08/13/2011 01:55 am ET | Updated Oct 12, 2011

How To Enjoy Ice Cream Without Blowing Your Diet

A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed my first “real” ice cream of the summer. Sure, I’ve eaten plenty of low-calorie, low-fat frozen yogurt in recent months, but not the full-fat, high-calorie type packed with cookies, nuts and bits of chocolate. You know, the good stuff! I ordered my favorite flavor (Almond Joy) and enjoyed every single bite of it; the splurge was totally worth it!

Ice cream is a cool treat during the summer heat, but before I enjoy a scoop (or two!), I keep in mind these waistline-saving strategies.