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What's a healthier substitute for ice cream?

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Instead of frozen desserts, try:

Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Creamy and sweet -- and bursting with fat, sugar, and calories. That’s ice cream. Just a half-cup of vanilla, with no added goodies, can have 140 calories and 14 grams of sugar. The same portion of nonfat Greek yogurt, which is creamier and thicker than regular yogurt, has only 73 calories and a fraction of the sugar. It also offers plenty of:

Toss in some berries, sliced bananas, or other fruit for sweetness and a health bonus. The fruit and yogurt work together to lower risks for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B12

SOURCES:

CDC: "Nutrition: Why It Matters."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "What Is MyPlate?" "FoodData Central," "Go Nuts!"

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "How to Eat Healthy."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "5 Heart-Healthy Food Swaps."

Antioxidants : "Analysis of Popcorn for Antioxidant Capacity and Total Phenolic Content."

Cleveland Clinic: "9 Best Tips to Help You Make Healthier Popcorn," "Which Bread Is Best For You – Whole-Grain, Multigrain or Whole Wheat?"

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: "Whole Grains," "Prioritize Hearty and Savory Plant-Based Preparations," and "Sugary Drinks."

American Heart Association: "Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show?" "Whole Grains, Refined Grains, and Dietary Fiber," and "How Much Sugar is Too Much?"

Advances in Nutrition : "Potential Health Benefits of Combining Yogurt and Fruits Based on Their Probiotic and Prebiotic Properties."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 13, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: "Nutrition: Why It Matters."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "What Is MyPlate?" "FoodData Central," "Go Nuts!"

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "How to Eat Healthy."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "5 Heart-Healthy Food Swaps."

Antioxidants : "Analysis of Popcorn for Antioxidant Capacity and Total Phenolic Content."

Cleveland Clinic: "9 Best Tips to Help You Make Healthier Popcorn," "Which Bread Is Best For You – Whole-Grain, Multigrain or Whole Wheat?"

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: "Whole Grains," "Prioritize Hearty and Savory Plant-Based Preparations," and "Sugary Drinks."

American Heart Association: "Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show?" "Whole Grains, Refined Grains, and Dietary Fiber," and "How Much Sugar is Too Much?"

Advances in Nutrition : "Potential Health Benefits of Combining Yogurt and Fruits Based on Their Probiotic and Prebiotic Properties."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 13, 2020

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