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Ice cream 101

June 25th, 2012 | no comments

A single serving of ice cream—which equals one 1/2 cup—is a perfectly fine treat to enjoy once in awhile on a hot summer’s evening. So don’t be so quick to put it on your “Do Not Eat” list (which by the way I hope you’ve torn up by now!) Take a look at how a serving of Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean Ice Cream measures up:

Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 140
(less than a bowl of cereal with milk)
Saturated fat: 5 grams (1 ounce cheese = 6 grams of saturated fat)
Sugar: 16 grams (8 ounces of orange juice = 22 grams of sugar)
Sodium: 50 mg

The next test is to look at the list of ingredients:

CREAM, NONFAT MILK, SUGAR, VANILLA, VANILLA BEAN

Although cream and sugar aren’t thought of as health foods, the bottom line is…you know what they are!

Reduced fat usually means increased sugar. For some reason, when a food is labeled “low-fat” or “fat free” we feel it’s a license to eat more (and we usually do!) So if you are going to eat ice cream, don’t mess around…eat the real thing!

I’ve just given you permission to eat ice cream- that was easy! The challenge will be to keep the portion size at a half-cup. Never fear! Here’s a quick tip- instead of cereal bowls, serve your ice cream in custard cups! They hold about 4-6 ounces or about one scoop.

P.S. If your ice cream feels naked- try dressing it with 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips for only 70 extra calories or 1 tablespoon of chopped peanuts for only 55 calories!

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