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The Best Frozen Desserts for Less Than 125 Calories

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  May 30, 2013 09:46 AM

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Last week, I blogged about how to avoid the humongous portions (and calories) at local frozen yogurt eateries.  This week, I have moved to the frozen dessert aisle in the supermarket. 

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), frozen novelties, better known as single-serving frozen yogurt and ice cream sticks, cones, cups, and sandwiches, garner about 20 percent of the supermarket frozen dessert market.   This is good news as the beauty of these babies is that they are portion-controlled so the hazards of over-scooping from a large container or dispenser are eliminated as long as you don’t eat multiple single servings in one sitting.

Alas, not all single serving frozen novelties are low in calories or heart-healthy.  According to CSPI, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bar averages 320 calories, 12 grams of heart-unhealthy saturated fat, and 5 teaspoons of added sugars.   (For comparison, individuals who need to consume 2,200 calories daily to maintain their weight should consume no more that 24 grams of saturated fat and 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day.)  Interestingly, dairy desserts are one of the top five sources of added sugars in the diets of Americans, and they actually provide more added sugars than candy.

So which are the healthier novelties to buy and enjoy?  Here’s a sampling of CSPI’s better picks, which are featured in the June issue of their Nutrition Action Healthletter:

Source: CSPI

If you really get ambiguous, you can make your own.  Click here for a recipe.

                                                 Follow Joan on Twitter at:  joansalgeblake
Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

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