While ice cream may be a year-round favorite, the dog days of summer practically scream for ice cream. Here are a few tweaks you can make to your Sundae Bar to keep the nutrition high without sacrificing any flavor.
Consider frozen yogurt, or at least a shorter ingredient list. A lower-fat frozen yogurt can save 50 calories per serving, and there are loads of flavor possibilities out there. Whatever you choose, take a look at the ingredient list – you want it to be fairly short and understandable.
Chocolate syrup instead of hot fudge saves calories as well, better still, make your own:
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a saucepan, whisk together the cocoa and sugar. Add the water and salt, whisking over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Store in refrigerator. Makes approximately 2 cups (16 servings)
Serving size: 2 Tbsp. 60 calories, 1.8 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar
Forget the strawberry or pineapple toppings and serve diced, mashed or pureed fruit with a drizzle of honey. This can save 70 calories per serving.
As always find creative ways to incorporate fruit into your sundae bar – a grilled peach half makes a tasty base for your Sunday – fanned out strawberries or berries on skewers make attractive additions that entice your guest to enjoy nature’s dessert.
And consider the scoops and spoons you use as serving sizes – a smaller scoop means a more moderate portion. And when it comes down to it – that is what dessert is all about, balance and moderation for fun, once-in-a-while foods.