Even on a healthy diet, it's OK to give in to cravings for a sweet treat like ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. While many of the toppings and ice cream flavors may be hard to resist when you walk in, if you go with a plan, you may be able to enjoy your treat with little guilt.
Please note that menu items and nutrition information changes. Check Cold Stone Creamery's website for the most up-to-date information.
Ice Cream or Sorbet
Whether you're counting calories, fat or carbs, or trying to limit your sodium intake, stick with the smallest cup size at Cold Stone Creamery, which is referred to as Like It. A waffle cone or cup, or a sugar cone, will add calories, fat, carbs and sodium to your total count.
The lowest-calorie ice cream option is the Skinny Vanilla with 230 calories, 36 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fat and 220 milligrams of sodium in a Like It size. Eggnog ice cream is not as low in calories or fat but is low in carbs and sodium, with 260 calories, 26 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fat and 85 milligrams of sodium in a Like It size.
To satisfy your sweet tooth without the fat or sodium, you might want to order one of the sorbets at Cold Stone Creamery. A Like It size of watermelon sorbet contains 160 calories, 41 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fat and 15 milligrams of sodium. The orange sorbet is even lower in calories, carbs and sodium, with 150 calories, 38 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fat and 10 milligrams of sodium.
Consider Frozen Yogurt Instead
The frozen yogurt at Cold Stone Creamery also makes a good option for those trying to limit calorie, fat and sodium intake. A Like It serving of vanilla frozen yogurt contains 170 calories, 40 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fat and 150 milligrams of sodium. A Like It serving of the black cherry, cinnamon, coffee or white chocolate frozen yogurt has a similar nutritional makeup as the vanilla.
Go Easy on Mix-Ins
You also need to think about what you add to your ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. For calorie, fat, sodium and carb counters, go with fruit as your mix-in. Blueberries or blackberries make good choices with 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs and no fat or sodium per 3/4-ounce serving. Strawberries also make a good choice with 20 calories and 7 grams of carbs in a 3/4-ounce serving. For a topping, cinnamon is calorie- and sodium-free.
Most of the other ice cream treats, including the shakes, sundaes and Cold Stone Creamery Signature Creations, are very high in calories and fat. But a fruit smoothie may fit into your diet plan. The strawberry raspberry smoothie is the lowest in calories with 210, plus 45 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat and 135 milligrams of sodium in a Like It size. A Like It serving of the blueberry banana smoothie has a similar nutritional profile with 230 calories, 52 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat and 130 milligrams of sodium.