Reading the Label
There are five main things to look for on the label of an ice cream treat. It's not all about fat grams! Per half-cup serving (the standard serving for scoop ice cream), your best bets will have:
- 4 grams of fat or less
- Around 120 calories
- 3 grams or less of saturated fat
- No more than 10 milligrams cholesterol per serving
15 grams of sugar or less per serving. Many ice creams have almost double this amount.
More Fiber Than Whole-Wheat Crackers?
You might be surprised to learn that some ice cream bars actually have more fiber than a serving of whole-wheat crackers. It seems that 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving is becoming the nutritional norm in this dessert category. It might help make your serving seem more filling.
There are also a few types of ice cream that have 2 grams of fiber per serving. They include Starbucks Lowfat Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry's Lowfat Frozen Yogurt Strawberries & Cream, and Dreyer's/Edy's Loaded Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.
Best of the Light Ice Creams
The light ice creams and light ice cream bars in the table below are "best bites" because they had most of what you should be looking for nutritionally. (Those that also were lower in added sugar -- 15 grams or less per serving -- have an asterisk before their names.)
|Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends with Live and Active Cultures|
|Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned|
|*Raspberry Chip Royale||120||4||3||20||13|
|*Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry||100||3.5||2||10||13|
|Ben & Jerry's Lowfat Frozen Yogurt|
|Strawberries & Cream||150||3.5||2.5||25||24|
|Haagen-Dazs Lowfat Frozen Yogurt|
|Vanilla Raspberry Swirl||160||1.5||0.5||25||25|
|Starbucks Lowfat Ice Cream|
|*also lower in added sugars|
BEST BITES: BARS
|Breyers 100 Calorie Cups|
|Vanilla Fudge Swirl||100||1||1||5||14|
|Frappuccino Mocha Bar||120||1.5||1||5||16|
|Lowfat Fudge Bar||100||1||0.5||1||13|
|Ice Cream Sandwiches (in assorted flavors, such as mint)||140||1.5||0.5||1||13|
|Cone: Vanilla with Caramel||150||3||2||4||19|
|Cone: Mint with fudge||150||3||2||4||18|
|Giant Cookies & Cream Bar||140||5||1.5||<5||15.5|