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Diabetes and Ice Cream – What Are Your Options?

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Foodpicker.org sure was buzzing today! Here is a question I received:

I have a sweet tooth at night. I like to reward myself after a hard day at work with a bowl of ice cream before bed. Is this ok to do since I now have diabetes?

ANSWER: A reward for a hard day at work is something we all enjoy! A bowl of ice cream sounds like a nice reward too :) A bowl before bed isn’t a problem if you keep the following in mind:

1) Be smart about portion size – 1 serving of ice cream is usually half a cup, providing you with a significant amount of calories, fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Now, I know we all probably work hard all day long, but keep your rewards for extra special occasions.

2) Don’t eat too late! Depending on when you go off to bed, 9 PM is usually a good cut-off hour.

3)  To help with ice cream choices, consider these further suggestions:

  • Look for lowfat or light ice cream, they are lower in calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar.
  • Limit ice creams that are high in fat and carbs – typically those  with syrups, cookies, fudge and other toppings.
  • Low fat yogurt is a yummy alternative that comes in many different flavors!
  • A small ice cream cup or ice cream sandwich is another perfect alternative that is small in size – Gotta love those little Hoodsie cups and mini ice cream sandwiches!

4) Remember, ice cream isn’t the only thing that can fix a sweet tooth craving. Try eating some fresh fruit salad, lowfat yogurt or a cup of sugar-free jello or pudding.

Here are some ice cream products that are out there to help your sweet tooth and keep your blood sugar on track too!

Skinny Cow – Sugar free Vanilla Ice Cream SandwichI was actually in Costco the other day and this was a sample I had a chance to try. Really delicious and you can’t even tell that the ice cream is sugar free!

140 calories, 2 g of fat, 5 g of sugar, 30 g carbs

Breyer’s has a few different products. I can remember eating Breyer’s ice cream with my late grandfather, who had Type 1 diabetes when I was little. It’s incredible how many more options they have on the market these days!

Breyer’s Carb Smart

  • Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream – 1/2 cup serving provides 90 calories, 6 g of fat, 13 g of carbs and 4 g of sugar
  • Fudge Bars – 1 bar provides 100 calories, 7 g of fat, 9 g of carbs, 3 g of sugar

Breyer’s Smooth and Dreamy – No Sugar Added

  • Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry Ice Cream – 1/2 cup serving provides 90 calories, 4 g of fat, 15 g of carbs and 4 g of sugar
  • Butter Pecan Ice Cream – 1/2 cup serving provides 110 calories, 6 g of fat, 15 g of carbs and 4 g of sugar
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie – 1/2 cup  provides 90 calories, 1.5 g of fat, 20 g of carbs and 4 g of sugar

Remember diabetes

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