As Dietitians, we follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to diet and lifestyle choices: 80% healthy food choices and exercise routines with 20% allowed for food indulgences. This balanced approach allows for us to satisfy our cravings without feeling guilty. It’s not necessary to eat perfectly 100% of the time. If you are choosing whole, minimally processed foods rich in healthy nutrients 80% of the time- you can afford to indulge in the not so healthy stuff every once in a while. No need to skip the cake at the birthday party or pie at Thanksgiving. Just watch your portions sizes, stay active and it will all balance out!
One of our favorite desserts has to be gelato. Similar to icecream in that the main ingredients are the same: dairy, sugar and air; their proportions are different. Ice cream is higher in cream which means a higher fat content and typically contains egg yolks, whereas gelato contains more milk. A lot of commercial ice creams can also contain stabilizers such as guar gum to prevent the formation of large ice crystals. Most ice creams are 25% calories from fat vs gelato typically has 4-9% fat content. On average, a 1/2 cup serving of vanilla ice cream contains around 210 calories and 16g sugar. An equivalent serving of gelato is 160 calories and 17g sugar. Since gelato doesn’t have the higher air content, it’s texture is denser and has a silkier smooth texture than ice cream.
Additionally, gelato usually is flavored from natural sources which is a healthier option than ice cream that often has artificial colors and flavors. So, when we were invited to try the new Gio Gelati that recently opened in the San Ramon City Center at Bishop Ranch, we were excited to indulge in some gelato.
Gio Gelati’s original location in San Francisco has been a popular gelato spot in the city and we’re so happy they opened their new location in the East Bay. Gio Gelati’s authenticity is a result of it’s Italian team: Manager Guido Mastropaolo from Pesaro/Genova, Italy and Chef Patrizia Pasqualetti from Orvieto, Italy. They expertly combine authentic Italian recipes shaped by four decades of gelato-making processes with the seasonal flavors of California. Their gelato chefs use local fruits, nuts and eggs to produce exquisitely rich flavors that are the best of both Italy and California.
With natural, local, seasonal ingredients – Gio Gelati gelato is full of flavor without artificial flavors and preservatives. Our kids were more than happy to join us and they overwhelmingly gave it their seal of approval!
We all opted for scoops of gelato, but Gio Gelati also serves creative cakes and Italian milkshakes called Frappe’ or Affogato which is drizzled with espresso for a caffeinated flavor boost.
Go check out Gio Gelati at either of their locations- you won’t be disappointed. They even have dairy-free and vegan options! Ciao!