There's no denying that ice cream is the quintessential summertime sweet.
After all, the average American eats 23 pounds of ice cream — from cones and bars to sandwiches and sundaes — every single year, the International Dairy Foods Association reports.
That's a lot — and we don't want those pounds of frozen desserts to turn into actual pounds on our waistlines.
That's why we're serving up our top picks of healthier licks. All of these healthy frozen desserts are lower in calories (200 calories or less per serving) and have 15 grams or less of added sugars.
These frozen desserts also range from keto-friendly to vegan and gluten-free, so you can have your ice cream and eat it, too.
1. Daily Harvest Scoops
The ingredients in Daily Harvest's Scoops are stellar — coconut cream, strawberries, maple syrup, dragonfruit, raspberries, citrus pulp, lemon juice, vanilla bean, sea salt and probiotics. Yeah, that's the magic that makes up the Rippled Berry Compote flavor.
Other flavors include the vanilla-esque Swirled Black Sesame, the mint chocolate chip Melty Cacao Chips and the chocolatey Ooey Gooey Midnight Fudge. The ingredients are dreamy but it's still a decadent treat.
Depending on the flavor, a two-thirds-cup serving has about 300 calories, 15 grams of added sugar and 17 grams of saturated fat (from the coconut cream).
Buy it: Daily Harvest; Price: $8.99 (each)
2. Pro Rich Nutrition
A frozen dessert with 11 grams of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals, probiotics, 3 grams fiber and just 6 grams of added sugar? It sounds too good to be true but Pro Rich Nutrition proves it's the real deal.
These tubes of frozen sweetness come in all sorts of flavors like Mint Madness, Chocolate Chunk and Strawberry Sundae — so there's something to please every palate.
The Rocket Launch flavor, a mix of coffee, caramel and chocolate chips, supercharges you with 71 milligrams of caffeine — about the amount in a shot of espresso — deeming it perfect before the gym or as a midday snack.
Buy it: Pro Rich Nutrition; Price: $11.79 (3-pack)
3. Chloe’s Fruit Pops
Chloe's Fruit Pops are refreshing and taste like real fruit — not some manufactured knock-off — all the while tempering that sweet tooth. And here's why: The ingredients include just fruit, water and cane sugar.
The line-up includes traditional flavors like Strawberry and Raspberry to more unique offerings like Pomegranate and Cold-Pressed Coffee (this one's a fan-favorite).
All of the flavors clock in at 60 calories a pop and have about 12 grams of added sugar. The current added sugar limit is set at 25 grams a day for women and 36 grams per day for men, according to the American Heart Association, so this certainly fits within those guidelines as long as you're balancing your intake throughout the day.
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Chloe's also has chocolate-dipped and oatmilk-based pops.
Buy it: FreshDirect; Price: $4.99 (4-pack)
4. Re:THINK Ice Cream
Re:THINK's tagline is "Indulgence With Benefits" and we think it fits.
A half-cup serving has about 160 calories and 10 grams of fat — but where this brand really stands out from the competition is its sugar content. Re:THINK has around nine grams of sugar per serving but is free of sugar alcohols, unlike other popular low-calorie, low-sugar ice creams. Each serving has around eight grams of whey protein, too.
What we especially love is the indulgent taste and the added benefits. Whether you're enjoying the Strawberry With Chia Seeds, Black Cherry Vanilla, Chocolate Majesty, or Coconut Matcha, each flavor contains collagen protein, which is linked to healthy joints, skin, hair and nails.
Buy it: Re:THINK; Price: $6.99 (1 pint)
5. Yasso Chocolate-Dipped Bars
Yasso's Greek Yogurt line just got better with their new chocolate-dipped bars. Each bar has about 150 calories and 4 grams of protein from the Greek yogurt. The added sugars are also on the lower side for a dessert at 9 grams per bar.
Another bonus: Like most regular Greek yogurts, Yasso's frozen desserts contain probiotics, specifically Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus.
These two strains can help improve digestion of lactose in people with lactose intolerance, according to an August 2018 paper published in Nutrition Bulletin.
Buy it: Instacart; Price: $3.99 (4-pack)
6. Daiya Dessert Bars
Vegans and plant-based eaters rejoice: The vegan dessert aisle is top-notch these days and Daiya helps lead the way.
Daiya Dessert Bars come in delicious classics such as Chocolate Fudge Crunch and Salted Caramel Swirl and provide 200 calories per bar.
What we love most about this dessert is that it doesn't cut corners. It's a decadent dessert, just in a smaller portion, which is the way to go in our book. And again, the added sugars is 15 grams, which fits into the recommended limits as long as you're balancing your intake throughout your day.
Buy it: Instacart; Price: $6.09 (3-pack)
7. Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream
What's great about mochi is that it has built-in portion control. Each mochi has 80 calories and about 7 grams of added sugars so you'll want to limit your portion to one to two.
What we love about Bubbies is that it also has vegan offerings. You can choose between the two vegan flavors currently available, Chocolate and Strawberry — both are decadent and the perfect solution for any sweet craving.
Buy it: Instacart; Price: $5.29 (6-pack)
8. Diana’s Banana Babies
Sure, you could make your own chocolate-dipped bananas at home but why would you when you could just buy Diana's Bananas? Each pop is a half-banana dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.
We recommend the Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate flavors, which contain 130 calories per serving, along with 14 grams of added sugar, 2 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. They're also a naturally good source of vitamin C and potassium thanks to the banana.
Buy it: Instacart; Price: $3.99 (5-pack)