We thought we’d never utter the words, but it is possible to have too much ice cream.
If daily trips to the creamery have you feeling lactose intolerant, change things up with one of these refreshing alternatives.
Take the guilt out of afternoon treats with popsicles and ices made from locally grown fruits and herbs. Flavor combos come and go depending on what’s fresh, but past varieties have included strawberry basil and blueberry jasmine. Locations online at peoplespops.com.
Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls
A summer delicacy imported from steamy New Orleans, Sno-balls harken back to the snow cones of your youth. Rainbow-colored syrups are poured over fluffy shaved ice and served in Chinese takeout containers. Straws are included for slurping up every last bit of sticky goodness. 145 Seventh Avenue, at Charles Street (251-366-7777).
The Soft Serve Fruit Co.
Kids might be fooled into thinking it’s ice cream or fro yo, but the only ingredients here are fruit, water, and organic cane sugar. Flavors include banana and mango, and toppings run the gamut from hot peanut butter to organic granola. 1371 Third Avenue, at 78th Street (212-794-2200).
For a frozen treat that also packs a little mom-appropriate pick-me-up, try Brewla. Most of the popsicles are brewed with coffee or tea. Need a little extra lift? The Remedy (raspberry green tea) and the Buzz (sweetened espresso) give you a shot of caffeine. Available at Fulton Stall Market, South Street Seaport, South Street, between Fulton and Beekman Streets.
Ice cream, who?
Belly Dance Maternity Sample and Clearance Sale
What: Expectant styles from Paige, Ella Moss, Michael Stars, and more for under $50.
Why: Designer maternity jeans for 50 bucks? We’re considering getting knocked up again.
When: Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 548 Hudson St., b/t Charles & Perry Sts. (212-645-3640). Cash only.
Bessie’s Big Shot
What: The CityParks PuppetMobile (an actual roving puppet theater) presents the story of a cow who dreams of joining the circus.
Why: Marionettes alfresco.
When: Fri., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2 Old Fulton St., at Furman St., pier 1. Free.
Little Club Heads
What: A family dance party for former club kids — and their kids.
Why: This month’s installment has a princess/superhero theme.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad St., b/t Beaver St. & Exchange Pl. Tickets at 917-327-3268 or online at ticketweb.com. Adults and children, $15.
Photo: Courtesy of People’s Pops