Is It Okay to Eat Ice Cream?
This National Ice Cream Month, the summer heat is in full effect, making a scoop of your favorite flavor the perfect treat to refresh, reset, and even energize! But should we celebrate if we’re worried about our health?
Ice cream is a frozen dessert made of milk, cream, sugar and other ingredients. This simple combination is a time-tested classic. Yet, with all the new ice cream alternatives on the market, it’s hard not to wonder if regular old ice cream may not be the best choice.
Is Ice Cream Healthy?
Yes, ice cream can be part of an overall healthy diet.
All foods are great in moderation. You know ice cream is totally satisfying, but did you know it’s the full-fat dairy ingredients that make for a more satisfying experience? Eating snacks and meals that are inclusive of all macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein) can help you to feel fuller.
Plus, ice cream made with classic dairy can also bring along dairy’s classic benefits! If you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your ice cream, check nutrition labels at the store or online and select an ice cream that is high in dairy’s natural, high-quality protein, a major building block for your body, as well as calcium, which is vital for bone health!
How Much Ice Cream Is Too Much?
Listen to your body with love and care. If you’re concerned, pay attention to portion sizes and enjoy in moderation.
We get it – it can be hard to not over-indulge and feel guilty later! First of all, remember that indulgence is nothing to feel guilty about, as long as you’re making balanced choices, following MyPlate guidelines, and eating for overall wellbeing.
So, pay attention to the portion size as listed on the carton (it’s okay if you sometimes go over!). An easy way to avoid unnecessary overindulgence is to buy a scoop or two of ice cream from your local ice cream shop. This limits your serving size in a seamless and still-satisfying way! At home, you can try dressing up your conscious portion with nutritious toppings like fruit and nut butter, but don’t beat yourself up if you go back for a little more!
Should I Cut Down on Ice Cream?
Remember that there are benefits to ice cream beyond the nutrition facts label. Ice cream provides enjoyment and pleasure in life. Happiness is an essential component of overall health!
Along with the physical gratification of ice cream, it is also a staple precious moment, creating opportunities for bonding time and shared gratitude. Getting ice cream with friends after spending the day at the beach or enjoying a scoop with a slice of birthday cake can make for unforgettable moments of connection that shouldn’t be skipped so hastily! Enjoy the double-scoop waffle cone. Laugh with those you cherish. Create the precious moments.
Ultimately, ice cream can absolutely have a place in both your diet and your life!