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M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: We ALL Scream for Ice Cream

I Scream! You Scream!

I Scream! You Scream!

Did you know that yesterday was Ice Cream Day?  Don’t think I was holding out on you, because if I really was anti-ice cream, I wouldn’t be devoting a whole post to it now, would I?  And, I wouldn’t be telling you that July is National Ice Cream MONTH.  Yes, a whole month is dedicated to one of life’s pleasures, and you have a little over a week left to indulge.  But whatever you do, don’t overindulge and try to enjoy your ice cream the healthier way.

Everyone loves ice cream.  Some of us love it too much.  You might hear the familiar sounds of jingling bells, or “Pop Goes the Weasel”, approaching your house and immediately jump and run to your door to chase down the ice cream truck.  You might even have a personal gallon, one that you turn to in times of need to feed your soul when you’re feeling down.  Ice cream cools us down on  a hot day, picks us up when we need it, and rewards us for a job well done.  I know I’ve told myself plenty of times, “I deserve this ice cream cone today!”

Ice cream should be more of a special treat and less of a daily eat.  But even if you’re treating yourself with ice cream, make sure to treat your body good by trying these healthy tips the next time you go for the ice cream scoop.

  • Get the scoop.  Notice how I didn’t say scoops.  One scoop should be plenty, and anything more than that is simply too much.  If you want more than one flavor, ask your friends if you can get a taste.
  • Sharing is caring.  I recently went to Fenton’s, and I was almost sickened by how huge the specialty ice cream creations were.  Some people attacked a whole order to themselves, which was melting faster than they could even eat it.  Share an order with someone instead, so you won’t be pigging out by yourself.  Just make sure you both agree on a flavor.
  • Choose a good flavor.  French Vanilla.  Butter Pecan.  Chocolate Deluxe.  There are so many flavors out there, it could be hard to make a choice.  Ask to get a sample of a few different flavors so you’ll get the one you really want.  Pick one flavor, not two, because remember, one scoop is plenty.
  • Order the junior.  Go kid-size if you want your own sundae.  Don’t trick yourself into thinking that you need a lot to be satisfied, because a little bit of sweetness goes a long way.
  • Go natural.  If you’re out shopping for ice cream, buy the gallon that use natural ingredients.  Breyer’s has great flavor and I can read every ingredient on the label!  Other ice cream brands include other ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.   If it has high fructose corn syrup in it, don’t get it!
  • Make your own.  I remember making my own ice cream in elementary school with rock salt and ice.  After lots of shaking, I had ice cream!  I knew every ingredient that went into my ice cream, which made eating it so much more enjoyable.  You can skip the elementary method, and go for something more fancy by investing in your own ice cream maker.  Then you’ll be able to experiment with different, healthy, seasonal flavors.
  • Flavor with fruits.  If you want variety, buy vanilla ice cream and flavor it with fresh fruits.  You’ll get a serving of fruits for the day, while enjoying a special treat.
  • Go nuts!  Add some nuts for some crunch and a punch of protein.
  • Sorbet is so good!  Skip the cream and try the sorbet.  It has less fat and will be just as satisfying as any other flavor.

What’s your flavor?

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