Making your summer treat a little healthier

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — July brings the heat which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in style, but how can you dig in and stay healthy at the same time?

Mim Gaines, a dietitian and instructor at Samford University, says it’s easier than you think. If you’re buying ice cream from a store, look for low-fat or low sugar products.

You can control the ingredients for homemade ice cream, giving you more options for a healthier treat. For example, grab a sugar substitute instead of sugar or switch half and half with whole milk.

To make your own ice cream at home, you’ll need: ice cubes, 1/2 cup Kosher salt, 1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons Stevia or other sugar substitute, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 pint size ziplock bag, 1 gallon size ziplock bag or lunch box, and any of your favorite ice cream mixings.

Combine the milk, sugar substitute, cocoa, and vanilla extract in the pint size bag. Seal the bag tightly so none of the liquid leaks out. Fill the large bag or lunch box with ice and salt, leaving enough space for the sealed bag. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 minutes until the ice cream mixture begins to harden.

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