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Frozen Treat Calorie Countdown


By +Carolyn Richardson on May 12, 2012 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

May marks the start of the prime frozen treat season that will last until the sun goes down on our summer vacations.  Although this was the warmest winter in years for many Americans, we’re officially ready to enjoy the heat. But before you run to the freezer section in the grocery store consider whether your favorite cold dessert is worth its weight in calories. With outdoor festivals, theme parks, and pool parties there is sure to be ice cream on the menu somewhere. Here’s the calorie count on familiar frozen desserts.

10. Milk Shakes – 740 to 790 Calories, 17g Protein, 33g Fat, 111g Carbohydrates

Ice Cream, whole milk, and chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry flavoring equals a ton of calories. What would be called a small or regular size at 18 to 20 oz. per serving could turn into half of your daily caloric intake. In the way of splurges, this is more like a shopping spree.

Instead blend Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate(or Strawberry) Syrup, Skim Milk, and Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt to save about 500 to 600 calories for the same size shake.

9. Hawaiian Shaved Ice – 288 Calories, 0g Protein, 0g Fat, 72g Carbohydrates
A familiar brand offers a 16 oz. version assuming 120 ml of flavoring. Given that all the calories are in the flavored syrup, asking the attendant to control how many “pumps” goes into it may help you save a few calories, but because it’s sort of extreme to bring a little sputum container to ensure the right amount, you really won’t know how many calories your spoon is getting into. By the way, cream on top will add at least a 100 more calories.

Instead crush some ice at home and add your favorite Torani flavoring. It’s the only way you’ll know how many of those empty calories you’re eating.

8. Gelato – 210 calories, 3g Protein, 12g Fat, 22g Carbohydrates
I’ll admit I went to get this Italian ice cream dream and scoffed at the small ½ cup serving, knowing full well I would be doubling the above calorie count. I went for it anyway, but the whole time I was thinking how I knew this to be the king of ice cream fat content per serving. There’s 8g of saturated fat to boot.

7. Ice Cream Bar – 180 calories, 2g Protein, 12g Fat, 15g Carbohydrates
It was hard figuring out which calorie count I’d add to the line above as the familiar ice cream bar is anything but familiar now with all the different options out there. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Bars can run around 320 calories per bar, while some weight loss brands get to around 80 calories a serving. I opted to include the approximate calorie count on traditional ice cream bar that’s regular size (not mini) with the thin coat of chocolate and some semblance of vanilla ice cream inside.

6. Ice Cream – 145 Calories, 2.5g Protein, 7.9g Fat, 17g Carbohydrates
This staple of summer is usually said to have more fat than gelato, but because gelato has no air added, depending on the brand, it has more fat than a similar ½ cup serving(by volume not weight) of ice cream.

5. Sorbet/Sherbet - 130 Calories, 1g Protein, 1g Fat, 30g Carbohydrates
These typically have less fat and more sugar than ice cream. Sorbet is pureed fruit with sugar added, while sherbet has some fat added, usually milk, gelatin, and/or egg whites. Generally speaking sherbets have a few more calories, but because they have the same base ingredients, there calorie counts aren’t too disparate with a 10 calorie swing in most brands.

 4. Slow Churned, Light, or Low Fat Ice Cream - 100-120 Calories, 3g Protein, 4g Fat, 17g Carbohydrates
Slow churned or light ice cream generally has more air than traditional ice cream and is therefore creamier than the stiff prettiness we’re used to having in a waffle cone. For this reason is melts faster and if you hadn’t noticed, the caloric difference isn’t that drastic.

3. Frozen Yogurt – 100-120 Calories, 3g Protein, 4g Fat, 23g Carbohydrates
With calorie counts similar to low fat ice cream, a 1/2 cup serving of fro yo isn't so hard on your calorie bank. Some frozen yogurt is low fat or fat free because it doesn't contain the cream ice cream does. So you know, the calorie count is similar whether it's soft serve or looks like ice cream. There are some high fiber, no sugar added varieties available if you look for them.

2. Greek Frozen Yogurt – 100 Calories, 6g Protein, 0g Fat, 21g Carbohydrates
Don't let the billboards fool you, Ben & Jerry's isn't the only brand making greek frozen yogurt with the flavor and texture of ice cream. Adonia by Ciao Bella and Stonyfield Organic have a version as well from which the above nutrition information was derived. View a slideshow of their offerings and calorie counts here.

1. Frozen Fruit Bar – 70 to 90 Calories, 0g Protein, 0g Fat, 19g Carbohydrates
Like sorbets, many frozen fruit bars are little more than water and sugar. You can hope for some pureed fruit from some brands, but the ingredient list may disappoint you. Here's a taste test of of popular frozen fruit bars.

NOTE: The calorie counts for these frozen treats were taken from specific brands that were found to be similar to others in the same category. Check each brand's listing to confirm the nutritional info for your favorites.


Your thoughts...

Do you typically make an impulse decision on frozen treats, or plan before hand? Which will you enjoy?



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My favorite frozen treat is chocolate Shakeology.  At 150 calories, 1g fat, 17g carbs, and 18g protein it is the healthiest frozen treat you'll find.  It has been key to my 100 lb weight loss and has been part of my maintenance program for over a year now.  Checkout my profile or message me for more info.



I keep my freezer stocked with sugar free popsicles (30cals) and 100-calorie ice cream bars by Skinny Cow or Klondike. Skinny Cow, btw, uses real sugar and not sugar alcohols, so they're ok for people with splenda allergies. Also, I just recently found 30cal fudge pops at the Dollar Store! Score! Finally, if you want to go all-natural, frozen grapes are nature's popsicles. Frozen bananas? Nature's ice cream!



My freezer always has some frozen berries. Throw them in a blender with stevia and some green tea, and it's a great way to cool down on a hot day without too much worry about calories.



I always puree or juice fruits pop in the freezer in Popsicle containers and give it to the kids as frozen treats they are yummy and healthy.for some chocolaty taste I blend cacao, banana and milk et voila yummy sugar free icy treats:)))



I make ice crem for my son - Greek yogurt, frozen or fresh raspberries ans little sugar if desired. He loves it, my husband loves it, and I love it


Ice Cream is my MAJOR weakness. However just last week I stumbled upon a frozen yogurt shop. its a do it yourself buffet bar www.16handles.com not only are the calorie fat etc counts better than ice cream but it is sooo yummy!! There are 16 flavors, a dozen and a half toppings (you need to be careful here) but they are also a "GREEN" company. Its a bit pricey 52 cents an ounce, but that will help you not take soo much =)... Mostly i plan ahead to go, its my reward if I have a good week, but i also go on the whim too =).. going this weekend for mothers day!



We eat a 90 calorie fudge bar.



I rely on weight watcher's fudge mini bars.  45 calories each and just the right size snack.

Note: serving size is 2 bars for 90 calories, I only eat one.

I also have protein shakes every day, sometimes two.  They thicken up real nice when I add frozen fruit.



Add smoothies to the list! 

.5 cup cold fruit-flavored tea (green for antioxidants! or use milk if you can spare the calories/want the protein)

.5 cup yogurt (plain is best! Greek for protein)

1.5 cups frozen fruit

150-250 calories=YUM



I've found recently that if I just need something to cool down and snack on, I really like to freeze organic apples. I like to cut them into thin rings and freeze them that way, so it takes me a while to get through the whole fruit, it's cold, and it's good for me. Then if I want dessert later, I can do that, but I don't eat unhealthy things just because it's hot outside. Less than 100 calories!



Great idea-- frozen grapes are fabulous, too!



I make my own frozen treats. I blend Greek yogurt and fruit and make frozen yogurt bars. I also blend fresh fruit and make frozen fruit bars. And I make banana ice cream by freezing bananas then blending them until they are creamy. I've made it chocolate peanut butter banana by adding unsweetened cocoa powder and natural peanut butter while blending. And making strawberry banana ice cream by adding frozen strawberries to the frozen banana then blending.



Original Post by: supermom0813

Ice Cream is my MAJOR weakness. However just last week I stumbled upon a frozen yogurt shop. its a do it yourself buffet bar www.16handles.com not only are the calorie fat etc counts better than ice cream but it is sooo yummy!! There are 16 flavors, a dozen and a half toppings (you need to be careful here) but they are also a "GREEN" company. Its a bit pricey 52 cents an ounce, but that will help you not take soo much =)... Mostly i plan ahead to go, its my reward if I have a good week, but i also go on the whim too =).. going this weekend for mothers day!


I work at a frozen yogurt shop just like this. It's amazing the amount of candy and toppings that people put on their frozen yogurt. But seeing the gross monstrosities that people eat every day while I am working helps me make much better choices. I stick with a small serving of the frozen yogurt and add fresh fruit and chopped nuts. But be careful because the frozen yogurt has just as much sugar in it as ice cream does.



- freeze sugar free juice/ punch (Hawaiian Panch sugar free, Crystal Light, etc.) crush ans even add sugar free flavoring!

-For a creamier one  freeze Almond, soy or rice milk and add suagr free flavoring, Walden Farms fruit syrup, chocolate or caramel syrup OR freeze the milk with sugar free chocolate syrup, jam, etc and make ice cream posicles!

-frozen fruit smoothies

#1 however....ARTIC ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



What about Fudgsicle bars? At only 45 calories, no sugar added, are they a good choice? Hope so because I generally have one a day as a chocolate fix.



Here in Spain one of the supermarkets sell their own Lemon Sorbet Bars, they are 0% fat and 0% added sugars, they are  a proper size not mini with only 37 calories each.....they taste for more wicked than that!! They also make no added sugar mini Magnum/Dove bars. My goodness the chocolate is the best and the vanilla ice cream tastes deliciously creamy, far more luxurious than the 102 - 110 cals they have! They're my codl treat of choice ;)



WEIGHT WATCHERS ice cream candy bar! is the BOMB

I think 150 calories !  LOVE



Thanks everybody. There are some great tips and ideas in the comments, here. Ice cream is my have-to-have-it weakness. If I don't get my weakly fix, I come unglued lol.



Original Post by: floridapauline

- freeze sugar free juice/ punch (Hawaiian Panch sugar free, Crystal Light, etc.) crush ans even add sugar free flavoring!

-For a creamier one  freeze Almond, soy or rice milk and add suagr free flavoring, Walden Farms fruit syrup, chocolate or caramel syrup OR freeze the milk with sugar free chocolate syrup, jam, etc and make ice cream posicles!

-frozen fruit smoothies

#1 however....ARTIC ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I just discovered Arctic Zero at a run last month (they were handing out samples). I was only sad that I had not found it earlier!!!! It taste really good and only 35 calories/serving.



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