I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream…but nothing screams ice cream louder than the ice cream truck jingle.
There’s no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with one of these frozen treats. From popsicles and snow cones to Italian ices and bars, the ice cream truck always hits the spot. Now, with the food truck trend in full force, we have even more options for frozen treats on the move.
Next time you’re ordering off the iconic menu, swap your usual for one these healthier options:
If you love popsicles…
In general, popsicles are a low-calorie, refreshing option. With choices like Spongebob, Spiderman, and Hello Kitty, they’re a lot of fun, too! These themed treats ring in between 70 to 100 calories per pop.
Skip the character-inspired pops and opt for the traditional Red, White and Blue Firecracker. At just 35 calories, this patriotic popsicle is the perfect snack.
However, even the healthiest of these options are filled with artificial flavors, dyes, and refined sugars, so try not to over do it. If you can find an all-fruit popsicle or paleta stand, then that is your best option!
If you’re all about the sandwiches…
Ice cream sandwiches are delicious—no doubt about it! But when you sandwich ice cream between chocolate chip cookies, add toppings, and dunk the whole thing in chocolate, calories can build up quickly with these bad boys.
If an ice cream sandwich is the only thing that will cool you off, it’s best to keep it simple. Rather than reaching for the Chipwich or Chaco Taco, a classic ice cream sandwich will satisfy your craving while keeping the calories at bay.
The ice cream sandwich is something that artisan food trucks tend to do really well. Forgo the prepackaged version for a homemade, whole foods option!
If you just need an Italian Ice…
Italian Ices may seem harmless, with their light, fruity, and chill flavors. But these revitalizing snacks are more than 200 calories each.
Next time you’re in line at the ice cream truck and hankering for an Italian Ice, give the Snow Cone a whirl. At just 30 calories, it’s an excellent alternative.
We also love taking our favorite fresh-squeezed juices and pouring them over crushed ice for a DIY version.
If ice cream bars are your thing…
Coming in at around 150 calories each, these aren’t the worst treats you could choose. If you’re looking to save some room for later, opt for the Fudge Bar instead—just 80 calories of pure chocolate deliciousness.
We also love making our own ice cream treats! Try one of our homemade popsicles that are full of great vitamins like Blueberry Pineapple or Superfood Cheesecake (for a grown up version, don’t miss our Sangria Popsicles). For traditional ice cream, we love making these vegan ice takes on our favorite flavors: Double Chocolate Caramel, Raw Chocolate, and Strawberry Coconut Chip!