Jake and I went out driving in his new convertible. It’s so much fun right now in Tennessee!!
After passing 10+ firework stands, we decided to stop cruising for some ice cream!
YUM!! I always get Cake Carnival; it’s cake batter ice cream with Twix, cookie dough, and hot fudge. The small size packs 350 calories, but it is worth every single bite. I got to thinking about the love of ice cream and froyo among bloggers (and every other woman on the planet). While a treat should always be part of a healthy diet, I decided to see which one looked healthier.
Which is the Best Treat on a Diet: Ice Cream, Froyo and Gelato?
Regular Chocolate Ice Cream (1/2 cup = 4 oz)
Carbs 19 g
Low fat and low calorie ice creams are very similar in nutritional value, and it has been shown it’s better to limit your portions of the real stuff than go for the “lighter” options. If our brain sees “low fat” or “no sugar added” we don’t see it as a moderated treat anymore, and it is! Even the low fat options pack 120 calories in them.
Another shocker– I always assumed that ice cream had a ton of calcium in it, but it doesn’t (only 7% of your daily intake).
Ice cream comes from dairy so it may not be a good option if you are lactose intolerant, have a sensitivity to dairy, or are following a paleo-diet.
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt (1/2 cup = 4oz)
Fat 0 g
Carbs 24 g
Protein 2.7 g
Just like ice cream, frozen yogurt is dairy and not allowed on a paleo-diet. People also assume frozen yogurt is not a treat or even HEALTHY for you. This is not exactly true. Even the plain frozen yogurt’s sugar content is double digits. Check out 5 more FroYo myths.
I also figured froyo was packed with probiotics, those healthy bugs for your belly, but probably not. “Shelf-life, manufacturing processes, stomach fluid and—particularly in the case of frozen yogurt—extreme temperatures can prevent probiotics from surviving and getting to where they can do the most benefit,” says Marshall Fong, VP of Marketing at Ganeden Biotech, Inc.
Chocolate Gelato (1/2 cup or 4 oz)
Carbs 12.5 g
Protein 2.5 g
Gelato is Italian for “frozen,” and the sweet treat is Italy’s take on ice cream. Paris blogger, Lebovitz, desrcribes the treat saying, “gelato is richer, often made with egg yolks, chocolate, and most famously, with gianduja, the silky-smooth hazelnut and milk chocolate paste.”
You can get vegan gelato though! The photo above is from the Gelato Bar which is vegan.