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Halt at the Dairy Bar: Moderation is Always in Good Taste!

With the warm season at our doors, the bathing suit is out, and we can finally enjoy the beautiful days of summer. When we want to cool down a bit, the traditional trip to the dairy bar is still one of the best options. However, the nutritional quality of the treats offered leaves something to be desired. So here’s a glimpse of the best and worst choices you can make at the dairy bar, as well as a few nutritional strategies to keep in mind:

· Choose the smallest serving size. There can be a difference of as much as 500 calories between the small and large sizes of a frozen dessert.

· One scoop of ice cream is enough. That way, you will save 150 calories, and about 10 g of sugar.

· Stay away from extras such as whipped cream, candy, biscuits, syrup, and coulis.

The best choices




Bad fats

Ice cream cone, small

100 to 110

9 to 10 g

2 à 3 g

Fruit sorbet, small


28 g

Not much

Fruit smoothie, small


20 g


Ice cream sandwich


9 g

4 g

Frozen tofu, small


27 g

Not much

Frozen yogurt, small


30 g

8 g

The worst choices



Bad fats

Ice cream cone, large

Around 550

50 g

Around 15 g

Frozen desserts (Banana Royale, parfait, sablés (shortbread), etc.)

600 to 1000

60 to 100 g

15 to 30 g

Ice cream, syrup, and candy (frozen cup), large

700 calories

90 g

17 g

Milkshake, large


145 g

25 g

Ice cream mixed with candy (Swirl, Blizzard, etc.), large


150 g

28 g

If you are still concerned by the amount of calories contained in frozen desserts, why not ditch the car and walk or ride a bike to the dairy bar, if possible? This way, you will enjoy the sun, and your treat will be that much more refreshing!

By Vanessa Martin, nutritionist

Vanessa Martin

A newcomer to Nautilus Plus, Vanessa Martin holds a degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and is a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec. She also works in the hospital setting and loves to blog in her spare time. Passionate and versatile, Vanessa plans on enhancing her knowledge in the field of psychology with an eye to better guiding and motivating the habit-changing endeavors of her clients. Member of a running club, she enjoys taking part in the competitions organized in her area. Vanessa is currently training for a 21 km race and would like to run her first marathon!

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