Yes, I really am posting about ice cream the day after I wrote about my diet. It's part of a blog tour, and when they asked me if I wanted free ice cream, I couldn't resist.
The ice cream in question is Haagen-Dazs Five and, as featured in the front page of the Washington Post yesterday (don't they have a recession to report on?), the gimmick is that there are only five ingredients in each flavor and they're all something recognizable — milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and whatever the flavor is. In other words, it more or less passes Michael Pollan's food rules.
They say that these have less fat than the standard Haagen Dasz flavors, but this is still a premium ice cream, coming in at 220-240 calories for a 1/2 cup serving (and my guess is that most people probably treat the 14 ounce packages as a 2 serving package, if they don't eat the whole thing). That said, it's very good ice cream. Ginger was probably my favorite flavor of the ones we tried, D liked the passionfruit best, and N liked them all.
So, what am I doing eating ice cream if I'm on a diet? Well, they're rich enough that a little goes a long way. I served myself a big bowl of fruit and put a dollop of ice cream on top. The passionfruit ice cream was amazing with the mango chunks from Trader Joe's, and the ginger, mint and brown sugar all went well with strawberries. As Pollan says, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."