Nothing screams ‘summer‘ like battling to eat an ice cream before it drips down your arm.
There’s no denying the best way to stay cool when the heat is on is eating something that’s come straight out of a freezer – but that doesn’t mean it’s always good for you.
Sadly, the best frozen treats – ice cream, icy poles, etc – tend to be heavy on the sugar and additives front.
“The problems with these types of frozen foods is that they are not made from real foods any more, and they often come with a concoction of additives, colours, flavours, refined sugars and oils along with other dubious ingredients,” explains Cyndi O’Meara, dietician and founder of Changing Habits.
"For example if you were to choose a strawberry ice-cream from the supermarket it would most like contain a strawberry flavouring which itself contains 48 ingredients."
Cyndi says there are two ways to ensure your frosty treats are as healthy as possible. The first is to inspect the ingredients list on packaging when shopping. "Even the smallest change in label reading can make a huge difference towards improving your health and wellbeing by decreasing your chemical exposure," she says. "With clever marketing and packaging, everything can look healthy ... If it sounds like it was created in a lab, it probably was."
The other is to make them at home. Now, we know what you're thinking: ain't nobody got time for that. But you'd be surprised how quickly you can whip up a bowl of ice-cold deliciousness - you just need to be prepared.