6 Healthy Frozen Desserts
They're cool, refreshing, and easy to make
Ice cream and ice pops are summer pleasures, but they can be packed with added sugars and fat. Instead, try these six easy recipes to help you cool off. Fruit is the main ingredient, so they provide disease-fighting fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants with every bite, says Rachele Dependahl, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 90 percent of Americans don’t eat the 1½ to 2 cups of fruit they should have each day. These treats will help you reach your quota. Store leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container.
Find a Healthy Treat at the Store
Don’t feel like making your own frozen dessert? Use these tips from CR nutritionist Amy Keating to pick a healthier treat from the supermarket freezer case.
Keep calories in check. Aim for roughly 100 or fewer, whether that’s a small cone or a half-serving of premium ice cream. This will help you keep added sugars and saturated fat lower, too.
Scan ingredients lists. Products with labels touting more protein, fewer calories, and less sugar often have additives or sugar substitutes, such as sorbitol or stevia. It’s better to have a smaller serving of the “real” thing.
Don’t be misled by “made with fruit juice” claims. These products may have added sugars. Plus, fruit juice is high in natural sugars, and your body processes them, liquid or frozen, in the same way it does added ones.
Get what you’re craving. If you really want chocolate, strawberry sorbet won’t satisfy; you’ll just feel deprived.
Top Blenders & Food Processors From CR's Tests
You need a high-speed blender or food processor to make some of these frozen treats. Here are a few top performers from CR’s tests.