By Molly Raisch at Prevention Mag
Ice cream is the perfect remedy to steamy, hot weather, but sometimes the calorie counts on the carton are downright scary. That's why we found frozen desserts that don't melt under scrutiny. These healthy treats get our vote (with a cherry on top!).
So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Frozen Dessert (½ cup)
Nutrition: 130 cal; 1 g pro; 13 g sugar; 3 g fiber; 3 g fat
Like: This soy treat tastes just like the real deal, making it perfect for people who have lactose intolerance.
Healthy takeaway: Some dairy-free varieties--based on soy, coconut, and rice milk--can be high in fat and sugar.
Breyers French Chocolate Fat Free (½ cup)
Nutrition: 90 cal; 3 g pro; 13 g sugar; 4 g fiber; 0 g fat
Like: Our pick has less fat than many premium frozen desserts and also boasts fiber, which gives it more texture.
Healthy takeaway: Be cautious about fudge ribbons, which are mostly corn syrup with a dab of artificial dye.
Stonyfield Farm Organic Nonfat Frozen Yogurt (½ cup)
Nutrition: 100 cal; 4 g pro; 18 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 0 g fat
Like: This carton is packed with the good-for-your-gut bacteria that we love in yogurt.
Healthy takeaway: Other fro-yos lure you in by touting their "live and active cultures," but the actual yogurt portion can be minuscule.
Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet (½ cup)
Nutrition: 60 cal; 0 g pro; 16 g sugar; 0 g fiber; 0 g fat
Like: A keeper! It's bursting with flavor, plus it has 50% of your daily vitamin C intake.
Healthy takeaway: Many sorbets have no real fruit in sight. Steer clear of ones with ice cream swirls, which drive up the calories and fat.
Julie's Organic Juliette Ice Cream Sandwiches (1 bar)
Nutrition: 100 cal; 2 g pro; 6 g sugar; 0 g fiber; 0 g fat
Like: You're less likely to overindulge because these organic novelty bars are portion controlled for you.
Healthy takeaway: Some ice-cream sandwiches swap the wafers for cookies, doubling the calories.
Edy's All Natural Fruit Bars Strawberry (1 bar)
Nutrition: 80 cal; 0 g pro; 20 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 0 g fat
Like: The real strawberry bits in this pop taste like summer. No high fructose corn syrup here.
Healthy takeaway: Beware varieties that resemble a chemistry project: Would you like a little sodium benzoate with your polysorbate 80?