How to build a healthier sundae

GTU Recipes

While ice cream may be a year-round favorite, the dog days of summer practically scream for ice cream. Trish Brimhall shares a few tweaks you can make to your Sundae Bar the keep the nutrition high without sacrificing any flavor.  

Consider frozen yogurt, or a shorter ingredient list. (A lower-fat frozen yogurt can save 50 calories per serving, and there are many flavors). Take a look at the ingredient list – you want it to be fairly short and understandable. 

Find creative ways to incorporate fruit into your sundae bar. Forget the strawberry or pineapple toppings and serve diced, mashed or pureed fruit with a drizzle of honey (This can save 70 calories per serving). A grilled peach half makes a tasty base for your Sundae. Fanned out strawberries or berries on skewers make attractive additions.

Keep in mind the scoops and spoons you use as serving sizes (a smaller scoop means a more moderate portion). When it comes to it, that’s what dessert is all about: balance and moderation for fun, once-in-a-while foods.

Chocolate syrup instead of hot fudge saves calories as well.

Here is how you can make your own:

Homemade Chocolate syrup:

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a saucepan, whisk together the cocoa and sugar.  Add the water and salt, whisking over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Store in refrigerator. 

Makes approximately 2 cups (16 servings)

Serving size: 2 Tbsp.  60 calories, 1.8 g fiber,  12.6 g sugar

Visit for more healthy recipes and advice.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Good Things Utah Sponsors