There’s nothing better on a hot day than a cold ice cream treat, but how do you cool off when you’re trying to squeeze into a swimsuit? Luckily for you I’ve made a handy list of all the best places to get low calorie ice cream this summer. This list was made with Upstate New York in mind, but luckily most of these stores are franchises which can be found across the country!
Abbott’s Frozen Custard
You can’t talk about frozen treats in Rochester without mentioning Abbott’s Frozen Custard. This creamy and delicious ice cream alternative has been a Rochester favorite for years, and most locals not only prefer it over “regular” ice cream, they flat out refuse to eat anything but frozen custard! This delicious treat usually weighs in at almost 400 calories per serving, but luckily Abbott’s now has two light version of their famous frozen custard. Abbott’s Low fat frozen Yogurt is only 130 calories per serving with 23 grams of sugar. Abbott’s Nonfat Non-sugar Frozen Custard weighs in at an even more impressive 90 calories and 8 grams of sugar per serving. There are several Abbott’s locations in the finger lakes area. For locations and hours visit www.abbottscustard.com
Ben and Jerry’s
If you prefer traditional ice cream over frozen custard, have no fear! You can find tons of traditional flavor at your local Ben and Jerry’s. Although Ben and Jerry’s is known for their high calorie, sugar packed flavors like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, they also have an impressive selection of low calorie flavors as well. You can get their famous Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie or Black Raspberry Swirl in a Frozen Yogurt version (all of which are under 200 calories). Ben and Jerry’s also has an impressive assortment of Sorbets and No Sugar Added flavors. Ben and Jerry’s is located on the RIT campus in the Student Alumni Union. More locations can be found at www.benjerry.com
Cold Stone is best known for it’s super indulgent, super creamy ice cream creations, but what most people don’t know is that Coldstone offers a variety of low calorie options as well. These include their “Sinless Sans Fat” Ice cream selections (Under 200 calories per serving), their Sorbet’s (Under 150 calories per serving) and their Frozen Yogurts (under 150 calories per serving). All of their Fruit toppings are under 100 calories as well, and many of them weigh in under 50 calories, so as long as you pick non fat ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt and stick to fruit toppings, you can have a delicious low calorie treat from Cold Stone Creamery. Cold Stone is located on Monroe avenue. For more locations visit www.coldstone.com.
For the extremely health conscious, try Yogunfruz. Yogunfruz has a selection of low fat, non fat, and non sugar frozen yogurts and an even more impressive selection of toppings. You can choose from a variety of berries, fruits, nuts and other toppings and have them blended in with your yogurt to make a fabulous frozen treat. These treats range from 90 to 150 calories, depending on yogurt and toppings. Yogenfruz can be found at Eastview mall in Pittsford.
No matter where you go this summer, if you’re craving ice cream you should be able to find a low calorie tasty frozen treat as long as you look for non fat and non sugar options, and make sure you stick to fruit toppings.