Six places to get icy treats that won’t ruin your diet.
To all the strict dieters out there, cut yourself some slack and have an icy cold treat to beat the heat. It is okay to eat ice cream occasionally and research shows that total deprivation doesn’t work anyway.
Instead, scan the label to make a better choice: a 91g to 100g serving (about a scoop) should not contain more than 250 calories and 15g of fat, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. Or, try one of these six ice cream brands that will hit the sweet spot without popping your waistline. Pop by their stores for an afternoon treat. Just be sure to stick to one serving!
For a boost in your gut health: Smöoy
Besides gluten-free Spanish frozen yogurts, Smöoy also serves low-fat soft serve ice creams in classic vanilla and chocolate flavours. These prebiotic and high in fibre options are great for your gut health. Just watch your choice of toppings and avoid anything that’s high in sugar. Head to their outlets at Oue Downtown #03-28, Our Tampines Hub #01-105, Suntec City #02-605, Jem #03-07 and Northpoint City #B2-124.
For vegans: Brownice
The first outfit to offer vegan ice cream in Singapore, Brownice ice creams are made with organic brown rice milk instead of fatty dairy. Drop by one of their cafes at Sin Ming Centre #01-03 or 53 East Coast Road (which also serves mains). Suitable for the lactose-intolerant and vegans.
For the lactose-intolerant: Soyato
Named healthier choice by the Health Promotion Board, Soyato serves up tubs of luscious soya-based treats. Options for the lactose-intolerant and vegans are available. Head to major supermarkets to purchase.
For diabetics: Sugalight
Instead of sugar, the selection of ice cream at Sugalight contains xylitol, a natural sugar substitute. (Check out their cheeky hashtag #icecreamsiudai!) Great for diabetics and weight watchers, who can also try it at cafes like Bakery Brera, Trung Nguyen Coffee (International Plaza) and Fresh Plus.
For pistachio lovers: Alfero Artisan Gelato
The team’s absolute favourite flavour from Alfero? Pistachio. Irresistibly smooth and creamy, their signature and best-selling flavour is made from premium nuts from Bronte, which are hailed as the world’s best. Eat in at 81 Macpherson Lane #01-37.
For all-natural ingredients: 320 Below
Made with nitrogen a la minute, the delicious treats from 320 Below are made with natural ingredients – and right in front of customers upon ordering. Other than being low in sugar, there are no flavourings, preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilisers. Head to their outlet at The Central, Clarke Quay #01-27.