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Ice Cream: A Worthy Dessert

04/02/14

BLOG: With most of us anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer weather, it is time for everyone’s favorite Stewart’s product…ice cream! Whether you are a fan of Crumbs Along the Mohawk, Kaydeross Kreme or Adirondack Bear Paw, there is no doubt that ice cream is done right in Upstate New York! Ice cream may seem out of place on a nutrition blog, but I thought it was an important topic to mention for two reasons:

1. While ice cream (or frozen yogurt!) is considered dessert, it does contain some redeeming nutritional qualities. Ice cream is made from dairy sources, so it contains more vitamins and minerals than other sweets, such as cookies and cakes. For example, a one-half cup scoop of ice cream contains about 10% of your daily value for calcium and phosphorus. Ice cream and frozen yogurt also contain protein, which is absent in most sweets and sugary candies. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advocates for “everything in moderation”; therefore, if you are going to indulge, ice cream may be the better choice among other desserts. I also highly recommend trying Stewart’s Light Ice Cream (in the silver box) and Low Fat Frozen Yogurts. These contain the same great flavor of regular Stewart’s ice cream but contain half the fat and fewer calories.

2. Stewart’s ice cream is unique in that you are in charge! Unlike most restaurants, Stewart’s Make Your Own Sundaes allow you, as the customer, to choose which toppings and how much of each you want atop your favorite flavor. That being said, Stewart’s provides you with many great choices that can provide bits of nutrition to your favorite dessert like nuts, and of course, a cherry on top! These additions can provide fiber to your dessert, which in addition to the protein in ice cream and yogurt, can prevent overindulgence and help you to feel full longer. My favorite trick at home: Adding lots of bananas or other fresh fruit to my sundae for extra nutrition!

I have provided for you the secret to my favorite Make Your Own Sundae below. So as the weather warms up, why not head to your neighborhood store to test out your own healthier sundae? I’ll even suggest walking there, as a chance for exercise but also to give you time to consider all your delicious options!

Christine’s Favorite Make Your Own Sundae

½ cup Stewart’s Low Fat Raspberry Fudge Torte Frozen Yogurt
1 Tbsp of chopped nuts
1 tsp of sprinkles (Who can resist?)
And of course, a cherry for the top!

-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN

About Christine:
Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.

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