Ahhh it’s summer. I found myself meandering down the ice cream aisle of the grocery store and figured, hmmmm, now’s as good a time as any to write about our love affair with ice cream, MmmMmMmmm. Just last week, I was taking transit downtown and sat across from a grown lad holding one of those gi-normous cups with a lid with a straw that stood straight, a blizzard of sorts. Awareness is bliss about the nutritional value of those seasonal treats that can’t be beat!
Here’s a loose listing of the some of the large choices from DQ with numbers knocked out of the stratosphere. Yes folks, take a moment from your busy routine to scan what these goblets of goo contain. None of these are top grade choices from moi, even when I proclaim “all foods fit” – after consuming any of these you will edge out the calories for much real food in your day. Don’t kid yourself and let these numbers wash over you before you get in the car to go yonder for an icy treat. Let hell freeze over first!
Don’t let the “Health” Blizzard fool you my fine friend. There is no health halo on this master blaster with over 1,000 calories in a serving, 50 g fat and 28 tsp sugar. As the late John Pinette would say “nay nay I say”!! Keep in mind that a 3 oz steak has 174 calories and 9 g fat. And if you think you’ll be virtuous and watch everyone nosh and order a latte, check out those numbers below, these are not even a little bit good. Take a gander:
Blizzard Treats – Turtle Pecan Cluster – large 1330 calories, 67 g fat, 120 g sugar (24 tsp)
Shake it UP – Malt Peanut Butter – large 1350 calories, 72 g fat, 107 g sugar (21.5 tsp)
Arctic Rush Freeze – all flavours large is 600 calories, 15 g fat, 93 gm sugar (18.5 tsp)
Lemonade Chiller – strawberry, large 720 calories, 0 g fat, 179 gm sugar (36 tsp)
Mocha MooLatte – large, 830 calories, 30 g fat, 114 g sugar (23 tsp)
DON’T BE FOOLED, NOTHING HEALTY IN THIS CUP!
Health Blizzard – large, 1150 calories, 50 g fat, 140 g sugar (28 tsp)
My Mother often had a saying about “getting a taste out of her mouth” at a certain time of the month. So if you must choose a treat try ordering the kiddie cone and live large getting it dipped it in chocolate. I have fond memories trying to eat this treat when I was young slow enough not to get “brain freeze” but fast enough so the chocolate wouldn’t melt all over my hand, down my chin and onto my t-shirt…
TRY THE OCCASIONAL:
Chocolate dipped cone – Kids’ – 220 calories, 9 g fat, 20 g sugar (4 tsp)
SHARE THE OCCASIONAL:
Banana Split – 530 calories, 13 gm fat, 75 g sugar (13 tsp)
During the summer I occasionally buy some individually wrapped ice cream treats. I love an ice cream sandwich now and then or a mint chocolate chip bar to get that taste out of MY mouth. It doesn’t get me tempted to run after the ice cream truck in my neighbourhood or hop in the car and drive to a DQ now that these numbers are indelible on my mind. I don’t give it another thought. Neither should you! When on my western homebase in Kelowna, BC I’ll visit Moo-Licks for a scoop or two during my stay.
Orange Creamsicle – 100 calories/bar
Ice Cream Sandwich – 150 calories/sandwich
Good Humour Snack pops (100 calories/pop)
Klondike cones – 270 calories, 12 g fat, 24 g sugar (5 tsp)
When I say all foods fit I mean a snack sized morsel, once in a while, such as 1-2 small treats each week – sit, savour and enjoy then forget about it. There are many summertime joys. Remember, there’s more to life than stuffing your face!