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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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How to Lose Weight Using Portion Control

My main focus is living a healthy life and exercising regularly. Paying attention to what I eat is a primary tool and one of the best techniques for this is paying attention to portion control and serving size. I truly don’t try to lose weight. I have been within five pounds of 155 for the past eight years.

If you are overweight, you can use the portion control tool to jump start your weight loss efforts.

This was my idea of a ‘serving’ of pasta. No wonder I was always overweight.

Over the course of the past couple of years, I have found out how very much I didn’t know about the subject. When we started the blog, I began reading about various weight loss techniques. One of the first I encountered was portion control and serving size. I was already counting calories, but I had no feeling at all for portion control. My idea of one serving was the amount I would serve myself. For example, pasta. I love pasta and eat it regularly. Prior to working on the blog, my idea of a serving of pasta was a plateful of it. (See photo).
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How to Cut Your Ice Cream Calories

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

Okay, summer season has officially arrived with the passing of Memorial Day. Even here in Chicago where we have experienced the coldest spring in my memory, the temperature is forecast to reach 80F today. 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 need to overdo it.

For starters, a serving of ice cream is a half cup. To visualize that picture a baseball. That’s about it. That small amount of vanilla ice cream has 145 calories, 7.9 grams of fat, 4.9 grams of saturated fat, 15.3 grams of sugar and 2.5 grams of protein. You can look at a serving of ice cream in my write up of the portion plate.

Clearly, it doesn’t take much ice cream to mount up the calories. If you want to enjoy it anyway, I suggest keeping serving size in mind and skipping the accoutrements, like chocolate syrup, whipped cream and cones.

WebMD has a nice quiz on ice cream that I recommend taking. Among other things, it gives an excellent explanation of the impact of ice cream cones. “A sugar cone can have been 60 and 130 calories; a waffle cone can range from 120 to 160 calories.

If you get fancier and opt for say, a chocolate-dipped waffle cone at Ben and Jerry’s, the waffle cone alone will cost you 320 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat.

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The best bet? Save your calories for the ice cream itself and order your dessert in a cup. That’s calorie- and fat-free.”

So, skipping the cone can save you some big time calories.

For the record, I will probably have ice cream once or twice this season. I have found over the past year that when I get a hankering for something cold and sweet, I go to my fridge and get out a couple of slices of pineapple. Only 42 calories each and they really hit the spot for me.

Tony

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How to Lose Weight Using Portion Control

For the record, I advocate living a healthy life, eating intelligently and exercising regularly. I am not into ‘weight loss’ any more. By living healthy, I have melted off excess pounds and they stay off.

If you are carrying extra weight and want a superb tool for getting control of your weight and waist, you must know about portion control and serving size.

This was my idea of a ‘serving’ of pasta. No wonder I was always overweight.

Over the course of the past couple of years, I have found out how very much I didn’t know about the subject. When we started the blog, I began reading about various weight loss techniques. One of the first I encountered was portion control and serving size. I was already counting calories, but I had no feeling at all for portion control. My idea of one serving was the amount I would serve myself. For example, pasta. I love pasta and eat it regularly. Prior to working on the blog, my idea of a serving of pasta was a plateful of it. (See photo).
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Vita Mix – Mango Ice Cream

My new Vita Mix machine comes with an introductory DVD that shows a woman making several really attractive-looking items. One is extremely simple – Peach Ice Cream. You combine frozen peaches, skimmed milk, some sugar and a flavoring or two in the Vita Mix for around a minute and, Voila, peach ice cream. At the end of it the woman says, “You can do this with any fresh fruit, just add ice cubes.”

Now, we are going through a tropical heat wave here in Chicago. There were severe heat warnings issued about caring for the very young and the elderly. They made me uncomfortable about my morning bike ride. I did it, but felt uncomfortable about it. Anyway, the thought of making instantaneous (and healthy) ice cream in my new machine was just too much temptation.

I went down to the grocery store in my building and got a fresh mango. I don’t know that I have ever had mango, but this was an experiment. Why not try new ground?

I followed the instructions on the DVD. I put in 1/4 cup of milk, all of the mango that I could get free of the peel. Some sugar (obviously, this has to be ‘to taste’). Two cups of ice cubes later and I was ready to power up.

The Vita Mix blended and pulverized the contents of the container inside of a minute and just like in the DVD I had a lovely frozen treat. I got lucky on the amount of sugar because my mango ice cream was delicious. I ate up what was probably two cups of it and I consumed little more than 100 calories.

Keeping in mind the lessons we learned from the Portion Plate, the two cups of delicious homemade ice cream I consumed would equal around 600 calories of store bought ice cream.
One cup of sliced mango has 107 calories, no fat or cholesterol, 3 mg of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and one gram of protein.

An awesome cold treat on the steamy hot Chicago summer days, and it was extraordinarily simple to create.

I recommend it.

Tony

Other Vita Mix recipe posts include:
How to Vita Mix a Low Cal Copy of the Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine,
Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon
Vita Mix – Hot Chicken Soup
Vita Mix – Another Green Smoothie
A St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie – Vita-Mix
Vita-Mix – Cold Peach Summer Smoothie
Vita-Mix – Cold Green Soup
Vita-Mix – Green Smoothies
Vita-Mix – Watermelon Sorbet Recipe
Vita-Mix – Garden Fresh Cocktail

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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.

Tony

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How Many Calories in One Serving of Vanilla Ice Cream?

In the interest of getting a feel for portion sizes and serving sizes, I put one serving of ice cream on this Portion Plate. The Portion Plate itself doesn’t have a serving size for ice cream, but it shows a baseball as a one cup size. I have to confess it was a revelation to me how very little ice cream makes up a single serving.

1/2 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream on the Portion Plate.

One serving of ice cream is 1/2 cup, 66 grams. This is a photo of 1/2 cup of ice cream on the Portion Plate. When I have scooped ice cream out of a container, I have never stopped at this small of a quantity… half the size of a baseball. Clearly, most people eat a lot of calories when the sit down for ‘some ice cream.’

This single serving of vanilla ice cream has 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 20 mg of cholesterol, 35 mg of sodium 14 grams of carbohydrate, no fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Tony

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