Happy National Ice Cream Day! As a former scooper and life long ice cream-aholic, I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado. Even though my career is all about nutrition, I know there are many reasons to love this creamy cold confection.
Ice Cream Facts
Originating in ancient China, ice cream is a combination of cream, milk, sweeteners, flavorings and add-ins like fruit, nuts and candy. Did you know these fun facts?
One-half cup of vanilla ice cream has about 215 calories and 11 grams of fat (the same amount of chocolate has 250 calories and 16 grams of fat) — if you pay attention to portions, this is reasonable for a sweet treat. Opting for soft serve ice cream (typically made from more milk than cream) will save some fat; a small vanilla cone will set you back the same amount of calories (about 230) with only 7 grams of fat.
Shakes and candy-topped sundaes are what can get you into real trouble. A 16-ounce strawberry shake from a popular fast food joint packs in 600 calories. A medium sundae with chunks of cookies or candy can easily reach 800+ calories per serving.
There’s a bright side to ice cream nutrition facts. Ice cream has 5 grams of protein and 10% of your daily calcium needs per half-cup serving. So while you shouldn’t rely on ice cream solely to meet your needs, there’s some benefit to an occasional scoop.
Follow these tips to make sure your ice cream indulgence doesn’t sink your healthy eating plan.
Recipes To Try:
Grilled Banana Splits
Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce
Banana Splits with Pineapple Brown Sugar Topping
Root Beer Floats
Robin’s Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
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