3 healthier ice-cold treats
Indulging in a cool summer dessert doesn’t have to leave you feeling guilty. Here are three of our favourite healthier ice-cold treats
Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Triple Chocolate Chip bars
Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Triple Chocolate Chip bars are chocolate ice cream with fudge swirls and chips under a chocolate coating. Each 75 mL bar has 120 calories, 1 g protein, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 5 mg chol-esterol and 25 mg sodium. ($7, 450 mL, 6 bars)
We tried it: I love chocolate, and I'd choose a frozen bar over a bowl of ice cream for dessert any day-no dish to wash. The texture of this bar is rich and creamy, yet each has half the fat of regular ice cream. It's a guilt-free way to satisfy my cravings. If you're not the chocolate fan that I am, you may find this too intense. -Jennifer Walker, Senior Content Editor
Nestlé The Skinny Cow Cookies & Cream sandwiches
Nestlé The Skinny Cow Cookies & Cream sandwiches are the low-cal and low-fat version of the treat you loved as a kid. Each 118 mL sandwich has 140 calories, 3 g protein, 1.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 31 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 5 mg cholesterol and 100 mg sodium. ($7, 590 mL, 5 sandwiches)
We tried it: These are generously portioned for only 140 calories. Typically with a snack this size, I'd eat half and freeze the rest, thinking that I'm saving calories, but I scarfed one down during a 4 p.m. energy dip at work. I liked it, though I found the cookie part soft. But all in all, this is a great snack when watching calories. -Rhonda Rovan, Beauty Editor
Del Monte Real Fruit frozen fruit bars
Del Monte Real Fruit frozen fruit bars are, as the name suggests, made with real fruit juice (there is some added sugar). Each bar (50 mL) has 50 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g fat, 13 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 0 mg chol-esterol and 0 mg sodium.
($7, 600 mL, 12 bars)
We tried it: These taste like summer on a stick. The bars are packaged in pairs, with "raspberry and blackberry" and "peach and mango" in the box I tested. I preferred the berry one, finding the other slightly too sweet for my taste. But either makes an excellent low-cal afternoon snack. It's a refreshing way to get more fruit in my diet. -Margaret Nearing, Senior Editor
Make your own tasty treats
From brownies and tiny tea cakes to tortes and delicate pastries, you'll satisfy the sweet cravings of your family and friends every time with homemade treats from Desserts. With easy step-by-step instructions, you'll whip up yummy time-tested classics from cheesecakes, crisps, and strudels to more exotic delights such as mousses, madeleines, and sorbets. Plus, it's loaded with helpful tips and baking techniques. It even features 30 recipes that indicate dietary concerns such as diabetes, gluten-intolerance, low-carb, and more.