When that ice cream mood strikes, try reaching for some frozen alternatives.
- Choose a popsicle or sorbet made from real fruit, but make sure to read the label! Many brands advertise real fruit, but still use a bunch of added sugar.
- Experiment with making your own popsicles or sorbets by blending together 2 cups of your favorite fruit or fruit mixture, 1-2 tablespoons of honey or a sweetener of your choice (or skip the sweetener altogether – fruit is already super sweet!), 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and ¼ cup of water or nonfat Greek yogurt. Freeze and enjoy!
- There’s one simple, filling, and delicious recipe that isn’t actually much of a recipe at all. Try pureeing a banana with some cinnamon and freezing it for a yummy after dinner treat. Get creative and add other flavors of your choice, such as unsweetened cocoa powder, a smidge of peanut or other nut butter, some instant coffee granules, or mix it up with some of your other favorite fruits.
- Frozen yogurt can be another good choice when replacing ice cream, but take care when adding the toppings usually associated with the beloved froyo. Froyo can quickly become a poor choice once cookie crumbles, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and hot fudge or caramel sauces are added.
- Don’t forget smoothies! But watch out for all-fruit recipes, especially if you’re watching your sugar intake. Blended fruits can easily translate into guzzling copious grams of unwanted sugar. Try substituting a creamy base with avocado (or ½ avocado, ½ banana), unflavored Greek yogurt, or your favorite unsweetened non-dairy base. Add in nut butters, unsweetened protein powders, and lots of delicious leafy greens to make a full meal or hearty snack (hint: adding any strong citrus flavor to your smoothie completely overwhelms the taste of any vegetable flavor)!