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You can cut your ice cream calories

I scream, you scream. We all scream for ice cream.

Okay, summer season has officially arrived. Even here in Chicago where we have experienced the coldest spring in my memory. So, let’s talk about ice cream.

Ice cream was one of the highlights of my childhood summers and I can’t deny still feeling attracted to it at this time of year.

A waffle cone can double the calories in your ice cream treat.

A waffle cone can double the calories in your ice cream treat.

For the most part, ice cream is empty calories, but with a little foresight, you can still enjoy some without getting into trouble. Just don’t overdo it. Continue reading


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Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Bars – Good Savings; Bad Buy

Costco just sent out a book of coupons that became effective today. I usually go to Costco on Thursday because that’s the day the fresh strawberries and blueberries are delivered and I can be sure of getting some.

The coupon book included one for 15 Haagen Dazs vanilla almond ice cream bars. As we are going through a terrible heat spell here, I considered ice cream bars to be a good snack idea. I picked some up. I think I saved $3 on the box, probably about 20%. Not a bad buy.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to check out the nutrients until I got home. The bars are 3 fl ounces, but they have 310 calories, 22 grams of fat of which 13 are saturated fat. Compare this with the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches that I wrote about and recommended June 24. They are 4 fl ounces, 33% bigger! They have only 140 calories, less than half! They contain less than 2 grams of fat.

I have mentioned previously that riding my bicycle 20 miles or so a day burns close to 1000 calories, so I can easily eat this Haagen Dazs bar without fear of gaining weight. However, this is an excellent example of empty calories. Why add such low grade fuel when my body needs extra energy for riding. I can eat a snack of pepitas (which I wrote about on June 20) with 250 calories, but 18 grams of valuable protein. That is real food, and a tasty snack, too.


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