Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Ice Cream Treats

Ice cream and summertime go together. How can you enjoy a sweet treat without overdoing it?

An ice cream scoop is a useful portion-control device. It turns out that most scoops tend to be fairly moderate in size. Scoops are designed small partly because a large one would be difficult to wrestle through a hard-frozen dessert. Most scoops contain less than the 1/2 cup recommended as a serving size. How much you get depends in part on how firm the ice cream is. Keep in mind that light ice cream, which tends to be airy, delivers less fat in 1/2 cup than full-fat ice cream.

Hard Frozen Ice Cream
Average-size single scoop
0.37 cups (about 1/3 cup)

Slightly Softened Ice Cream
Average-size single scoop
0.44 cups (a scant 1/2 cup)

What about using a big spoon? Expect to eat a bigger portion. Testers tended to serve 50% more than the recommended serving size when handed a large spoon.

How much fits in a cone? It depends on the cone. When given a classic cake cone, most testers were happy with a single scoop. When given a waffle cone, the first scoop fell to the bottom, out of sight. Most testers added a second scoop.

Consider another ice cream treat. Instead of choosing a scoop of premium ice cream, why not savor an ice cream sandwich? You'll save 100 calories. Want to save even more calories? Dig into a creamy chocolate fudge pop.

When the temperature soars, you can enjoy a cold creamy treat. Make informed choices and always
Enjoy Your Food

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