When you think of frozen desserts, you probably think of ice cream, cakes, pies and all the other decadent goodies in the freezer aisles of grocery stores. They are a satisfying treat on a hot afternoon or the perfect end to a meal. But some cold, sugary treats are absolutely loaded with sugar, which puts them in the category of things you should probably always leave behind when shopping.
Going forward, we’ve taken a look at some of our favorite frozen desserts that you can find in your local grocery store right now and ranked them based on their nutritional value. While the dessert should be indulgent, you don’t want to overdo it, especially if you have it every day. While we believe it’s important to think of a healthy lifestyle as eating everything in moderation, you still want to make healthy choices! So here’s what to eat and what to avoid, starting with the latter. (Want to make it instead? Here are the 100 easiest recipes you can make.)
1/6 of the pie: 530 calories, 36 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber, 33 g sugar), 5 g protein
Where do you start with this satiny chocolate pie? Other than its great taste, there really aren’t any redeeming qualities when it comes to nutrition. For an absolutely special occasion, however? May be.
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1/8 of the pie: 340 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 2 g protein
Between the oil, butter and sugar, it’s no wonder this pie is rich, decadent, and loaded with calories and carbohydrates. Don’t be fooled by the apple filling – apples are great, but when sweetened, soaked in butter, and baked in a pie, they lose their nutritional value most of the time.
1/6 of the cheesecake: 390 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 6 g protein
You already know that a cheesecake won’t be very healthy. It’s loaded with cheese and sugar, that’s what makes it delicious! It’s definitely something you don’t want to eat every day, but every now and then would be nice. It’s not too much of a heartbreak, the less often you eat it the more you’ll enjoy it when you do!
1 / 15th of the cake: 210 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 3 g protein
The most important thing to remember with a cake like this is to respect the serving size. This cake is actually 15 servings, which means the slices are very small. If you want to stick to portion sizes, just measure before you cut.
1 slice: 330 calories, 16 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 4 g protein
What we love about these pie slices is that there is no high fructose corn syrup or additives. However, it is still loaded with calories and saturated fat. Fortunately, there are only two slices in the box, so unless you buy more than one, you will be limited to not eating too much of this lime pie at once!
1 / 8th of the cake: 240 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 1 g protein
This cake is sugar, sugar and more sugar, oh and carbohydrates. Of course, that is to be expected with a cake, and that is why they are often kept for special occasions. It’s another one you’ll want to divide up ahead to make sure you don’t overdo it.
serving cup: 190 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrates (
If you stick to a 2/3 cup serving, it’s not that bad. It’s loaded with quite a bit of sugar and carbs, but for a delicious treat at the end of the day, it’s a decent option.
1 ice cream sandwich: 160 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 2 g protein
These are really halfway when it comes to nutrition. The information is pretty mundane for a frozen dessert, but a pre-portioned portion is always a big plus with sweet things.
⅔ serving cups: 390 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrates (2 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 6 g protein
Ben & Jerry’s offers many varieties of ice cream, with a range of nutritional values, but they will all be high in sugar. What we like, however, is that the ingredient list is made up of things that we can recognize. That and the ice cream comes from a company with values. So at the end of the day, we love this one.
1 bar: 210 calories, 11 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate (
The novelty of these Mickey Mouse ice cream bars is what makes them so appealing. Sure, they’re sweet and decadent, but having a frozen dessert in a portioned serving helps you stick to the calorie set, so for that reason we don’t mind too much. Oh man!
1 pestle: 110 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates (
A mere mention of these brings us back to backyard barbecues when we were kids. But rather than eating a full-sized drumstick to bring back more memories, try one of these little drums instead. They’re smaller so they’re not as unhealthy, but they’ll still satisfy that ice cream cone craving you used to have after a day at the pool.
1 bar: 60 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 5 g protein
This is one of the best options for frozen desserts. It’s made with whole ingredients like strawberries, cream, and buttermilk, but it does contain some carbohydrates and sugar. However, compared to the more indulgent desserts on this list, this one is a great alternative that will satisfy your sweet tooth without upsetting your healthy lifestyle.
1 bar: 90 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrates (6 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein
These mint chip bars are low in calories and low in fat, which we like. They’re also low in sugar, but that’s because they’re made with erythritol, a sugar substitute. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it’s up to you – not everyone likes sugar substitutes in their diet.
1 bar: 100 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 5 g protein
Instead of ice cream, Yasso makes his frozen pops with Greek yogurt. It still gives you that creamy texture without too much fat or extra calories. Instead, you’re consuming more protein than most ice cream bars, so you’ll feel fuller longer after consuming one.
1 bar: 60 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 0 g protein
These popsicles are made with exactly three ingredients: mashed blueberries, water and cane sugar. If you’re looking for a cold treat without any additives, this is clearly a winner. Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, so you get nutritional value with every bite.
1 mochi: 90 calories, 2.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 1 g protein
For a quick little bite of something sweet, these mochi ice creams are awesome. They contain less than 100 calories and are low in carbohydrates and sugar thanks to the mango, which is naturally sweet. They are soft and creamy and the perfect snack!
1 ounce serving: 90 calories, 5 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 1 g protein
These may fall more into the snack category than desserts, but you can easily make them your dessert if you want something smaller and lighter. Grab a small handful of these raspberries dipped in white and dark chocolate for just a hint of sweetness.