Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

June 10, 2016

Health

5 Tips to Keep in Mind at the Ice Cream Shop

Article revised on 15 June 2018

Who doesn’t enjoy a cool treat on a hot summer day? When it comes to ice cream, is it possible to have too much? In a word, yes! To avoid overdoing it at your neighbourhood ice cream shop, here are 5 tips to keep in mind.

1. Keep it simple

Watch out for sugar or waffle cones and the many tempting toppings you can add to your scoop of ice cream, as they boost the calorie count. Ask for a regular cone or, even better, a cup. As for toppings (if you really want to liven things up!), a little fresh fruit goes a long way, but not too much!

2. Small, but oh so good!

Always have a small scoop. A small serving will satisfy your sweet tooth, especially if you take the time to savour every last lick! Your waistline – and your wallet – will thank you.

3. Sharing your ice cream is caring

Is that Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard treat on the menu calling your name? If you really want to indulge but don’t want all the calories, share! If your resistance is melting, it’s a safer way to give in.

4. Make it a special occasion!

A visit to the ice cream shop should always be a special treat. If you allow yourself to go once in a while, you can go ahead and select some of the menu items that tickle your fancy. But if you’re a regular, a small to medium cone (or cup) of soft serve ice cream is your best bet.

5. The better choice

Many ice cream shops now display the nutrition facts for their products online or in store. Ask for the nutrition facts, so you can make an informed and healthy choice!

Frozen yogourt: Is it really a better choice?

Frozen yogourt is lower in fat than ice cream, because the base is made with yogourt instead of cream.

With that being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that frozen yogurt is lower in calories or that it is equivalent to fresh yogourt. Too often, it contains a lot of added sugar! The recipe – like the nutritional value – varies considerably from one brand to another. The only way to make an informed choice is to read the nutrition facts.

Whether you’re thinking of having frozen yogourt or ice cream, look for one that contains no more than 12 grams of sugar and more than 130 calories per ½-cup (125-ml) serving.

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