Juice Bar vs. Fudgsicle
You might think the fruit bar would be better for you because of the real fruit, but if you’re craving chocolate, don’t feel guilty about the very low-calorie Fudgsicle.
Soft Serve Yogurt vs. Soft Serve Ice Cream
If you are ordering the fro-yo to watch your waistline, don’t bother. Although frozen yogurt has less fat (1.5 grams less per serving and 1 gram less saturated fat), both contain approximately 140 calories per serving. If you’re going to get soft-serve, order nonfat frozen yogurt, which is approximately 110 calories. Oh, and if you decide to have your soft serve dipped in chocolate, it can double your calories.
Italian Gelato vs. Sorbet vs. Italian Ices
I always thought gelato was much lower in calories and fat than regular ice cream, but one cup of Ciao Bella Gelato has almost 500 calories, compared to 520 calories in a cup of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. Both have about the same amount of saturated fat. Sorbet or sherbet would be a better choice. For instance, Haagen-Dazs Strawberry Sorbet has 240 calories in a cup, and Edy’s/Dreyers Berry Rainbow Sherbet is only 260 calories per cup. Your best bet? Italian ices. Yes, that’s right, Marino’s Lemon Italian Ices are only 100 calories per cup — a real Calorie Bargain.
Wafer vs. Sugar vs. Waffle Cone
I was thrilled to find out that the wafer cone — which happens to be my favorite — is the best option of the three, at about 20 calories. Sugar cones have between 50 and 60 calories, while waffle cones are about 100 to 160. And watch out for the chocolate-covered waffle cones, which can pack on a whopping 320 calories — and that’s before you even add the ice cream!
Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked Low Fat Frozen Yogurt vs. Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked Carb Karma
Believe it or not, Carb Karma has 20 fewer calories than light frozen yogurt (180 vs. 200). But if you’re watching cholesterol and fat, beware. Carb Karma has eight grams of saturated fat and 50 milligrams of cholesterol — more than two and a half times the light frozen yogurt. Plus, I must say the low-fat yogurt tastes twice as good.
Organic vs. Regular Ice Cream
Just because the label says “organic” doesn’t mean it has fewer calories. A half-cup serving of Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Organic Ice Cream has 220 calories and 14 grams of fat, 10 of which are saturated. Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Original Ice Cream has 240 calories and 16 grams of fat (11 saturated) in half a cup. Organic cream and organic liquid sugars have no fewer calories than conventional cream and sugar.
Starbucks Frappuccino Light vs. McDonald’s Triple Thick Shake
This might seem like a no-brainer — a Triple Thick Shake just sounds like it will give you triple thick thighs, but be wary of the new Starbucks Frappuccino Light. If you order it with the whipped cream, it’s pretty close to the shake. Instead, go for the plain Coffee Frappuccino. And keep in mind, most of these coffee drinks are desserts, not just beverages or refreshments.
Sprinkles vs. Ground Walnuts
You’d think sprinkles would be the clear winner because they’re so small and seem so innocuous. But just one serving of either nuts or sprinkles has about 200 calories. If you really want one of these toppings, choose the nuts — at least they contain protein and more healthy fat.
Crushed Oreos vs. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
There is no good choice here. Don’t be fooled because the cookies are crushed — that just makes it easier to load two cookies’ worth of crumbs onto your frozen yogurt for an additional 107 calories and five grams of fat. And don’t let the “fat free” fool you — just four tablespoons of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup has 200 calories! Also note that using peanut butter topping adds about 210 calories and hot fudge about 140 calories. Best bet — fresh fruit (not in sugary syrup) or go bare!