But before you line up, take a look at the nutrition information in a cup of the seasonal treat.
A regular, 12-ounce Rita’s Italian Ice has 230 to 460 calories and 58 to 96 grams of sugar. Most flavors are low in fat, which means almost all of those calories come from sugar. Depending on the flavor, one regular is the equivalent of about one and a half to more than two cans of soda — or 14.5 to 24 teaspoons of sugar.
If you opt for a sugar-free flavor, you’d still consume 130 to 240 calories per 12-ounce cup — and a lot of artificial sweetener. Even though there’s no sugar in the sugar-free varieties, there are still carbohydrates (43 to 80 grams per pop).
So although Rita’s Italian Ice might be low in fat, it’s still high in sugar and calories and not necessarily a healthy swap for ice cream.
If you indulge: Opt for the smallest size and remember that it’s not a low-calorie treat.
Healthier option: Make a smoothie at home with fresh fruit and plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and a sprinkle of sugar, honey or Stevia if you want it a little sweeter.