National Ice Cream Day is July 21st. If you’re thinking there’s no way to indulge in this treat without freezing your healthy eating habits, there’s good news. We asked Gold’s Gym Registered Dietitian, Kritikaa Agnani, for ideas on how to make homemade ice cream healthier.
- Use Fruit. If you are making your own ice cream, incorporate fruit instead of using sugar. Agnani suggests experimenting with non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) like Splenda. “Unlike sugar, NNS, which have little to no calories, won’t cause a spike and crash in your energy level” says Agnani. You can also try using avocado to provide a creamy consistency.
- Use nonfat or low-fat milk. If you are making a milky type of ice cream, you want to avoid the saturated fat that is prominent in dairy products. Agnani suggests milk alternatives such as soy milk, which is high in the “good” unsaturated fat.
- Add matcha. You can add it into your homemade ice cream to add color and extra nutrition.
- Try a one-ingredient sorbet. Add frozen fruit to your food processor and blend! Agnani likes to make a banana sorbet and blends frozen bananas.
- Finally, treat yourself! If you prefer ice cream the way it is, there is nothing wrong with enjoying it on occasion. You deserve it. “Listen to your body when it’s had enough and eat slowly to savor your treat,” Agnani says. It’s important to be mindful on how much you are consuming and avoid getting to the stage where you feel stuffed.
- One more tip! Be sure to eat well the rest of the day, with plenty of nutrient-dense foods such as greens, whole grains and lean protein. That will help balance out your day.