Our Health Nut and Registered Dietitian, Molly Morgan, offers tips for putting together delicious ice cream sundaes with healthy toppings (and some treats!)
Healthy eating is all about balance! In 1984, July was designated National Ice Cream Month. Celebrate with a fun ice cream sundae bar loaded with delicious – and nutritious – fixings! If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out our sweet ice cream toppings.
- Blueberry Pie: Top ice cream with dried blueberries and Vanilla Light and Crunchy Granola
- Apple Pie: Top ice cream with chopped Infused Dried Apple Wedges
- Tropical Sundae: Top ice cream with shredded coconut, diced dried pineapple, diced dried mango and diced dried papaya
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Sundae: Top ice cream with sour tart cherries and dark chocolate covered cashews
- Cilantro Lime Crunch: Top ice cream with cilantro lime pistachios and pepitas
- S’mores Sundae: Top ice cream with S’mores candy, white marshmallow bits and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs
- Grasshopper Pie: Top ice cream with mint chips and chopped Andes Mints and finish with chopped grasshopper chocolate mint cookies
- Peanut Butter Blast: Top ice cream with chopped Resses’s Pieces, chopped peanuts and mini peanut butter cups
- Raspberry Chocolate Sundae: Top ice cream with raspberry chocolate chips, mini dark chocolate raspberry cups and dried red raspberries
- Spicy Mango Sorbet: Top mango sorbet with chopped chili mango
- Lemon Blast: Top lemon sorbet with crushed lemon snap cookies, lemon chips and finish with a sprinkle of diced glazed lemon peel
- Raspberry Cookie Crumble: Top raspberry sorbet with macaroon crunch and dark chocolate cover raspberries
- Peach Pie: Top peach sorbet with diced peaches and crushed graham cracker cookie gems
- Group toppings together on your sundae bar and consider placing small cards that suggest topping ideas for your guests.
- Balance your ice cream bar with a variety of healthier options, such as dried fruit and granola, with indulgent options, such as dark chocolate covered cashews and cookie crumbles.
- Lighten-up your ice cream selection by choosing a low-fat variety! Many light varieties have about ½ the fat of ice cream! One serving (1/2 cup) of low fat ice cream has about 100 calories and 3-4 grams of fat per serving.
- Help your guests keep their portions in check by providing small bowls for their sundae creations! Studies show that the larger the bowl, the more you will serve yourself and eat.