Be Cool!

Summer in Texas is definitely here!  Temperatures all over Texas are set to hit the high 90’s and low 100’s this week.  While most dietitians will tell you to cool off with some nice cold melon and a glass of ice water, we also know that many people just want to enjoy a cold treat!  Since all foods can fit into a healthy diet (in moderation), here are a few treat suggestions to consider. 

Let’s start with some frozen yogurt bars.  These are made from Greek yogurt and come in a variety of flavors.  Each bar contains the following:
Calories: 80
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 50 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 15g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 6g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 8%
Calcium: 10%
Iron: 2%

Ingredients: Nonfat milk, Greek yogurt (cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, live active cultures), strawberries, sugar, milk protein concentrate, maltodextrin, contains less than 2% of: concentrated strawberry juice, natural flavor, citric acid, red beet juice (color), pectin, water, guar gum, locust bean gum.

Is a popsicle more your style?  Why not try Ruby Rockets Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Pops.  These also come in a variety of flavors and are one way to sneak a little fruit and vegetables into your diet (the dietitian in me couldn’t resist). There are no artificial colors, flavors, or sugars added to these.  Each bar contains the following:
Calories: 25
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 10 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 6g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 0g
Vitamin A: 30%
Vitamin C: 30%
Calcium: 1%
Iron: 2%
Ingredients:  Filtered water, organic sweet potato puree, organic strawberry puree, organic white grape juice, organic carrot puree, organic red beet puree, organic banana puree, organic red beet juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 (contains soy), citric acid.
We can’t talk about frozen treats and not include ice cream!  These slow churned ice creams are some of my favorite.  The slow churning allows for less ice crystals to form, leaving a creamier texture than most low-fat ice creams.  The flavor I chose here is a classic: Rocky Road!  Each ½ cup serving contains the following:
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5g
Sodium: 30mg
Total Carbohydrates: 18g
Fiber: less than 1g
Sugar: 14g
Protein: 3g
Vitamin A: 4%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 6%
Iron: 4%
Ingredients:  Non-fat milk, sugar, miniature marshmallows (corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, gelatin), cream, corn syrup, almonds (almonds, partially hydrogenated soybean oil), whey protein, maltodextrin, propylene glycol, monostearate, guar gum, natural flavor, xanthan gum, carrageenan, vitamin A palmitate.
Perhaps you are looking for a creamy texture, but no dairy.  We have a variety of options, but here is  one option: Soy Dream Butter Pecan.  This non-dairy option contains the following per ½ cup serving:
Calories: 190
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 140mg
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 14g
Protein: less than 1g
 Ingredients: Filtered water, organic soy base (organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice dextrin, organic soymilk [soybeans], natural flavors, sea salt), organic expeller pressed sunflower oil and/or canola oil and/or safflower oil, pecan pralines (pecans, organic evaporated can juice, vanilla extract, contains 2% or less of potato starch, guar gum, carob bean gum, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin.



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