The craving: Ice cream
Pick lower-calorie soft-serve over the creamy type, and ask for a small or kid-sized serving. “The first three or four licks are probably best, so you don’t need a huge amount to satisfy a craving,” says Shaw-Ewald, adding that it’s a good idea to go out for a single cone rather than buying a whole tub. Eating at home? Try fruit- and vegetable-based “ice creams” (they’re delicious) like pumpkin or banana soft serve or raspberry sorbet. You’ll be amazed at how they satisfy your craving.
If you think frozen yogurt is a healthier treat, think again: “You could get about the same calories as from ice cream, and maybe more sugar,” says Shaw-Ewald. Fruit sorbet or a frozen fruit bar (without artificial flavours or colours) would likely be better choices. “Check labels to compare the calories, fat and sugar, and make a decision based on that.”