Have you ever wondered what ice cream you can pick up on the go that won’t destroy your diet? Well, you’ll likely want to know what the healthiest fast food ice cream is. With less and less restaurants serving ice cream in favour of milkshakes and thickshakes, it’s harder and harder to find a decent ice cream. But don’t despair; I’m here to help.
With the majority of Starbucks getting rid of their introduction of ice cream, is this a sign that people don’t really want ice cream as their dessert any longer? Or is it just a sign that serving ice cream and coffee together doesn’t work the same as after a full meal?
For this question, we’re looking at the staples of the menu – not the occasional promotional ice cream that these fast food restaurants may features. We want reliability in our ice cream – you can’t offer me a limited edition peanut butter fudge deluxe uber delicious sundae one day, then take it away the next. It’s just not fair.
What’s the Healthiest Fast Food Ice Cream?
McDonalds – Oreo McFlurry
The King. The ruler of them all. Undoubtedly the most popular dessert in the United States, the McFlurry commands respect by all those who choose to eat it.
No, but seriously, the McFlurry is an extremely popular option all around the world. Now, it’s difficult to fit into your dieting plans, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. If you’re in the United States, you can always opt for a snack size McFlurry to save yourself some cals, but if you’re in Europe or elsewhere you’re unlikely to have that option.
Calories (Snacksize) – 340
Wendys – Vanilla Frosty
A vanilla frosty is one of the most popular desserts in the United States. They were instantly popular since their inception back in the 60’s; Wendy’s still serve hundreds of millions of delicious Frosty’s every year. Unfortunately, Frosty’s aren’t still 35 cents as they were when they were first released.
Calories (Junior) – 190
Dairy Queen – Oreo Blizzard
Whilst you might not think that the Blizzard is one of the better options on the menu, it’s actually much lower in calories than some of the other options you can choose. The Blizzard is quite a bit younger than the Frosty, having only been around since the mid 80’s. If you’re looking to try one of the various promotional offers that they create, be sure to check the calories first!
Calories (Mini) – 380
Chick Fil A – Icedream
Whilst the icedream might not give you the same excitement as some of the other ice creams that I’ve listed, it’s pretty darn low in calories! This is mainly because it’s very plain, but it still hits the right spot if you’re after a healthy dessert option.
I don’t know about you, but where I’m located you get the option to ask for your icedream served in a cup as opposed to a cone. If you can, do this; you can save yourself 50 calories!
Calories – 170
KFC – Maltesers Krushem
If you’re not in the UK, you might not be familiar with a KFC Krushem. They’re essentially like a thick shake, but they’re so thick that they’re basically an ice cream. The calories vary a lot between the different types, so opt for maltesers if you’re watching the calories.
If you’re interested in making one of these Krushem’s at home, check out this super easy to follow recipe!
Calories – 325
Burger King – Chocolate Sundae
The Burger King Chocolate sundae is a must for those who loves a traditional ice cream. Whilst it lacks the complexity of a Mcflurry, it’s perfect if you just want a two flavor dessert to tingle the tastebuds.
Yes, the picture featured is an Oreo sundae, which they no longer serve at my local BK. Sad face.
Calories – 270
Sonic Drive In – Shake
Honestly, I don’t really like putting Sonic in a list of ‘healthiest’ ice creams. If you go to Sonic, you should really treat yourself and take advantage of all the toppings they offer!
Now remember, the 250 calories refers to the plain ice cream cone. Any toppings you choose to add to that are your own responsibility, don’t blame me!
Calories – 250
Honourable mention goes out to Pizza Hut and Tim Hortons, who we couldn’t really include in the list. Why? Well, if you go to the majority of the fast food restaurants, they give you the opportunity to do it yourself. For this reason, it’s literally impossible to count calories!
One of the better ways to keep it healthy is to completely ignore fast food ice cream and make it yourself. This way, you know exactly what’s going into your stomach. Or, you can visit a ice cream shop and they will give you ice cream scooped into a cone or bowl. Check out Uncle Mike‘s guide to ice cream scoops.
I know it seems off to have a list of the healthiest fast food ice creams – in many ways, you’d probably be better of just forgetting about your diet for one day and getting back on the wagon tomorrow. Remember to allow yourself an (ice cream) break every now and then, otherwise you’ll end up getting burned out on your diet anyways!