Ask Amelia Nutrition

What Does a Serving of Ice Cream Look Like?

ice cream nutrition facts

I love ice cream.  I eat it more often than I’d like to admit.  If I had to pick one food to take to a deserted island, I’d pick ice cream (provided the island had a freezer).

Unfortunately, you don’t get much bang for your buck when it comes to this creamy treat.  One serving is half a cup — see above picture.  It may look like a lot in a measuring cup, but when placed in a regular sized bowl, it seems pretty measly:

serving of ice cream

especially when compared to the size of my fist:

serving of ice cream

I also compared this serving of ice cream to a couple of things I had lying around, and much to my dismay I found that a scoop is no larger than a small tomato:

serving of ice cream

or a medium sized lemon:

serving of ice cream

Moral of the story?  While there’s no need to eliminate ice cream from your diet (gasp!), do make an effort to serve small portions (unless you splurge on treats only once in a great while, then you can eat a little more).  The way I personally trick myself is to serve ice cream in a tiny bowl or mug, so it seems like a heftier portion than it really is.

In the mood for ice cream?  Try these ice cream sandwiches…yum!  Just make sure you have people to share them with 🙂

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    June 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Have you ever heard of arctic zero? They carry it at sprouts… the entire pint is only 150 calories and to top it off its dairy free! It definitely isnt as good as normal ice cream at all but it doesnt taste bad. My favorite flavor is the vanilla maple and I put fresh berries on top 🙂

  • Amelia
    June 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’ve seen this but never tried it. Seems like a good low-cal substitute as long as it doesn’t upset your stomach! It contains lots of whey protein concentrate and chicory root –both ingredients tend to cause gas, bloating, stomach upset in many people–so just pay attention to how your body reacts 🙂

  • Keith
    July 25, 2012 at 6:15 am

    What is so wrong with dairy?

  • Amelia
    July 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Nothing! But that doesn’t mean we should all gorge ourselves on oversized portions of ice cream.

  • Amber
    June 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I serve most of my snacks (ice cream included) in a ramekin for that looks like more trick.

  • Amelia Winslow
    June 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Great tip – serving in small dishes fools the eyes and still satisfies!

  • Arleigh
    August 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    If you are diabetic how much ice cream are you allowed per day?

  • Amelia Winslow
    August 17, 2016 at 11:20 am

    That’s something you’d need to discuss with a dietitian or your doctor, Arleigh. Limiting sugar and eating appropriate combinations of carbs, fat and protein is especially important when you’re a diabetic.

  • Mat
    September 13, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Nah! Gorge away. You only live once.

  • Amelia Winslow
    September 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Haha, that’s one way to approach ice cream! (a delicious one)

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