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Posted by on Jun 5, 2022 in Healthy Food, Recipes | 0 comments

“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For…?” Ice Cream on a Diet

“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For…?” Ice Cream on a Diet

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of eating ice cream on a diet.  It’s definitely not something that I’d be inclined to do all year, but during the summertime especially, it’s something that I consider to be one of my favorite hot weather foods.  But what about all those sugars, calories, and fats?

Eating Ice Cream on a Diet During the Summertime

I love ice cream. If I ever found out I was lactose intolerant, ice cream would be the most devastating loss for me. That said, even though I technically can eat it, it doesn’t mean that this is without repercussions. Ice cream, as delicious as it is, is crammed with sugar and fat. It’s not bad for rare occasions, but I can’t eat it nearly as much as I crave it.

As a result, I’ve had to come up with a list of alternatives to help me get through the days when all I’m living for is that next taste of butterscotch ripple. I’ve called my list “Leesa’s healthy go-to alternatives for ice cream cravings,” and I’ve attached the list to my freezer door so when I go to the kitchen to take out the rocky road, I remind myself that there are other options. Nine times out of ten, it works (I’m only human!).

Alternatives to Ice Cream on a Diet

Here are the options on my list of delicious alternatives to ice cream on a diet that don’t even slightly leave me feeling deprived.  Yes, I still go for the real deal on occasion, but these treats let me keep things under control during the average day so that I don’t end up overindulging every single day of the week.

Nothing wrong with going for one of my creamy dairy favs as a special Saturday night treat while I binge my latest series on TV, but these stop me from killing my diet with ice cream on the daily.  They’re sweet, cold, and rich enough to help me to overcome that craving that is super-powerful at this time of the year. Check these out!

Frozen peanut butter chocolate banana bites

These are the ultimate healthy food that tastes like it couldn’t possibly be anything but naughty. I make this in batches and freeze them in containers so I can grab a couple of them when my intention had been to take out the ice cream instead. This is a “gotta try.” The trick is to stop yourself at one or two, though! I just cut banana into slices and make little peanut butter “sandwiches” out of them. Then I dip them into melted dark chocolate and pop them into the freezer.

Sweet and refreshing watermelon sorbet pops

Blast watermelon in a blender then pour it into frozen treat molds or even into an ice cube tray. The result is delicious, sweet and very low in calories.

Frozen grapes

It’s just as easy as washing grapes, drying them and freezing them. I don’t know what magic happens to a grape when you put it into the freezer, but suddenly it is far more delicious than it was at room temperature or even straight out of the fridge. I try to get organic grapes when I can, though, because these little delights are notorious for being full of pesticides.

Banana non-ice cream sandwiches

Freeze banana and blend until smooth. Add some pure cocoa powder and spread in a dish for a layer ½ to 1 inch thick. Freeze until it is solid enough that you can cut out squares the size of a graham cracker and make an ice cream sandwich with the creamy chocolate banana filling.

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