healthy_eatingAs the weather warms up it can become all too tempting to grab an ice block or ice cream from the freezer at the corner shop.
So if you are going to indulge, are there some options that are better than others?
Definitely. But you will need to choose your poison, so to speak, as there aren’t really any commercial options that are low fat, low calorie and low sugar.
You will often find that the water based ice blocks tend to be lower in calories and fat, but much higher in sugar than their creamy counterparts.
The creamy ice creams tend to be much higher in fat and calories, but lower in sugar.
So neither are really ideal if you are trying to lose weight.
The ice creams and ice blocks that you buy from a shop contain many ingredients that you would never find in a home made version.
Things like artificial colouring (what’s wrong with the colour of a real strawberry?), and artificial flavourings (a mango tastes pretty good without these) are fairly common place.
A traditionally made ice cream would contain ingredients such as cream, eggs, and sugar; and would then be flavoured with (for instance) strawberry, cocoa or vanilla.
The scary thing is that the manufacturers can just write ‘flavour’ and don’t need to tell us where it comes from.
Often if you were to dig deeper you would find that there is not a strawberry, cocoa bean or vanilla pod in sight.
So if you are concerned about this, how will you indulge this summer? By making your own of course!
Making your own ice creams or ice blocks is easy, and the best part is you know that only healthy ingredients are going in.
Here are some of our favourites:

If you are interested in the calories, fat content and sugars in some of the popular ice blocks and ice creams, see our list below.
Magnum Classic 91g

  • Calories 283
  • Fat 19.1g
  • Sugar 24.3g

Weis Bar Mango and Cream 80g

  • Calories 111
  • Fat 3.4g
  • Sugar 17.2g

Paddle Pop Chocolate 54g

  • Calories 79
  • Fat 1.6g
  • Sugar 10.6g

Frosty Fruit Tropical 83g

  • Calories 85
  • Fat 0g
  • Sugar 17.2g

Calippo Lemon 105g

  • Calories 90
  • Fat 0g
  • Sugar 21g

Splice Pine Lime 61g

  • Calories 77
  • Fat 1.3g
  • Sugar 12.1g

Splice Real Fruits Passionfruit 70g

  • Calories 67
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Sugar 14.6g

Golden Gaytime 77g

  • Calories 233
  • Fat 14.6g
  • Sugar 14.6

Cornetto Classic Vanilla Choc Nut 68g

  • Calories 213
  • Fat 11.3g
  • Sugar 17.1g

Nestle Water Icy Pole Lemonade 79g

  • Calories 47
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Sugar 11.2g

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