How to choose a healthy ice-cream

No matter where you are – on the beach, in the Park or at work, with the onset of heat I want ice cream. Constantly and different. It seems that this hobby cold desserts appeared in the times of Alexander the great, who loved to enjoy the combination of honey with ice. Marco Polo returned from his travels through Asia, arrived in Italy a lot of treasures and also the recipe of what later will be called sorbet, writes

Ice cream is loved by many, but to fully enjoy this melting dessert does not give us guilt, because it’s a very high-calorie product, rich in fat and sugar. So is it possible to satisfy your thirst for ice cream without the guilt? Yes, if you follow a few simple rules.

Choose small portions

The standard serving size of ice cream is only 1/2 Cup, which is approximately equal to the size of a tennis ball. Check the freezer of the supermarket for the presence of ice cream, put up for one person. Small portions are much better pound. Most of us eat at a time two or three times larger than recommended portions. To help yourself to portion control, never eat directly from the pack instead, serve yourself a half Cup in a small bowl.

Avoid or limit the use of premium ice cream brands

In portions of ice cream with the taste of premium Belgian chocolate brand contains 330 calories, 21 g fat (12 g saturated) and 25 grams of sugar. While in servings of chocolate ice cream contains 140 calories, 7 g fat (4.5 g saturated) and 16 grams of sugar.

If you avoid high-calorie foods, try ice cream with low fat, although this often means the loss of creamy texture and flavor. However, please note that in most ice-cream with low-fat still contains a lot of sugar.

Note the frozen yogurt

Most frozen yogurts with low-fat or even low fat, but they can still be high in calories because of added sugar which drowns out the tartness of the yogurt. So stick to the recommended serving size and look for natural flavours such as berry. More exotic flavours such as coconut and peanut butter, often contain more fat and sugar. All stores have information about nutrition value of the product. If you can’t find it, contact the seller.

Carefully choose sorbet

The sorbet contains no dairy products, so he naturally does not contain fat. But since sorbet is generally based on fruits or berries, it can be a lot of sugar. Before buying a sorbet read the label carefully.

Ditch unhealthy toppings

Toppings in the ice cream add a lot of calories, fat and sugar. The worst possible fillings include:

– crushed candy canes;
– chocolates;
– crushed cookies;
– jelly sweets;
pieces of chocolate bars;
– granola;
– dried fruits;
– whipped cream;
– fruits or nuts in syrup and glaze;
– marshmallow.

And be sure to avoid chocolate icing or topping. In two tablespoons of chocolate topping contains 210 calories, 15 g fat (seven grams saturated) and 16 grams of sugar.

Choose organic toppings

The filling should not completely overshadow the taste of ice cream. Will petrusite ice cream chopped nuts or sprinkle on coconut. Add a bright fresh fruit, especially nutrient-rich berries. Instead of non-natural toppings, add crumbs of dark chocolate. Perfect various seeds, such as sesame or Chia.

How about ice cream without sugar?

Ice cream without sugar often contains sugar alcohols and other artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners can lead to bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. However, for some people, for example, people with diabetes, products without sugar are a great alternative. If you want to reduce the sugar content, use ice cream as a flavoring or as an additive, garnished with fresh berries with a couple tablespoons of ice cream.

Whether dairy-free frozen desserts more useful?

Vegan ice cream is perfect for people with lactose intolerance, because it does not contain dairy products. However, this ice cream can also be a lot of fat and sugar. In ice cream made from coconut milk contains saturated fat, while coconut milk and oil do not seem to have detrimental effects on levels of cholesterol as does saturated fat from meat and dairy products. Frozen desserts on the almonds and cashews contain healthy monounsaturated fats, and frozen dessert based on soy milk may contain useful phytochemicals, albeit in small quantities.

Ice cream is fun, but don’t forget to read the label to assess the amount of calories, fat and sugar. Better yet, prepare ice cream at home, so you can be confident in its composition and quality.