GFGL FOOD BLOG: Ice Cream How-To

The weather in Boston has been absolutely gorgeous lately and with good weather comes the not-so-good for the waistline ice cream runs. The two go hand in hand and I know that I personally refuse to give up my favorite dessert due to dietary constrictions. As long as you don’t go overboard and eat it every night, you can enjoy whichever flavor you’d like while still rocking those daisy dukes.

If you know which ice cream place you’re going to and they have a website, scope out the nutritional information beforehand so you know which options are the lowest in saturated fat, calories and sugar. If they don’t have a website, ask if they have the nutritional information when you get there. Most places have a few low-fat/no-fat frozen yogurt flavors as well as sugar-free options. I’ve even seen a few places offer carb-free varieties if you’re trying to watch your carbohydrate intake. Remember, if you decide what you want before going, you’ll have an easy choice to make at the counter and feel good while doing it.

Try not to go too overboard with the toppings. You won’t feel so good about your fro-yo choice if you top it with candy and fudge and you’ll probably be guilt-ridden later on. Fresh fruit is obviously the healthiest topping, but if you need to have your sprinkles, try not to have too many. A serving of sprinkles at Dairy Queen, for example, is 70 calories (not too bad).

Another thing to keep in mind while waiting in line is the serving sizes. The correct serving of ice cream is ½ cup and I don’t think I’m alone when I say I never have that serving size (even though I should. Hey, everyone has flaws). I don’t think many ice cream places have options that small. Well some places may give you a mini cup of vanilla for your dog, but definitely not for you. As much as you want to go for the medium, stick to the small, it’s never really that small anyways. If you just have to have the gigantic sundae, make sure you eat clean the rest of the week and sweat it out at the gym. Splurging is OK as long as it’s a rare occurrence and you get back on track fast.

At the end of the day, grabbing an ice cream won’t kill you and spring and summer wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s a great way to socialize and have fun with friends and family. I know that it will always be one of my favorites and I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who agree.

Stay happy & healthy


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