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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - July is National Ice Cream Month and Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.

So which type of ice cream is healthier for you? Believe it or not, some are much healthier than others.

Registered dietitian Kristen Rowe says that healthy eating is about balance and every now and then you can indulge a little.

She recommends the following:

-Plan ahead and don't think of it as "cheating". Know that you have allowed for those calories in your diet plan and do not feel guilty.

-Make your craving count. Save splurges for things you really want.

-Be mindful about your eating. Enjoy each bite and limit outside distractions.

-Find lower calorie ice cream alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth: Sorbet, sherbet, frozen yogurt, ice milk, soft-serve ice cream, or make your own.

Tips if you choose ice cream as your indulgence:

-Typical ½ cup Ice cream: 140 calories and 6 grams of fat. Better selection would be one with 120 calories, 4 g. of fat, and 15 g. sugar or less per serving.
-Serve in a small bowl or cup.
-Stick to actual portion size: ½ cup or 1 scoop (size of a tennis ball)
-Never eat directly from the container
-Only buy enough for 1 indulgence.

Healthy Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
-1 Frozen banana, chopped
-3 Tbsp. of 1 % milk
-1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Instructions:
1. Combine frozen banana and milk in a blender or food processor until smooth and thick
2. Top with walnuts and enjoy!
Nutrition information: 160 calories, 6 g. fat

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