Ice cream is the cherry on top of the dessert sundae. In fact, ice cream is the most popular dessert in America. What makes a scoop so sinfully sweet? Most commercial ice creams are high in fat and loaded with added sugar.
But icy treats don’t have to be full of sugar and fat! While it’s true your pearly whites aren’t fond of sugar, they love calcium, a key nutrient for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones. And, if you don’t get enough calcium, you’re increasing your risk for gum disease.
So what’s a smile to do? Keep the calcium, cut the sugar and reduce the fat. Creating healthy ice cream may sound intimidating, but it’s easier than you think!
Make like a reporter and get the scoop on our favorite healthy ice cream recipes. And grab your umbrella – there may be a chance of sprinkles.
Every day is sorbet day with fresh fruit and a few other healthy ingredients. Whip up a sorbet base and add your favorite frozen fruit. Delight your pearly whites – pick a sorbet star with a high-water content, such as pears or apples.
These banana split bites are a tooth-healthy twist on a summer classic. The dessert-on-a-stick features fruit, nut “sprinkles” and a coat of chocolate. Chocolate may not be sugar-free, but it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. It dissolves quickly in the mouth, which decreases the amount of time sugar touches your teeth.
° Greek Frozen Yogurt
Greek yogurt is low in fat and contains body-enhancing probiotics. And according to a new study, probiotic ice cream may boost kids’ dental health. It’s simple to make your own Greek frozen yogurt, and it’s so creamy you won’t even notice the difference. This basic vanilla bean recipe is flavorful and packed with protein.
Let us know if you have another healthy summer treat you love. Share the recipe in the comments below.