I'm not sure about you but the summer heat seems to talk to me, saying "man, I could really go for some frozen yogurt, a Popsicle or an Italian ice right now. Go on, get one you deserve a little sweetness, you look great." I know it's not that hot outside but I think that it may be some verbal mirage, similar to the oasis people invasion when wandering in the desert for hours.
The truth of the matter is that you really did work extremely hard to get ready for the bikini season. But that's more the reason to silence these voices and bite into a refreshing apple for your afternoon snack. But then something else happens; either your child wants a firecracker popsicle, you pass by an overly air-conditioned ice cream shop or that the mint chocolate ice cream sundae dessert on the menu is calling your name. This is when you have to cue your super strength restraint and make sure you have one of the options below on hand or conveniently located in your freezer at home.
On of my personal favorite summer deserts is sorbet. It’s icy, refreshing and sweet and is most likely going to contain less calories and fat than ice creams and gelatos because there is no dairy in them. But that’s not always the case with sorbet so you need to be careful about which brand you are choosing to eat. The best option is definitely Ciao Bella. They have a line of individual sorbet cups and sorbet bars perfect when you just have to give in. All Ciao Bella products are gluten free, all-natural and organic and the individual sorbet cups and bars are perfect for portion control so you don’t end up going back for seconds and thirds. The mini cups are great for on the go and even come with a little stick! Here are your best flavor options:
Sometimes all you really want is a scoop of classic vanilla or chocolate. But even low-fat yogurts can be upwards of 150 calories with 3 g of fat for ½ a cup. That’s when you reach for Arctic Zero. Arctic Zero is an all natural, gluten free, dairy free, low-calorie and low glycemic frozen protein shake that satisfies your craving for ice cream. So you are not only getting that much needed scoop of vanilla but you are also getting a little protein too! Every flavor: vanilla maple, chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, mint chocolate cookie coffee, cookies and cream, and pumpkin spice are delicious. Here’s what you need to know:
When you’re craving chocolate popsicles that even your kids will love the flavor of, Tofutti is your brand. They are all milk-free but they have even come out with a great line of fat free, no sugar added popsicles that are still sweet and delicious. The two best flavors are definitely the chocolate fudge treat bars or the coffee break bars and you’re never going to believe how low calorie they really are. This is also a great option for those who need to watch their blood sugar levels because there is 0 g of sugar in each bar.
But what happens you literally have NOTHING in your freezer at home, what happens then? Here are some of my favorite healthy home made icy treats:
Ok, sometimes that super strength restraint just doesn’t work. If you can’t get to your freezer in time, try to find the closest pinkberry and exercise restraint there. Here’s what you should do:
Have a great summer filled with all the frozen treats you love without all the guilt!