Frozen treats are to summer what trees are to Christmas—it’s just not the same without them. But if you have specific dietary preferences or restrictions, or you’re just trying to eat better, your favorite indulgences might be a no-go. Not to worry—many companies have come through with offerings that deliver the sweetness the kid in you craves, while accommodating your grown-up desire for healthier eating. Here are a few of our favorite healthier frozen treats.
Our Pick: Solero Crushed Fruit Pops
Why we like it: Simple ingredients (fruit, sugar, juice, natural stabilizers), smart portions (40–50 calories per pop) and great taste make this a refreshing frozen treat you can feel good about giving your kids—or indulging in yourself. Each 12-pop box contain two flavors, such as Lemon Lime, Fresh Strawberry or our favorite, Tangerine.
The stats: Per pop: 40–50 calories; 9–12 g sugar
Bonus points for: gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free
Chloe’s Pops. Made of only fruit, water and cane sugar, these popsicles weigh in at just 60 calories apiece (13–14 g sugar).
Our Pick: Daiya Deliciously Dairy-Free
Why we like it: You won’t miss the dairy in these delectable dessert bars. They feature a creamy coconut base (but minimal coconut taste) and are covered in dark, fair-trade chocolate that doesn’t feel waxy. Choose from flavors such as Classic Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Fudge Crunch (the crunch comes from pumpkin seeds!) and Salted Caramel Swirl.
The stats: Per bar: 180–200 calories; 13–15 g sugar
Bonus points for: dairy-free, gluten-free, fair-trade, soy-free, vegan, non-GMO
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars. These extra-creamy bars contain live and active cultures, plus 5g of protein and only 100 calories each.
Our Pick: Luna + Larry’s Coconut Bliss Dairy-Free
Why we like it: Organic, 100 percent plant-based ingredients, including fair-trade dark chocolate, make this a conscience-friendly healthier frozen treat. Coconut milk serves as the base, and the coconut taste is strong in the vanilla flavors, but barely noticeable in the others, such as Sea Salt Caramel + Chocolate (yes, please!) and Dark Chocolate.
The stats: Per serving (2/3 cup): 210–290 calories; 13–21 g sugar
Bonus points for: dairy-free, gluten-free, fair-trade, non-GMO, organic, vegan, kosher
Halo Top employs skim milk and a mix of cane sugar, erythritol and stevia leaf extract to keep fat, calories and sugar low (about 6 g per serving).
Our Pick: My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream
Why we like it: Because it comes in little balls, mochi ice cream is an ideal treat for portion control. My/Mo uses real fruit purees, naturally gluten-free rice-flour dough, and plant-based food colorings, such as beet juice, purple carrot juice and turmeric extract. Flavors include fruity ones like Fresh Strawberry and Sweet Mango, as well as new triple-layer offerings like Dulce de Leche.
The stats: Per piece: 110–120 calories; 12–13 g sugar
Bonus points for: gluten-free, kosher, soy-free
Bubbies Hawaii. Straight from the islands, Bubbies mochi uses natural ingredients and comes in 90-calorie servings, with only 10 grams of sugar.
Our Pick: So Delicious Dairy Free Mousse
Why we like it: A fluffy, whipped texture gives this nondairy dessert a light feel—backed up by its mere 100–110 calories per serving. It incorporates both organic cane sugar and erythritol to reduce added sugars. Flavors include Strawberry Swirl and Salted Caramel Swirl, with just the right balance of salty and sweet.
The stats: Per serving (2/3 cup): 100–110 calories, 5–9 g sugar
Bonus points for: non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free
Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Chunks. Skip the cookies, and instead pop these vegan mini dough bites that stay soft when frozen.