If you’re an ice cream aficionado, you’ve probably already caught onto the ‘Light’ lineup of Ben & Jerry’s concoctions at the grocery store, but what can you expect when you visit the local Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor? There’s nothing more satisfying than a vanilla and chocolate treat in the middle of summer; Ben & Jerry’s is quite possibly one of Vermont’s finest gifts to the world. Still, it’s good to know there really are a few ways to enjoy your treat without worrying about that waistline. You’ll find some healthy options available at your local scoop shop.
First on your list of can-do desserts: the sorbet. The sorbets are all fat free, and since most are made with fresh fruit juice, you’re only taking in some sweetened fruit syrup; calories range from 110 to 130 per ½ cup serving. Jamaican Me Crazy packs a tropical punch, and is perfect for those long and lazy afternoons; try the Berried Treasure Sorbet for a delectable after-dinner treat without the guilt, or the Strawberry Kiwi Sorbet for a unique flavor.
When that craving for Chocolate Chip Cooke Dough hits, rest assured that there is a low fat version available. The original belt-stretcher will cost you 270 calories and 15 grams of fat per ½ cup, but the diet-friendly option will keep you safe in a healthy zone with 200 calories and just 6 grams of fat. You can taste the difference, but it’s a very minimal one.
Soothe those chocolate cravings by heading to the low fat frozen yogurt section; the Chocolate Fudge Brownie creation here is just 170 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving, and the rich brownie pieces are just enough to tame your inner chocoholic. The Raspberry Chocolate Chunk is another option if brownies are just too much choclate in one sitting (yes, it’s possible); this tasty combo comes in at 180 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.
The fortunate flavor that made it to Seinfeld is the Cherry Garcia, and thankfully available in a low fat version when you’ve made a commitment to the scale. The low fat frozen yogurt is just 160 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and the taste is very similar to the original, sans the creamy vanilla. You’ll be shaving off a whopping 11 grams of fat per serving, along with 90 calories-definitely a step in the right direction.
Phish Food is another great choice for eclectic tastebuds. When you just need that chocolate-caramel-marshmallow swirl with chocolate fish, you’ll be happy to learn that the frozen yogurt version contains just 220 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
Take your pick of the healthiest choices at Ben & Jerry’s any time of year; or just whip up your own homemade sundae with the latest pints at the grocery store. Ben & Jerry’s ‘Body and Soul’ line, along with the Light collection give you a little more freedom for your daily diet.