In a thinly disguised attempt to steer clear of my daughter‚Äôs birthday ‚Äúspa‚ÄĚ party that featured 10 of her closest, noisiest friends, a half-dozen or so moms, and lots of nail polish, I corralled my son and his friend this past weekend and escorted them to the arcade at the mall.
Since a special night out deserves a special evening-ending treat, we headed to Dairy Queen before we headed for home.
I ordered a Banana Cream Pie Blizzard and mentally patted myself on the back for getting a medium rather than a large. For those of you unfamiliar with Blizzards, they are basically soft serve vanilla ice cream that‚Äôs loaded with extras.
Usually I ask for M&Ms and OREO bits, but this time the banana cream pie variety caught my eye‚Ä¶ and my interest. Turns out I should have stayed home and had my nails painted rather than coating my stomach with the ice cream, banana chunks, pie mix, pie shell pieces and whipped topping.
The Damage Done
My 14-ounce sweet escape weighed me down with 790 calories, 30 grams of fat (16 saturated; 2.5 trans), 60mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, and 118g carbs.
Turns out I could have done worse‚Ä¶ much worse First, I could have ordered a large and got whacked with an extra 310 calories and 12 more grams of fat. Or, like my son ‚Äės pal Cameron, I could have ordered a medium Chocolate Xreme Blizzard and sucked up 990 calories, 45 grams of fat (23 saturated which is 115% of your RDA; 4.5 trans), 95mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium and a sickeningly sweet 132g carbs (116g sugars).
When I was a kid, we basically had a choice of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. There may have been other more exotic treats available but I was perfectly happy to stick with the basics.
Had I opted for such a boring yet tasty treat like a medium vanilla cone I would have saved more than half the calories and fat‚Ä¶ and I would have gone home perfectly content.
Chew on This: Dairy Queen offers a nifty nutrition tool at www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/eats-and-treats/nutrition-calculator. Take it out for a spin and be amazed at how fast you can go from zero to sickly in the calories and fat departments.