milligrams of sodium,18grams of carbohydrate (1gram of fiber,14grams of sugar,3grams of added sugar),2grams of protein
Sure, you could make your own chocolate covered bananas at home, but why would you do it when you could just buy bananas from Diana?
Each pop is half a banana dipped in chocolate and served on a stick. These are naturally a good source of vitamin C and potassium thanks to the banana. We also love the flavor of milk chocolate, and it’s pretty much the same from a nutritional standpoint.
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