Eight 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 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 weight watchers: Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria
Popular ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has hopped on the bandwagon with a new range of low-calorie ice-cream known as Moo-phoria. Using organic skim milk, the three flavours – Chocolate Cookie Affair, Caramel Cookie Fix and P.B. Dough – sit between 150 and 160 calories per serving and is said to contain 36 per cent less fat than your regular scoop. Head to any FairPrice outlet to purchase.
For weight watchers: Callery’s Ice-Cream
Homegrown brand Callery’s is heaven-sent for anyone with a sweet tooth. A serving (65g) of the Vanilla Bean ice cream carries a mere 59 calories – even less than an apple. The natural sweetener used – erythritol – is safe for diabetics and has gotten a stamp of approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. The guilt-free selection also includes Belgian Dark Chocolate (72 calories per serving) and Strawberries & Crème (61 calories per serving). Pick up a pint at any NTUC Fairprice Finest outlet or via Redmart, Oddle and GrabFood .
For diabetics: Swensen’s Guilt-Free ice cream
The first restaurant chain in Singapore to launch an ice cream range adhering to the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Dining guidelines, Swensen’s uses isomaltulose to keep the sugar content low – up to 39 per cent less than the usual. Plus, it contains more soluble fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol levels. Flavour wise, you won’t go wrong with chocolate. Enjoy as a scoop at all outlets or from Swensen’s Build Your Own Sundae selection.
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 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, Jem #03-07 and Sun Plaza #01-19.
For vegans: Smoocht
Sister shop to Brownice, the first outfit to offer vegan ice cream in Singapore, Smoocht ice creams are made with organic brown rice milk instead of fatty dairy, and sweetened with organic cane sugar. Drop by one of their cafes at 8 Sin Ming Road #01-03 or 319 Jurong East Street 31 #01-58. Suitable for the lactose-intolerant and vegans.
For the lactose-intolerant: Alfero Gelato’s sorbets
While sorbets are usually made with fruity flavours, Alfero Gelato took the liberty to create dairy-free sorbet versions of its signature gelato flavours, dark cacao and hazelnut, which are more creamy than icy in texture. Don’t take too long with photos though, the 96 per cent fat-free sorbet should be eaten quickly, as it melts fast due to the absence of preservatives. Enjoy a scoop or pick up a pint at their retail store at 81 MacPherson Lane #01-37. Suitable for vegans and the gluten-intolerant.
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.