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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Desserts: Skinny Chick Style

In my last post – Do you have what it takes to lose weight – I suggested finding replacements for your favorite foods. Summer is the season of the ice cream treat. Here are some ideas to indulge in the desserts you crave while minimizing weight loss damage.

Replace a medium Chocolate McCafé® Shake (720 cals; 20 grams of fat) or a Dairy Queen medium chocolate shake (710 cals; 26 grams of fat) with a small Wendy’s frosty (250 cals; 6 grams of fat).
SAVES: 470 calories and 14-20 grams of fat

If you’re craving more of a blizzard-type concoction, bypass Sonic Blasts which run from 730 to 1030 calories and Dairy Queen Blizzards which run from 440 to 750 calories (lower calorie flavors are fruit based). A compromise might be McDonald’s 12oz. McFlurry® with OREO® Cookies at 580 and 19 grams of fat. However, the best option is Wendy’s Oreo® Frosty™ Parfait at 400 cals and 10 grams of fat.
SAVES: 350-630 calories and 19+ grams of fat

Instead of a Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait (720 cals; 31 grams of fat) or a Sonic Hot Fudge Sundae (440 cals; 18 grams of fat) choose a McDonalds Hot Fudge Sundae with peanuts (375 cals; 13.5 grams of fat).
SAVES: 115-345 cals and 4.5 - 17.5 grams of fat

Pass on Dairy Queen plain waffle cone with soft serve (420 cals; 13 grams of fat). Instead, choose a Sonic cone (250 cals; 13 grams of fat) or better yet, a McDonalds Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone (150 cals; 3.5 grams of fat).
SAVES: 100-270 cals and 9.5 grams of fat

If plain cones just don’t do it for ya, remember that size does matter. If nothing except a Cold Stone Creamery waffle cone will do – get any flavor you want. Just get it in the “Like It” size. Each flavor in "Like It" runs from 320-360 except for the OREO® Crème, which is 440. A waffle cone adds 160 calories to these totals. But going” Like it” instead of “Love it” or “Gotta have it”:
SAVES: 200-490 calories and about 20 grams of fat

Craving add-ins? Choose fruits instead of chocolate. Blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, and Maraschino cherries add 15 or less calories to your cone. Other good choices include the rest of the fruits and the pie fillings (apple, cherry, peach). Each of these is between 15 and 80 additional calories.
SAVES: More than 100 calories

If you must go beyond fruit, stay away from the candy bar mixes. Except for Heath and Kit Kat, which are both 110 cals., the other candy bar add ins are steep – anywhere from 120 to 190, with most at the middle. The best of the worst? Chocolate shavings (90 cals, 5 grams of fat); Gumballs (90 cals, 0 grams fat); Nilla wafers (70cals and 2.5 grams fat;) and the best bang for your buck – in my opinion – the yellow cake (80 cals and 2.5 grams fat).
SAVES: 20-100 calories


  1. Hagen daaz Frozia soft serve--no sugar, no fat, about 100 cal per 1/2 cup
    Limited to chocolate and vanilla--but if you pass on the cone, doing an add on winds up being less than most of the things you listed. TLC brand is also a low calorie choice, with tiers --group 1 is lowest at 80-100cal per 1/2 cup, the stores will often mix any flavor on the menu if it's not the featured flavor of the day--both have given Mike and I summer sweet treats, while remaining well within our strict calorie/carb boundaries. Hope you find these tasty too!

  2. Sounds yummy! And thanks for posting some no/low sugar options!