Happy National Ice Cream Day!
We all scream for ice cream. Here are some tips on how to add some nutritional value to this classic indulgence. (And wow your taste buds).
Typical ice cream toppings are pure sugar – rainbow sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce – sugar on top of sugar. Try balancing out ice cream’s sweetness with a tangy or salty topping.
For that sweet and salty combo, try topping your favorite flavor with dry roasted peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or walnuts.
For a tangy fruity topping, use frozen mixed berries (avoid bottled “fruit” topping as it is mostly sugar and chemicals). Add a tiny amount of sugar and lemon juice to the frozen berries, heat in a sauce pan, and serve!
Also, try mixing up textures! Here’s a crunchy topping that compliments creamy ice cream:
Toasted Coconut Topping
Toast a cup of shredded coconut in the oven at 300 degrees until the coconut is golden brown. Grind 2 oz. of peanuts or any of your favorite nuts in a food processor. Put one cup of any multigrain flakes or plain corn flakes in a food storage bag, seal it and crush the flakes so you have very small pieces. Combine the coconut, nuts, and cereal and sprinkle on top of your favorite ice cream.
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Finally, buy ice cream with fewer ingredients – this means less added corn syrup, chemicals and preservatives. Try Haagen Dazs FIVE ice cream. This series comes in has only five ingredients, and is lower in fat and sugar than a lot of ice creams without the added chemicals of typical “diet” ice creams. Haagen Daza FIVE currently has six flavors: caramel, strawberry, lemon, mint, coffee, vanilla bean, and milk chocolate. All are amazingly creamy and flavorful.