Still Want Ice Cream? That's Fine! Check Out These Tips
I don't know about you, but whenever I feel the first warm rays of Summer, I'm transported back to my childhood. I'm chasing the ice cream truck and its carnival-meets-nursery-rhyme-like tunes played on repeat to torment me. I want — no, need — my Good Humor Chocolate Eclair. Summer still means ice cream season in many of your eyes, I'm sure (we'd argue that you can enjoy it any season, FYI). But, if you're counting your calories or simply wish to make healthier food choices, you might want to skip out on the high-processed stuff.
POPSUGAR asked registered dietitians Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, owner of Chelsey Amer Nutrition, and Lori Zanini, RD, CDE, what they'd recommend when people are craving ice cream, but ultimately want to make a healthier choice that's less about refined sugar and calories and more about natural ingredients. For starters, we — and Chelsey — want to be clear. "If you're craving real-deal ice cream, enjoy every bite!" she said. "Having a healthy relationship with food is most important, and that includes these treats."
Yes, before you scroll through some better-for-you options, know that guilt and food should not go hand in hand (not ever). We understand, though, the importance of limiting the amount of ultraprocessed food you eat, especially if you're predisposed to, or have, conditions like diabetes. So go ahead, keep reading for some frozen substitutes!