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The Calories in One Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

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author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
The Calories in One Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
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You might think that vanilla ice cream, in all its simplicity, is a low-calorie dessert. But that is far from the truth. Regular vanilla ice cream is high in calories, even if you just have a single scoop. Selecting a lighter version instead will make your splurge a bit less guilt-inducing.

Calorie Count

Enjoying a 1/4-cup scoop of regular vanilla ice cream that weighs 55 grams provides nearly 135 calories. Opting for the light variety nearly cuts your calories in half. You’ll get less than 70 calories from a 1/4-cup scoop of light vanilla ice cream that weighs around 40 grams. Clearly if you’re really watching your calories, you’ll want to opt for the fat-free vanilla ice cream. A 1/4-cup scoop weighing nearly 35 grams gives you about 45 calories.

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