Healthy Ice Cream Swaps

Ice cream has always been one of my favorite desserts. So “dieting” without eating ice cream just seemed like a life I did not want to live. Also in my process of getting healthy and losing weight, I learned that I was lactose intolerant. Eating dairy just made my stomach hurt. However, I just thought that was normal until I cut out dairy and realized it wasn’t. So for the past 1-2 years I have been on the hunt for healthy ice cream alternatives. Here are my favorites that I have found thus far!

Nice Cream

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Nine times out of ten, this hits the spot. If you don’t know what nice cream is its just blended frozen bananas. You just freeze really ripe bananas (the more ripe, the more sweet they are) and once they are frozen you just pop them in a blender and it turns into this creamy consistency. This is great on its own. As a chocolate lover, I love to add cacao powder to make it chocolate flavor. I’ve made all sorts of flavors from mint chocolate chip to peanut butter. I just make whatever I’m craving!

Halo Top

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I have mixed feelings about Halo Top. If you find a flavor you like, great! I find that some of their flavors taste really watery, especially any vanilla-y flavor. For me I liked their caramel macchiato flavor, but to be fair I haven’t tried very many of them. I like that you can eat the whole pint for under 500 calories, but this is not a treat I will have very often. They don’t have great ingredients in their ice cream (lots of added sugars of course). However on occasion when nice cream doesn’t cut it, this is a good one to eat and still remain in a caloric deficit!

Avocado Ice Cream

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This has become a recent favorite of mine! While this is a calorically dense food, this ice cream has the creaminess that the other alternatives lack. I will say, I have a history of binge eating. But, a little bit of this ice cream can go a long way! (Not to say I haven’t eaten the whole pint in one sitting) I’ve had all three of their flavors. If you know me, the chocolate one was my favorite, but the mint was a close second. The lemon never stood a chance. This ice cream is hard to find. I have been able to find it at Fresh Market, but you may also be able to order it online somehow.

There you have it, my favorite ice cream alternatives! Who says that you can’t eat ice cream and still be healthy? Seriously though, sometimes I will make nice cream for breakfast. It really satisfies my sweet tooth without getting me off track for the day. My friends and family can vouch that I got through a lot of bananas. These are not the only ice cream alternatives I will eat but they are the most healthy. I say if you’re really craving some junky food and you know none of these alternatives will satisfy that craving, I say go ahead and have it! Life is all about moderation so having the occasional “bad” treat won’t ruin you. It’s your habits that make up your health. But, these are some options for you when you just want something sweet and ice cream-like and don’t want to feel deprived.

 

Healthy Pasta Swaps

When I started my weight loss journey, I didn’t go cold turkey on the junk foods I loved. I felt that wasn’t a sustainable way to eat. I wanted to gradually shift to healthier alternatives. As a newbie to healthy eating, I had very little idea on how to eat healthy while also keeping it interesting and enjoying what I was eating. Hence why I wanted to create this healthy swaps series! In this post, I wanted to dive into pasta alternatives since pastas had been such a large part of my diet.

Zoodles

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These helped me out a lot in the beginning when I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. I bought a spiralizer from Target for around $10. I spiralized zucchini and occasionally carrots. My go-to was to mix this with pesto and mushrooms. This was a great way for me to get more veggies in. It also helped me get used to the taste of vegetables. Although zucchini has a very mild flavor if any flavor at all, the fun texture allowed me to eat more veggies. I will say though that if you are really craving pasta, sometimes this doesn’t satisfy that craving.

Brown Rice Pasta

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When buying brown rice pasta I try to find ones where the only ingredient is brown rice and sometimes water. Trader Joe’s has good fusilli pasta and Aldi has good penne. This is a great alternative because it is made out of a whole food instead of wheat and other unnecessary ingredients. There is little to no taste difference between brown rice pasta and regular pasta so this is a good option for non adventurous eaters. They also have edamame pasta and black bean pastas out there, but I find the brown rice ones to taste the closest to actual pasta. However, these pastas are calorically dense like regular pasta. If you are aiming for weight loss, portion control is key here.

Kelp Noodles

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This is the holy grail of noodle substitutes. I’m not kidding when I say this will change your life. The whole 1 lb bag is under 20 calories (you heard me right) and they have the same texture of noodles! The ingredients are also great; it’s literally just kelp. You just have to know how to make them. You must mix baking soda and lemon on the noodles until they become soft and then rinse once they are the texture of your liking. So what’s the catch? For one, they can be kind of pricey. These bags never last me long partly because I love noodles and am obsessed and don’t feel bad for eating the whole thing when they are so low calorie. The next issue is where the heck to find them. I’ve only found them so far at whole foods in the produce section in the fridge kind of near the vegan cheeses. However, you can order them on Amazon! You just have to be patient enough to wait at least two days if you have Prime or plan ahead.

I have tried many, many pasta alternatives so there are many more I could talk about here. Many of the ones I tried either weren’t good or didn’t have the best ingredients. However, these are my favorite and the ones I find myself continually buying. Next week, I will be talking about my favorite ice cream swaps! Leave me a comment or DM me on instagram if there is something else you would like me to do a healthy swaps for!