Frozen and fabulous
Few things are more refreshing on a 90-degree day than a melting, double-scoop ice cream cone. But after a few 300-calorie-plus servings (i.e., one-half cup of Ben and Jerry's Brownie Batter), you might see the difference on the scale. These DIY ice cream recipes are invigorating, light, and chock-full of bone-healthy calcium.
Lemon-Buttermilk Ice Cream
Five simple ingredients never tasted so good! Combining fresh lemon juice with sugar adds just enough citrus flavor without making the dessert too tart. The recipe uses fat-free buttermilk mixed with whole milk to get a creamy texture, without all the added fat. Though this frozen treat is kid-friendly, the hardest part is waiting the hour for it to freeze.
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream
This recipe combines two summer specialties: ice cream and fresh fruit. Using calorie-free sweetener and fat-free milk cuts calories, without cutting any of the sweet taste. Plus, the almond extract adds a nutty flavor that goes perfectly with the tangy peaches. It's great served alone, or with an almond biscotti.
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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
This ice cream has all the flavors of classic Key lime pieeven the crust. The recipe calls for bottled Key lime juice for convenience, but you can also squeeze the juice from fresh Key limes if your supermarket carries them. Though it's more than 300 calories per serving, it cuts 150 calories off a small slice of Key lime pie and packs over 25% of your daily calcium.
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Banana Ice Cream
This homemade ice cream is easier than you ever imagined. More important, it's low in sugar and calories, and high in omega-3s, fiber, and Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.
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Warm Oranges in Sake Cream with Sesame Brittle
This gourmet dessert will impress your friends both in taste and appearance. Sake lends sweetness to the cream, plus a subtle nutty top note that complements the brittle. The oranges bring vitamin C and the sesame seeds are a good source of iron and zinc. Though the ice cream is fat-free, the rich sake cream creates a completely sinful flavor.
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