What are the benefits of enjoying a low calorie ice cream?

Who doesn't enjoy a delicious sweet dessert at the end of the day? Ice cream is satisfying for its delicious flavor options and is easy to enjoy by yourself or with a crowd. You could eat ice cream all year long! Have ice cream in a bowl, in a cone, or as an ice cream bar.

As much as we love traditional ice cream, it is not the most health-conscious dessert because it is high in calories, fat, and sugar. If you are watching your calorie or sugar intake, it may be difficult to find a dessert that fits into your healthy lifestyle.

There are many healthy ice cream options that are lower in calories and sugar without sacrificing taste. These options often have less saturated fat, which can lead to fewer health issues. Enjoying a lower calorie ice cream can help you lose weight if you're cutting back on heavier foods, and can eliminate the need to perfectly measure your calories per serving.

Try a vegan ice cream as a healthier alternative to dairy-based desserts

Most ice cream is made from heavy cream, egg yolk, and cow's milk and requires churning with an ice cream maker machine. However, there has been a recent rise in popularity for plant-based dairy substitutes. This is due to the increased awareness of the need for sustainable foods that are often healthier than products from animals.

Limiting dairy intake may support healthier cholesterol levels. Some vegan ice cream may have more saturated fat than dairy ones, making it important to always read the nutritional information label on your products. When looking for a vegan ice cream, try to find one that is low in sugar, calorie count, and saturated fat.

More brands are releasing vegan ice cream options, but it is also a dessert you can have fun making at home with very limited ingredients needed. Another advantage to making vegan ice cream at home is knowing exactly what you are putting into it and do not need to worry about any hidden ingredients.

No-churn ice cream to make at home

One of Red Rose's favorite vegan ice cream recipes is our version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. We have a fun and tasteful treat that requires only a few ingredients and a blender to make. 

No-churn ice cream is a simple method to making homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker and does not use eggs. Without the egg yolk, the ice cream is similar in flavor but is a bit icier and equally as delicious!

Red Rose's vegan and gluten-free recipe uses our zero sugar, zero calorie, zero guilt Red Rose Chocolate Mint Patty Tea rather than needing to add mint extract. Our Sweet Temptations tea favorite is a cool refreshing mint flavored treat with notes of rich creamy chocolate. It's also an herbal tea.

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Mint chocolate chip ice cream ingredients

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup oat milk or coconut milk
  • ¼-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½-1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • Red Rose Chocolate Mint Patty Tea tea bags
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of hot water

*you can add a little cornstarch if you'd like to thicken the ice cream

Dairy free ice cream recipe

  1. Freeze 4 unpeeled bananas at least 4 hours in advance, or the night before.
  2. Brew the Red Rose Chocolate Mint Patty Tea and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the frozen bananas, dairy free milk, vanilla extract, and tea into the blend. Blend until it’s a smooth consistency.
  4. Pour into a pan loaf or square container. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Seal and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

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August 18, 2022 — Jade Alderson