Ditching dairy has liberated many people from certain body responses and weight troubles, but there are few foods that celebrate the sunshine quite like a cool, sweet treat. But you don’t have to subject yourself to congestion and tummy aches or sabotage your six-packs goals just to enjoy an ice cream cone. We curated and compiled some delicious and healthy non-dairy, frozen treats that fit seamlessly into any meal or dietary plan; from ice cream sandwiches to frozen fruit kabobs to sorbet, the health foodie god and goddesses have you covered!
1. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BANANA ICE CREAM
Nutrition: 213 calories, 5.5 g fat (<1 g saturated), 24 mg sodium, 42.1 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 21.6 g sugars, 4 g protein
The secret in this mouth-watering recipe is almond butter. Aside from making the ice cream more delicious and satiating, almonds are one of the best nuts for weight loss, thanks to the amino acid L-arginine, which according to Mayo Clinic researchers, reduces belly fat—and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Just make sure to opt for an all-natural or organic brand that doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils or added sugars.
2. TWO INGREDIENT RASPBERRY ICE CREAM
Nutrition: 185 calories, 1.4 g fat (0 mg sodium), 3 mg sodium, 45.3 g carbs, 13.1 g fiber, 21.2 g sugar, 3.1 g protein
Who knew you could combine frozen bananas and raspberries to create such a seemingly sinful treat? You already know the flat belly effects of our yellow friend, but raspberries also bring waist-whittling effects to the table. Packing more fiber and liquid than most other fruits, they boost feelings of satiety without doing any damage to your waistline. Make this recipe ahead of time for when those late night sugar cravings hit and add these 30 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods to your grocery list!
3. CANTALOUPE POPSICLES
Nutrition: 115 calories, 6.2 g fat (3.9 g saturated), 12 mg sodium, 15.4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 14.7 g sugar, 1 g protein
Aside from being low in calories, juicy and extremely hydrating, cantaloupe boasts potassium to aid in post-sweat recovery. And what better way to reward yourself from a hot sweaty run than to bite into one of these popsicles?
4. CARROT CAKE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Nutrition: 260 calories, 9.9 g fat (8.2 g saturated), 197 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 11.3 g sugar, 4.1 g protein
You had us at ice cream sandwiches and carrot cake. But this recipe is stacked with slimming foods including almond milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, and walnuts. In fact, walnuts are one of the best dietary sources of polyunsaturated fats, which activate genes that reduce fat storage and improve insulin metabolism. Plus, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free? This is a health foodie jackpot. And to blast even more fat—and shrink your belly in just 7 days—click here for The Best Tea to Melt Fat—Fast. Test panelists lost 10 pounds in one week!
5. WATERMELON PINEAPPLE ICE POPS
Nutrition: 42.5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 25.2 mg sodium, 10.6 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8.4 g sugar, 1 g protein (calculated with coconut water)
With summer right around the corner and temperatures rising, cool off and stay hydrated with one of these fruity ice pops. P.S. Watermelon has been shown to reduce bloat, decrease the accumulation of body fat, and according to a Spanish study, reduce muscle fatigue!
6. GRAPEFRUIT SORBET
Nutrition: 115 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 30.2 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 28.8 g sugars, 1 g protein
Grapefruit is one of the most potent weight loss superfoods. In fact, a study printed in the journal Metabolism found the eating half a grapefruit before meals may help reduce belly fat, lower cholesterol levels and shrink your waist by up to an inch in just six weeks (thanks to vitamin C)! But that’s not even the half of it — C (and this recipe provides 80 percent of your daily quota) also helps build up and repair skin collagen, keeps you hydrated and can even boost your metabolism!
7. FRUIT JUICE SNOW CONES
Nutrition: 87 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 20.8 g sugar, 0 g protein
Skip the artificial chemicals and whip up this dye-free version for the munchkins instead. It’s made with real sugar and just 87 calories.
8. SMORES ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Nutrition: 221 calories, 10 g fat (7.6 g saturated), 101 mg sodium, 31.4 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 19.1 g sugar, 2.3 g protein
Not only is this recipe dairy-free, but it’s also void of gluten. Coconut milk is used to create a rich creamy filling that won’t leave you with an expanding waistline. Here’s why: It’s loaded with medium-chain triglycerides, a type of easily-digested healthy fat that helps fry unwanted flab.
9. LAYERED BANANA SPLIT PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Nutrition: 229 calories, 4.3 g saturated (0 g saturated), 15 mg sodium, 40.2 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 22.6 g sugar, 14.4 g protein
It’s hard to resist a banana split, let alone one that fits into your body goals and fitness plan. To boost its waist-whittling effects, use underripe bananas (a flavor that can be masked inside a smoothie). They’re rich in resistant starch, which as the name implies, resists digestion, passing through the small intestine without being digested. This boosts immunity, improves blood sugar, and feeds healthy gut bacteria, leading to prolonged feelings of fullness and more efficient fat oxidation.
10. VANILLA PEACH POPS
Nutrition: 39 calories, 1.8 g fat (1 g saturated), 35 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 5 g sugar, <1 g protein
While other forms of milk need to be fortified with vitamins, almond milk—like the non-dairy milk in this recipe— is naturally chock full of nutrients. Aside from being on the of the best healthy fats, almonds boast vitamin E, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber, phosphorous and calcium. These pops are just 39 calories and have only 5 grams of sugar!
11. MATCHA MILKSHAKES
Nutrition: 93 calories, 4.8 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 74 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 7.6 g sugar, 1.5 g protein
Matcha is a form of green tea that uses the entire leaf in powdered form and has been shown to speed up weight loss. In fact, one study found that men consumed 136 mg of EGCG—what you’ll find in a single 4-gram serving of matcha—lost twice as much weight and four times as much belly fat over 3 months than a placebo group. This is one milkshake you don’t want to pass up!
12. COPYCAT TRADER JOE’S GONE BANANAS
Nutrition: 169 calories, 10.8 g fat (8.3 g saturated), 17 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 13.2 g sugar, 1.8 g protein
“The magic is in the coconut oil, which, when melted with the chocolate, makes a coating that hardens instantly on contact with the cold banana.” But that’s not all it does. Coconut oil is rich in the medium-chain saturated fat lauric acid, which converts into energy more easily than other types of fat, aiding in rapid weight loss.
13. CHOCOLATE DRIZZLED FROZEN FRUIT SKEWERS
Nutrition: 93 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated), 9 mg sodium, 16.4 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 11.8 g sugar, 1.3 g protein
Fruit skewers just get a whole lot more appealing when you drizzle chocolate over them. And did we mention they can have waist-whittling effects? Just make sure you pick the right kind, not all chocolate is created equal. First and foremost, opt for dark, which is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. Then avoid anything that’s labeled “made with chocolate,” “chocolate-y,” or “chocolate-coated,” which likely is void of cocoa butter, the ingredient responsible for dark chocolate’s slimming rep.
14. PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Nutrition: 264 calories, 15 g fat (4.2 g saturated), 124 mg sodium, 27.6 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 7.8 g protein
PB and banana is a divine combo, but once you throw ice cream sandwich into the mix, it’s a foodgasm waiting to happen. From increased satiety, energy and fat burn to decreased risk for disease, peanut butter hosts a plethora of health benefits. And bananas are sky high in potassium and glucose, aiding in post-workout recovery. Whether you’re looking to slim down, boost your nutrient intake or refuel after a demanding workout, these sandwiches just might be the thing.
15. PROTEIN POPS
Nutrition: 130 calories, 10 g fat (8.6 g saturated), 15 mg sodium, 7.3 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 3.9 g sugar, 5 g protein
Looking for some workout motivation? These protein pops are low in calories and contain a plethora of workout ingredients including Beta-Alanine which delays muscle fatigue, L-Carnitine, which increases fat breakdown for fuel and vitamin C, which accelerates muscle recovery.
16. AVOCADO ICE POPS
Nutrition: 118 calories, 9.8 g fat (2.1 g saturated), 25 mg sodium, 6.3 g carbs, 2.2 g sugar, 2.3 g protein
Avocado are the creme de la creme of
weight loss foods and for good reason: No other fruit is credited with spot-reducing belly fat, warding off hunger, boosting nutrient absorption, lowering cholesterol and fighting free-radicals. Plus, they’re super versatile and fit flawlessly into any recipe, like these chilling ice pops.
17. ICE CREAM BAR WITH RASPBERRY AND COCONUT
Nutrition: 251 calories, 17 g fat (14.8 g saturated), 9 mg sodium, 26.6 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 22.4 g sugar, 1.3 g protein
If you’re looking to be naughty, but not completely diet-sabotaging naughty, these ice cream bars got you covered. And don’t fret the fat content—it comes from waist shrinking coconut oil, which also kills bacteria, helps build and maintain lean muscle, promotes organ function and increases satiety.
18. COCONUT SALTED CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE POPSICLES
Nutrition: 234 calories, 16.3 g fat (13.6 g saturated), 131 mg sodium, 22.1 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 20.5 g sugar, 1.6 g protein
Combine the flab blasting benefits of coconut milk and coconut oil with those of dark chocolate and almonds, and you’ve got yourself one skinny dessert.
19. VEGAN STRAWBERRIES & CREAM POPSICLES
Nutrition: 148 calories, 12.2 g fat ( 7.9 g saturated), 99 mg sodium, 7.9 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6.5 g sugar, 2.4 g protein
Usually, we would warn to avoid any dessert that states “and cream,” but these vegan popsicles are an exception. They’re rich in antioxidants, fat-burning lauric acid, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and immunity-boosting vitamin C.
20. CINNAMON COCONUT ICE CREAM
Nutrition: 139 calories, 9.8 g fat (8.2 g saturated), 43 mg sodium, 13.3 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 10.7 g sugar, 1.1 g protein
Cinnamon is no small player when it comes to losing inches and belly fat. A series of studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a heaping teaspoon cinnamon to a starchy meal may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes. When our blood sugar spikes and dips, we reach for the first sugary thing we can get our hands on and it can be one of the 20 Reasons Why You’re Always Hungry. Simple sugars are typically found in nutrient-void foods. Cinnamon moderates those fluctuations, keeping you away from the vending machine and the cookie aisle.