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Which ice cream shop rules on Cape Cod? Choose your favorite shop from the list below or write in your own hidden gem. Email your vote to pulse@capecodhealth.org with the subject line ICE CREAM. Winning spots will be named in the first August edition of the Pulse.

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Published on July 18, 2021

Ice cream is good for youPlay the Game of Cones

Learn how ice cream can be good for you. Vote for your favorite ice cream shop and find recipes for frozen treats you can make at home.

Last week, hospital staff were treated to an ice cream truck outdoors and frozen treats inside the cafes as a cool nod to summer. While we know excess fat and sugar can have negative long-term effects on health, is there a place for frozen treats in an otherwise healthy diet?

Korinne Altieri, RD, of Falmouth Hospital weighs in on summer's small indulgences.

Q: We often hear about what’s not great, nutritionally, about ice cream – fat and sugar – but are there benefits? Any nutritional or psychological benefits from your points of view?

A: Ice cream is a good source of energy. I also like to say -- and I believe -- there are no “bad” foods. Ice cream is rich in carbohydrates, fats and protein, which are all essential for our body to produce energy.

From a psychological standpoint – indulging in a treat like ice cream can help curb certain cravings you may be having. If you completely avoid certain foods, you will end up wanting them more, which may lead to binge eating. Allowing yourself a treat, like ice cream, is completely fine in moderation.

Q: How much ice cream is too much ice cream – is it acceptable to indulge once a week/month?

A: I always say, “everything in moderation.” I think eating ice cream once a week is perfectly fine.

Q: What other frozen treats are better, nutritionally speaking, in the summer time?

“Better” or other frozen treats include:

  • Frozen yogurt (can be found with less fat and higher protein)
  • Frozen fruit popsicles (made from just fruit juice, no added sugar)
  • Smoothies (fruit, greens, protein source)
  • Acai bowls
  • Homemade ice pops

Q: Do you have a recipe or trick for a hot-weather treat?

A: I make smoothies frequently in the summertime – especially if I am spending the day at the beach, I love to pack a smoothie, which usually include spinach and/or kale, any frozen berries, frozen banana, Greek yogurt, and chia /flax seeds. You can add whatever you please to these smoothies, but I always make sure I include a protein (Greek yogurt or Pb), Fiber (spinach/kale, berries), carb (banana, berries), good fats (seeds and nut butter).

Recipes

The American Heart Association has a library of recipes to enjoy year-round. Below are a few fun summer takes.

Bluey Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups frozen peach slices
  • 2 cups packed, fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Strawberry-Lemonade Italian Ice

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 5 cups ice

Frozen Yogurt Bark

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups 2 percent low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/4 cup blackberries or raspberries, chopped if large
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Game of Cones

Vote for your favorite ice cream shop -- or name your own hidden gem! Email your vote to pulse@capecodhealth.org with the subject line ICE CREAM.

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