It’s no secret that I love sweets (you do know the name of this blog, don’t you?).
Do you want to know what happens right around this time of year (every year, without fail)? I eat ice cream. A lot of ice cream. Like, every night. The madness needs to stop.
While meal planning this week, I started thinking about some healthier substitutes I could use to satiate my ice cream craving this summer. Here are a few of my favorite items that are cold, sweet, and guilt-free!
Option #1 – “Fro Cho”
I’m not someone who is really a fan of “dessert substitutes.” Just give me the real thing, please. However, frozen Chobani is really, really good! I like to pop one in the freezer right before dinner, and by the time my sweet tooth kicks in I’ve got an ice-cream like treat.
Option #2 – Chobani Flips
I’ve already talked about how much I love the key lime crumble Flip in previous posts. I buy at least one per week (we spend the rest of our Chobani budget on the “regular” cups), and I usually make it to Tuesday before digging into it for dessert. (I always have good intentions and think I’ll “save it,” but it never happens!)
I just bought these at the store this week, and I’ve quickly become obsessed. There are only 25 calories per bar, and 1 gram of sugar. I realize they’re sweetened with Splenda—and that’s not everyone’s thing—but it really doesn’t bother me.
Frozen Yogurt (with moderate toppings)
Frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream, and I love all of the self-serve places that have been popping up. (If we’re getting them here in Reading, PA, I know they’ve got to be in your town, too.)
My downfall with this sweet treat is loading up on the toppings. When I stop and think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever used the fruit toppings available. I go for the “good stuff”—cookie dough, peanut butter cups, gummy bears, etc. Keeping the fro yo portion under control and adding some of the healthier toppings available make this a good option.
I tried these bars for the first time last summer, and they’re great—a little creamier than a regular ice pop. Chris and I were able to find them at BJ’s and purchased a big box for a reasonable price. Since I’ve first tried them, they’ve come out with lots of yummy flavors, so I’ll have to track these down again.
You can’t beat a fruit smoothie on a warm summer day! Fresh or frozen fruit, combined with yogurt, milk, protein powder, etc. makes for a sweet—but healthy—snack.
Do you have any “sweet substitutes” I should add to this list?