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A Registered Dietitian’s Favorite Ice Cream

Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts on all of that ice cream in the supermarket? If you have, you might know just how much added sugar, artificial flavors and colors are found in these. Here, I give you a few of my favorites so you can make a wise choice when you want something sweet! Of course, you won’t be surprised to know that I suggest eating your dessert in moderation and thinking about how it fits in with the rest of your choices for the day. 

Toasted Coconut & Black Sesame Ice Cream

This is totally delicious, and while it does contain 14g of added sugar per serving, this was actually a lot less than others I checked (crazy, right?!). As you’d expect from ice cream, you’ll get some calcium from it, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Sesame is a great source of heart-healthy fat as well. I appreciate that it is colored with beet juice and other such ingredients. One thing you’ll want to note is that the saturated fat adds up to 8g per serving, so you’ll want to think about eating this dessert in the context of your diet. 

Straus Family Creamery Organic Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream

I love the taste of this ice cream and appreciate its five all-organic ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. You’ll get 6g of protein out of one serving of ⅔ cup, as well as some calcium, iron and potassium. One serving does contain 13g of saturated fat, which is a pretty hefty amount, as well as 16g added sugar. A nice treat to enjoy in a moderate quantity.

Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream Bananas Foster

Even though this one tastes really sweet and does have 27g total sugar per serving, only 5g of that are considered “added sugar.” It contains actual bananas, which contribute to the sweetness and also enhance the nutritional value. You’ll get 3g of protein out of one serving, 1g of fiber, as well as some calcium and other vitamins and minerals. One serving does contain 6g of saturated fat, so that’s something to note. Overall, a pretty good choice nutritionally compared to many others!

Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream Midnight Munchies

While I can’t seem to locate this flavor on the Coolhaus website, I’ll mention it anyway because I loved it so much. Absolutely love the peanut butter and chocolate combination, and the saltiness of the pretzels. One serving contains quite a bit of protein, at 8g. You’ll also get 10% of the daily value for both calcium and iron, and 8% of the daily value for potassium. There are 7g added sugar in one serving, which is not too bad compared to many others. One serving also contains 4g fiber! Like the choices above, this ice cream does contain a fair bit of saturated fat, at 6g per serving. Overall, love this ice cream! 

Coconut Bliss Mint Chip Galactica

This non-dairy dessert is very tasty, and I appreciated that it only has 12g added sugar per ⅔ cup serving. One serving also provides 2g protein and 1g fiber. Because it’s coconut based, however, it is high in saturated fat, with 18g per serving. The very first ingredient is coconut milk. It’s a pretty nice plant-based alternative if you want something sweet!

As I try new flavors, I will keep adding to the list, so check back for more! 

Have questions? Comments? I would love to hear what you think below!

Jinan Banna
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