“Healthy ice cream bars”.. is that even possible? Well, yes actually. There are a few different ice cream bars that you can opt for if you’re looking to enjoy something and cut calories at the same time.
Depending on what you’re looking for, you can almost definitely find a way to turn your ice cream addiction into something healthy. There are tons of options for finding healthy ice cream bars, whether that be using different variations of ice cream like sorbet and gelatos, or just using skim milk and lower fat cream. You can definitely find a lower calorie ice cream that you can make part of any diet.
Here, I’m going to have a quick look with your through these different ice cream bars that you can make part of you and your families diet.
Super Healthy Ice Cream Bars
The Skinny Cow Fudge Bars
Calories per bar: 110
If you want an extremely low fat fudge bar – yes, low fat and fudge in the same sentence is possible – then you’ll definitely want to check out some of the products from The Skinny Cow. Their products are specifically made for dieters, so if you want to indulge whilst on a diet, it’s a safe option to go with some of their products.
Calories per bar: 70-90
Enlightened undoubtedly make some of the best healthy dairy products around; I’ve been a massive fan for a while now. These ice cream bars are an absolute lifesaver if you’re on a diet. They’re really really low in fat, and really really high in protein – perfect if you’re looking for an ice cream bars you can eat after the gym without feeling guilty.
Whilst they’re usually pretty expensive in comparison compared to normal ice cream bars, in my eyes they’re worth every penny. With various different flavors ranging from birthday cake to red velvet, you’re guaranteed to find an ice cream bar that you like.
Coconut Bliss Bars
Calories per bar: 160
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty big on my health – it’s difficult to stay healthy when you could easily eat copious amounts of Ben & Jerrys every day!
If I’m trying to stay healthy, I usually try to avoid ice creams made with lots of dairy cream and opt for a vegan alternative. These coconut bliss bars are made from organic coconut milk and organic agave syrup, so you can be sure that although they might be a tad high in calories, they’re not filled with chemicals and other stuff. If organic food is important to you, then these coconut bliss bars might be a great option for you.
Jonny Pops Bars
Calories per bar: 140-190
Jonny Pops bars are one of the lesser know ice cream bars on the list, though that doesn’t mean they’re any less delicious than some of the more known brands!
Starting as just a small company in Minnesota a few years ago, they’re now stored in almost every state around the US. You should check them out on social media (Instagram link), their development as a brand is pretty inspiring!
Calories per bar: 40-70 cal non-dairy; 80-120 cal cream-based
Goodpop bars are a great choice if you’re looking for super low healthy ice cream bars that you can eat on your diet plan. They’re made up of organic ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about them being pumped full of chemicals. Because of the way that they are made and their ingredients, they are naturally gluten free – this means you don’t need to worry about eating these bars if you’re a celiac or have gluten intolerance.
There’s a great story behind them too, when a young entrepreneur decided to take a chance in 2009 and produced the glorious Goodpop brand. Cool!
Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars
Calories per bar: 90
When in doubt.. go with Weight Watchers! Whilst I’m not a massive fans of their Candy Bars, these Giant Fudge bars are pretty delicious at only 90 calories a bar (they’re not my idea of “giant”, but whatever).
The majority of healthy ice cream bars will tend to go for fully skim milk to help cut calories, with these Weight Watchers bars being a prime example of that. Keeping the calories low is great for diabetes. With less than a gram of fat per bar, you’re able to cut calories down and ensure you can enjoy this treat without any guilt.
Julie’s Organic Sorbet Bars
Calories per bar – 60
Julie’s organic Bars have been around for over 20 years now, and their newer recipes are as delicious as ever. Whilst they aren’t technically an ice cream bar, they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a healhy alternative.
Julie’s Organic also make ice cream bars, but I couldn’t really include them in the healthy list because well.. they’re not that healthy! (full fat milk, heavy cream and cane sugar won’t get you on this list I’m afraid!).
Calories per bar – 45-100
If you’re after something a bit different, then you could opt for something like Eatpops. They produce some delicious frozen bars, even if some of the recipes are a bit different.
Now, they are pretty damn expensive I’ll admit, but if you want to feel good about yourself and detox your body, then you could opt for these as an alternative to more unhealthy ice cream. You’re super likely to crave weird flavors when you’re pregnant, and they do come in some pretty.. unique flavors, with Kale being one of their most popular options (I know what you’re thinking.. kale?! Well, try it before you judge it!).
Luvo Yogurt Bars
Calories per bar – 90
You may not have heard of Luvo bars before, but they’re still pretty popular. they’re probably best known for having Derek Jeter as an ambassador!
Whilst they aren’t considered to be ice cream bars, they’re still a delicious alternative to ice cream bars. If you’re looking for a yogurt bars that is particularly low in calories, then a Luvo bar might be a great option for you.
Calories per bar – 90
If you’ve ever been inside a Walmart, you’ve undoubtedly seen these Yoplait bars. Whilst they aren’t going to set the world alight with their taste and texture, they’re a good choice if you want a delicious bars that is relatviely low in calories.
I love love looove this idea of using these bars as a summer DIY treat with your kids! You can always use the bars with healthy fruit purees to dip in to liven up the taste a little bit – great fun for the whole family!
Snickers Mini Ice Cream Bars
Calories per bar – 90
Okay, the reason that these mini snickers bars could be considered as healthy may be based on the size as opposed to the actual contents of the bar, but it’s still super low in calories and could make the perfect after dinner treat for your kids.
Snickers ice cream bars have been a popular choice for a while now as an alternative to fast food ice cream. Whilst they definitely aren’t the healthiest of options, you could do a lot worse if you’re after a quick bite.
Yasso Bars tend to range anywhere between 70-100 calories, and whilst they’re not technically ice cream bars, they still offer you the same refreshing feeling. My personal favorite is the Cookies and Cream ice cream bars, which although they’re a little higher than the rest at 100 cals, it’s totally worth it!
Yasso have a vast array of other delicious desserts too, so be sure to check them out and see what other kind of delicacies you can devour!
And now, for the slightly less healthy…
Rice Dream Bars
Calories per bar: 290
Yes yes, you read that right that there’s 290 calories per Rice Dream Bar. That can’t be healthy, right?
Well whilst you might think they’re a bit high in calories – and you’d be right in thinking that – the amount of calories in your ice cream bars doesn’t define how healthy it is. This bar is coated with high fat things like nuts and coconut oil, so it’s bound to be on the high side when it comes to calories. This doesn’t, however, mean that it’s unhealthy! Far from it, in fact.
If you want a natural ice cream bar, then you should consider this one from DREAM (this is a rice dream, but they make a nice almond dream too!).
So Delicious Bars
Calories per bar: 180
Everyone know I loooove So Delicious products. This is mainly because they’re made with high quality ingredients, and they taste delicious.. hence the name!
So Delicious have a massive array of ice cream bars, made from coconut milk, almond milk.. even cashew milk! Whilst their products might be a tad high on the calories, I can’t deny them from the list when you really consider how much 180 calories is. That’s only two apples, or a bag of chips – so it’s not that bad, right?
Perrys Ice Cream Bars
Calories per bar: 180
Much similar to the Magnums that you’ll find dominate the ice cream market in the UK and Europe, Perry’s is a US equivalent that whilst isn’t the healthiest, do keep the calories below 200.
They don’t quite have the variety of some of the other ice cream bars that I’ve listed, but this doesn’t mean to say they aren’t as delicious! Give thesePerry ice cream bars a chance; you won’t be disappointed.
What makes an ice cream bar healthy, anyway?
I’m glad you asked. There are a few things that you should consider if you’re looking to get yourself a super healthy ice cream bar. They are;
Calories – First comes first, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds then the amount of calories in your ice cream is undoubtedly the thing that you want to consider. If you can find an ice crea bars that’s under 100 calories, you’re pretty much golden.
Low Sugar – Keeping the sugar count low is difficult with ice cream, as a certain amount of sugar is pretty much necessary for it to be made (or a sugar alternative). If you need to, you can always opt for a diabetic ice cream to keep the calories down.
Low Fat – Whilst the fat in milk isn’t necessarily bad, especially if you’re opting for a milk alternative like coconut milk, then keeping the fat lower is great for cutting calories.
Lack of Chemicals – This is something that people always forget, and it kind of frustrates me! Ice cream doesn’t need a ton of additional ingredients to be made, so try to avoid anything with an abundance of additional chemicals. And if you really want to avoid this stuff, you can opt for a good quality sorbet.
Overall, it’s important to remember that ice cream should be eaten as a treat – not all day every day! One of the best ways to ensure you’re not eating too much ice cream is too eat healthy ice cream bars, as they limit the number of calories you can eat to a good amount, and you don’t need to worry about having to scoop your own ice cream. You should always make sure that you don’t restrict yourself too much, so don’t hesitate to pick yourself up a nice ice cream bar treat every now and then.