7 Healthier Ice Cream Sandwiches

With the complete blast of summer season heat upon us, we are suspecting that an ice cream sandwich might be in your instant future. Our visitor contributor, Densie Webb, PhD, RD, offers her top choices for healthier and delicious cold treats.  – Katherine

I’ve no idea about you, but summer season simply is not summer without one of my favored frozen treats– ice cream sandwiches. It’s a flashback to being a young girl and running through sprinklers and delving into the pool on a hot summer season day.

Fast-forward some 20, 25, 30, 35 years and we’re all grown-up and more concerned about calories and fat, than enjoyable, in our food. But, you can still enjoy some summertime fun without breaking the calorie bank or sending your LDLs and triglycerides and blood glucose levels with the stratosphere.

Several ice cream sandwich options are offered, including Great Humor, Klondike, Turkey Hill, Skinny Cow and, for the lactose intolerant or vegetarian ice cream lovers, Soy Dream Lil’ Dreamers and Tofutti Cuties.

Good Humor, Klondike and Turkey Hillside array from 160 to 190 calories, 4.5 to 7 grams of fat and 2.5 to 3.5 grams of saturated fat each. And as the name clearly suggests, Skinny Cow is the very best calorie bet, providing 140 per sandwich, only 2 grams of fat, and a single gram of saturated fat.

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Soy based options are “snack-size,” or ‘minis’ so they offer more inbuilt section control. Ounce-for-ounce, they are not much lower in calories or total fat than the milk variation, however they make up for it by being substantially lower in saturated fat. So Delicious Minis and Soy Dream Lil’ Dreamers, for instance, offer only 90 and 100 calories per sandwich, 2 and 4 grams of fat, respectively. However they truly shine in the filled fat, with less than a gram of saturated fat per serving. Tofutti Cuties, an additional soy option, have 130 calories per sandwich, 6 grams of fat, and 1 gram of saturated fat.

Sandwich Calories Fat Sat Fat Sugar (grams)
*So Delicious Minis 90 2 .5 8
*Soy Dream Lil’ Dreamers 100 4 4 7
*Tofutti Cuties 130 6 6 9
Skinny Cow 140 2 1 15
Good Humor 160 5 3 13
Kondike 180 4.5 2.5 16
Turkey Hill 190 7 3.5 15
*Non-dairy soy-based ice cream

— Densie Webb, PhD. RD, strives to beat the heat of Austin, Texas by consuming her kids’ ice cream sandwiches