Low Calorie Dairy Queen Treats

Learn to eat off the DQ ice cream menu for 300 calories or less

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Did you know that you can eat off the DQ ice cream menu for 500 calories or less? It's true. If you follow a few smart Dairy Queen nutrition tips, you can even find treats for under 300 calories. DQ isn't the healthiest fast food restaurant for dieters, but there are still plenty of ways to keep your Dairy Queen calories in check if you go.

Dairy Queen Nutrition Tips

If you are trying to cut fat and calories,  your best bet is to eat a diet-friendly meal at home and visit DQ for a post-meal treat.

That way you can prepare a healthy low calorie, high protein dinner and keep your total Dairy Queen calories low. But you should check the DQ menu online before you go and know what you're going to order in advance.

Once you're at the ice cream counter, order without looking at the menu. It's easy to get distracted by some of the photos of sundaes and high calorie Blizzards posted on the wall. If you know what you're going to eat before you get inside the door, you can keep your eyes on the scenery (or your companions) instead.

As you might imagine, the best low-calorie Dairy Queen menu items come in smaller serving sizes. Each of the treats listed below has less than 300 calories and less than 10 grams of fat. Some are even fat-free. Keep in mind, however, that the sundaes and low-calorie Blizzard treats come without whipped topping or other additions. Whipped topping adds 90 calories and 7 grams of fat.

Low Calorie Dairy Queen Items

  • Cherry StarKiss Bar: 80 calories, 0 grams fat
  • Stars & Stripes StarKiss Bar: 80 calories, 0 grams fat
  • Fudge Bar: 50 calories, 0 grams fat
  • Vanilla Orange Bar: 60 calories, 0 grams fat
  • Child's Vanilla Cone: 170 calories, 4.5 grams fat
  • Arctic Rush (small): 220 calories, 0 grams fat
  • DQ Sandwich: 190 calories, 5 grams fat
  • Banana Sundae (small): 230 calories, 7 grams fat
  • Strawberry Sundae (small): 260 calories, 7 grams fat
  • Banana Split Blizzard (mini): 290 calories, 8 grams fat

High Calorie Dairy Queen Treats to Avoid

If none of those treats seems enticing, there are other options that are slightly higher in calories that might not ruin your diet if you eat a small portion size and eat a low-calorie lunch or dinner. But there are some DQ treats you'll want to avoid altogether. These items have shockingly high calorie and fat counts. Check this list for your favorite treat. You might be surprised what's on (and not on) the list.

  • Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard (large): 1470 calories, 82 grams fat
  • Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard (large): 1430 calories, 67 grams fat
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard (large): 1500 calories, 69 grams fat
  • Brownie Cookie Dough Blizzard (large): 1510 calories, 63 grams fat
  • Hot Fudge Shake (large): 970 calories, 36 grams fat
  • Peanut Butter Malt (large): 1350 calories, 72 grams fat

    Are you surprised that the Peanut Buster Parfait isn't on the list? It's one of the most popular menu items and contains 710 calories and 31 grams of fat. So, if you're going to fall off the wagon and indulge, it's not the worst option.

    Low Calorie Dairy Queen Meals 

    If you find yourself at Dairy Queen for a full meal, it is possible to dine for 500 calories or less. But again, your options are limited. Here are a few combinations that will get you out the door with minimal damage.

    • Grilled Chicken Wrap: 280 calories
    • Side Salad (lemon wedge instead of dressing): 20 calories
    • Kids Vanilla Cone: 170 calories
    • Total: 470 calories
    • Garden Greens Salad with Grilled Chicken: 150 calories
    • Light Ranch Dressing: 80 calories
    • DQ Sandwich: 190 calories
    • Total: 420 calories
    • Cheeseburger (Kids): 400 calories
    • Vanilla Orange Bar: 60 calories
    • Total: 460 calories

    One of the best tips for eating at Dairy Queen was posted on the About.com Weight Loss Facebook page. A smart Facebook friend reminded readers that taking the kids to Dairy Queen and watching them eat their cones contains 0 calories and 0 grams of fat. It also creates zero guilt. For a dieter, this may be the best option.

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