Trying to lose pregnancy weight? Is ice cream your weakness? For a lot of women, the creamy sweet dessert is hard to resist.
But knowing what’s in it (and what’s not) might just help you reduce your intake somewhat.
100g of ice cream can pack a big punch in terms of calories, fat and sugar – 3 things we want to reduce if we are trying to lose pregnancy weight.
And let’s face it – when you have access to a 1L, 2L or 4L tub it’s not hard to consume more than 100g.
It’s not all bad news – we have a stack of recipes for making your own healthy options at home. So there’s no need to miss out!
Our Recipes For Healthier Ice Creams
Try your hand at making your own icy poles – these Mango Lime and Strawberry Pops ones are a big hit with adults and kids alike.
Sorbets are a way to enjoy ice cream – minus the cream! Our One Ingredient Fruit Sorbet is refreshing as well as healthier than traditional sugary sorbets.
You could also try using yoghurt instead of cream, by making our Choc Mint Frozen Yoghurt or Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt Sorbet.
For an amazingly guilt free treat, simply freeze some bananas and then whiz them up in the blender – recipe and details here for making this Banana Ice Cream.
But if you’re keen to find out what our top picks are from the commercial brands, read on as we have the lowdown on the better choices right here (from our Calorie Bible which is packed full of more info on your favourite brands).
Our Picks Of The Commercial Brands
Streets Blue Ribbon Light Ice Cream Vanilla, 100g
- 163 calories
- 2.7g fat
- 20.6g sugar
Peter’s Light and Creamy Ice Cream Vanilla, 100g
- 158 calories
- 2.8g fat
- 20.3g sugar
Chocolate Paddle Pop, 54g
- 79 calories
- 1.6g fat
- 10.6g sugar
Skinny Cow Vanilla Chocolate Bar, 67g
- 82 calories
- 1.8g fat
- 5.6g sugar
So Good Chocolate Bliss, 100g
- 146 calories
- 2.9g fat
- 16.9g sugar
Cadbury Light Vanilla Ice Cream, 100g
- 158 calories
- 2.5g fat
- 25.8g sugar
Bulla Light 98% Fat Free Vanilla Ice Cream, 100g
- 123 calories
- 1.6 g fat
- 17.1 g sugar
When you compare our suggested commercial brands to some of the popular ice creams you can see our picks have less calories, fat and sugar. For instance 100g of Connoisseur Cookies and Cream Ice Cream contains 280 calories, 14.7g fat and 20.6g sugar.
Sara Lee Rum and Raisin Ice Cream, 100g, has 224 calories, 12.3g fat and 23.1g sugar. Similarly, Ben and Jerry’s Choc Chip Cookie Dough, 100g, has 255 calories, 13g fat and 24g sugar.
The main thing to remember is that you can enjoy everything in moderation. If you find that you can in fact stick to a small scoop of your favourite ice cream as a treat (that means not every night!) you can still have it as part of your healthy eating plan.
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