Ice cream for fewer calories

Less is more, especially when less is lighter

by Julia Belluz

While this summer’s heat waves may seem like a good excuse to cool off with an ice cream cone, you might want to think twice next time you’re peering through the glass at an ice cream parlour. These frozen confections can hold more than 1,000 calories—about half a day’s worth. We’ve highlighted some of the worst offenders at Canada’s most popular ice cream chains, and suggested lighter alternatives. Linda Gillis, a registered dietician at McMaster Children’s Hospital, warns that consumers shouldn’t be fooled by ice creams that are reduced in calories, fat and sugar. “They are still quite unhealthy,” she says. The real key to beating the heat without packing on the pounds is to have ice cream in moderation. “It’s important to remember that treats can be part of a healthy diet, it’s just how often you go for them.” Still, it couldn’t hurt to ditch your old standby and try something just a little less sweet.

Baskin Robbins
Instead of: Jamoca Almond Fudge Ice Cream—a 4 oz. scoop contains 270 calories, 15g fat, 28g sugar; or the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae—one serving contains 1220 calories, 80g fat, 92g sugar
Try: Baskin Robbins line of reduced-fat, no-sugar added ice creams, such as the Premium Churned Mocha Blackberry Chip—a 4 oz. scoop has 190 calories, 9g fat, and 6g sugar

Ben & Jerry’s
Instead of: Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream—one scoop contains 220 calories, 11g fat, and 22g sugar
Try: Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Frozen Yogurt—one scoop contains 160 calories, 2.5g fat, 22g sugar

Cold Stone Creamery
Instead of: Oreo Crème Ice Cream—medium contains 710 calories, 49g fat, and 61g sugar
Try: Sinless Cake Batter Ice Cream—medium contains 300 calories, 1.5g fat, 23g sugar

Dairy Queen
Instead of: Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard—medium contains 1000 calories, 55g fat, 85g sugar
Try: DQ Chocolate Cone—medium contains 340 calories, 10g fat, 34g sugar
Even better: Treats on a stick tend to be lighter, such as the Vanilla Orange Bar, which has 60 calories, 0g fat, 4g sugar

Marble Slab Creamery
Instead of: White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Tasty Creation—medium contains 729 calories, 42g fat, and 51g sugar
Try: Strawberry-Reduced Fat Ice Cream—medium contains 383 calories, 18g fat, 45g sugar




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Ice cream for fewer calories

    • I like MacDonald's vanilla ice cream cone – I believe it has only 100 calories, and it is delicious.

  1. Why not go for frozen yogurt. Chapman's Dutch Chocolate is 90 calories for a half cup. Other flavors are a bit richer (100-120 cal.).

  2. seems like someone has been reading Men's Health recently, I really enjoy their Eat This; Not That feature as well, glad to see I'm not the only one reading it

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