July is National Ice Cream Month
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July is National Ice Cream Month

Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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Vanilla Ice CreamJuly is known to be one of the hottest months of the year. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream month. He announced to the public that ice cream is a fun and nutritious treat that is enjoyed by 90 percent of the nation’s population during the sunny days of summer. Nutritious? Many ice creams aren’t necessarily categorized as nutritious, but some do exist!

An organic lifestyle includes reducing the intake of hormones, pesticides, genetically modified ingredients, and artificial ingredients. Many ice creams are certified organic, meaning greater than 95% organic ingredients go into the products. To make a healthier choice this summer when fulfilling an ice cream craving keep on the lookout for these top all natural ice cream brands! Alden’s, Julie’s, Bliss, Straus Family Creamery, Three Twins, Stonyfield Organic, and Ben & Jerry’s Organic or Froyo are all ice creams that when eaten right, can actually be considered nutritious! All natural ingredients are used; they have low sugars, and limited fat. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market both feature their own all natural ice cream lines which happen to be quite yummy and healthy.

Tasty vegan and dairy-free ice creams are on the rise with lactose intolerance and food allergies becoming more and more common. Although you can find traditional dairy products made with ingredients other than cow’s milk, it can still be frustrating to find a substitute that tastes just as good. Nada Moo,  Tempt, Double Rainbow, SO Delicious, and Arctic Zero all offer fat free non-dairy frozen treats to fulfill a cold and creamy craving. These dairy free alternatives derived from soy, rice, and coconut milks work hard to make their texture and taste as similar to regular ice cream as possible. Not all non-dairy ice creams are automatically healthy. It is important to be aware of dairy-free ice creams that have an overload of sugars to compensate for the lack of cow milk. Finding the perfect non-dairy ice cream isn’t the easiest, but there are many options out there to suit individual tastes and needs.

If you just can’t seem to escape from the easily accessible regular ice creams including Dreyer’s, Häagen-Dazs, Breyer’s, or the store brand variety try using cones and single serve cups as ways to stray from an unnecessary large helping of the delectable treat. Cones and cups are great ways to know how many calories you are consuming and will make it easier to limit portions.

Enjoy ice cream the right way throughout July and the rest of the year to boot! Make it a priority to eat a delicious frozen treat on Sunday, July 21, 2013 because it happens to be National Ice Cream Day.

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