Nutrition

Seven Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives Available in Boston

Beat the heat with these healthier takes on the summer treat.
Freeze

Pressed Juicery’s Freeze/Photo provided

No food goes with summer quite like ice cream. But now that warm days seem to be here to stay, you may want to cycle in some more nutritious options now and then.

If that’s the case, cool off with these healthy ice cream alternatives available in Boston:

1. Pressed Juicery Freeze

This stuff looks identical to regular frozen yogurt, but don’t be fooled. Each flavor—including chocolate, vanilla, greens, and fruits—is refined-sugar-free and made with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and non-dairy milks. Top ’em with fruits, nut butters, chocolate chips, and more.

Pressed Juicery, 288 Newbury St., Boston, and 1380 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, pressedjuicery.com.

Chill by Chloe

Chill by Chloe/Photo by Jamie Ducharme

2. Chill by Chloe

By Chloe, Boston’s newest all-vegan eatery, offers a line of totally plant-based “ice creams” called Chill. Look for zany flavors including kale cookies and cream, salted peanut butter and jelly, and raspberry and cream. For a smaller taste, try its push-pops.

By Chloe, 107 Seaport Blvd. and 100 Van Ness St., Boston, eatbychloe.com.

3. B’Nice Bowls at the Juice Union

This Somerville juice shop whips bananas into the consistency of soft-serve, then combines them with ingredients such as dates, cacao powder, avocado, non-dairy milks, and fresh fruit.

The Juice Union, 23 Bow St., Somerville, thejuiceunion.com.

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream/Photo by Somerby Jones

4. FoMu

No list of ice cream alternatives would be complete without FoMu. Though it’s not exactly low in calories, FoMu’s ice cream uses coconut milk and natural sweeteners, plus from-scratch baked goods and fresh produce in certain flavors. It’s an indulgence you can feel good about.

FoMu, 481 Cambridge St., Allston; 617 Centre St., Jamaica Plain; 655 Tremont St., Boston, fomuicecream.com.

5. Nice Cream at Veggie Crust

As the name suggests, this Somerville restaurant specializes in meatless pizzas. But it also offers “nice cream,” a plant-based ice cream alternative made from coconut milk and a variety of fruits, spices, and other flavors. Flavor options include strawberry, lemon, chai, sangria, orange, and more.

Veggie Crust, 445 Somerville Ave., Somerville, vegcrust.com.

Jugos

Jugos’ Sao Paolo Bowl/Photo by Jamie Ducharme

6. Sao Paolo Bowl at Jugos

We kid you not, this acai bowl tastes like chocolate ice cream. The chocolate flavor comes from raw cacao, while the creamy consistency comes from cashews, banana, and cashew milk. Go ahead, eat chocolate for breakfast.

Jugos, 145 Dartmouth St., Boston, visitjugos.com.

7. C Fruit Life

This Allston shop specializes in Hong Kong-style fruit desserts called “snowdaes,” in flavors such as strawberry, mango, durian, peanut butter, taro, matcha, and more.

C Fruit Life, 171 Brighton Ave., Allston, facebook.com.

Looking for a DIY ice cream alternative? Make our chocolate raspberry nice cream or popsicles


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com