Friday, September 7, 2018

It's Still Time for Ice Cream

With the Labor Day holiday in the rear-view mirror, it seems as if autumn is officially here. But, at least in Southern California, the warm summer weather will be with us for at least another month. That means there's more time for ice cream! Try these treats for healthy ways to indulge your sweet tooth.

Bananas Galore
Slice, freeze, and puree bananas for a vegan, no-sugar-added frozen dessert. Customize with other frozen fruits for amazing flavor. How about Ginger Peach "ice cream" with raspberry sauce?

Ice Cream Sandwiches
Use graham cracker squares instead of chocolate-chip coolies. Fill with frozen yogurt or slow-churned ice cream. Slow-churned can have half the fat of regular ice cream.

A Smarter Sundae
Start with one scoop of ice cream. Fill the rest of the bowl with fruit. Add a touch of chocolate syrup (lower calorie than hot fudge) and sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of nuts or granola.
Read labels carefully.
That "light" ice cream could be full of artificial sugar. Yikes! Avoid artificial sugar.

Manufacturers add extra sugar to low-fat ice cream to make it more appealing. Recent studies have found that added sugar can actually lead to more weight gain than if you eat standard products. When you eat more sugar, you crave more. When you eat a standard product, the fat makes you feel full & satisfied with a smaller portion.

Slow churned ice cream is made using a combination of nonfat milk and milk, sugar, and flavorings. It has less fat and usually has less sugar, as well, than standard formulas. 

Be an informed consumer. Make good choices tailored to your health needs and your preferences. 

There are lots of healthy and delicious ways to indulge 
while the warm weather lasts.  

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Sweet Treats!

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