I don't care if it's rainy or chilly. Ice cream is a year round treat. I am an optimist so I can come up with several reasons to buy, and eat, ice cream right now; less people in line at the custard stand when the weather is under the weather, more choices in the store since no one else is crazy to buy like me, and my favorite: it doesn't melt as fast in 65 degrees as it does in 85 degrees.
So, with that in mind the next thing that taps our conscience is how bad it is for us. I enjoy eating healthy but I wouldn't go so far as to say my body is a temple (it is, if that temple has building blocks made of chips, chocolate and cheesy pizza). I have done some research to help you keep your taste buds and waist line happy.
Calories seem to be what everyone is concerned with, but in my opinion fat is where we should put our attention. Without getting into complicated details I can tell you (as a professional nurse) that fats are bad, but saturated fat is the enemy that clogs arteries.
I stuck with plain old vanilla just to keep some form of a constant as I compared labels between two brands, Wegmans and Turkey Hill. I will not be making any comparisons to Fifty Shades here, sorry.
You will find if shopping at Wegmans each carton of Wegmans ice cream is $2.49, and Turkey Hill is currently $2.99. All serving sizes are 1/2 cup.
WEGMANS BRAND 48 fl. oz TURKEY HILL BRAND-1.5 qt
*Premium Original Recipe Vanilla bean
*Premium Original Vanilla
*Homemade Vanilla (yellowish/red pkg)
Calories 140 Calories 140
Total fat 7g Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 4.5g Saturated fat 4.5g
Low Fat Creamy Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Vanilla Bean (pink pkg)
Calories 110 Calories 70 made with Splenda
Total fat 2.5g Total fat 0g
Saturated fat 1.5g Saturated fat 0g
Light Extra Churned Fr. Vanilla Light Recipe Vanilla Bean (blue pkg)
Calories 120 Calories 100
Total fat 3.5g Total fat 2g
Saturated fat 2g Saturated fat 1.5g
Wegmans Premium Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Vanilla Bean
(purple greenish pkg)
Calories 270 Calories 90
Total fat 18g Total fat 0g
Saturated fat 11g Saturated fat 0g
Okay, now that you have food for thought, let's talk taste. I personally do not like any artificial sweeteners and believe I'd rather have my teeth rot out than my insides, so I stick with sugar. I cannot give a realistic opinion of the fat free version as I've never had it. All the others I have had. I am not a connoisseur by far, but I do know what mouth-feel is and whether something is yummy.
I can say the regular kinds of ice cream are creamier (see the last Wegmans entry) but then again they have more milk fat so they would. To me there is not much difference is the low fat and light recipes. They are lighter in taste but definitely not like ice milk (yuck). They're still good and satisfy the urge and need for a sweet. I am also a big fan of the frozen yogurt even with limited flavor choices. I do not stress at all to have 90 calories and not a lick of fat, especially since most of us do not eat only a half cup (please, they should give honkin' bowl size nutritional information).
And, like some believe, plain old vanilla is good. Whatever you choose this summer happy eating!