Ice cream buffets are a great addition to any party. It's such a popular dessert that many people love, which is one reason that about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts produced in the United States each year. But, what do you do if everyone at the party is on a diet, is allergic to dairy, or simply wants healthier dessert options? Well, there are some simple ways to have your ice cream and eat it too.

Ice cream is delicious, but it can add a few extra pounds to your body. If that's something you want to avoid at all costs, but don't want to give up on the frozen treat altogether, there are some simple adjustments you can make to the classic ice cream buffet.

First, you have to start with the base, and we all know that that base in this situation is ice cream. But, what do you do if people just simply cannot eat the real deal? Well, my friends, the answer is simple. Nowadays, many people are turning to the vegan lifestyle or are still trying to keep up with their New Year's resolution of losing weight. Because of this, many ice cream companies understand that real ice cream isn't necessarily the best option. There are so many different kinds of vegan, low-fat, non-dairy, and healthy ice cream choices out there. So get a few tubs of the flavors that people are able to eat and line them up on the buffet. Of course, if you do opt for the real, dairy-filled thing, there are other ways to amp up the health factor of your ice cream buffet.

Next, it's time for the toppings. We all love sprinkles and hot fudge, but those aren't really the best options if you're on a diet or have health restrictions. As an alternative, fruits actually make a really good topping. For example, go to the store and pick up a couple packages of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and bananas (frozen or fresh, it doesn't matter). Cut all of the fruits up and place them in individual dishes. These are the perfect way to add color to your sundae without ruining your diet. You can also add things to the buffet such as almonds and coconut flakes. These will also add a little guilt-free crunch to your dish.

Once you have the ice cream and all of your fixings, you need to think about how you're going to serve everything. Display some colored spoons, bowls, and even ice cream cups with lids. Ice cream cups with lids are great because if the gas at your party isn't able to finish their dessert by the time I have to leave, they can take it with them! Not only are you allowing everybody with any dietary need the chance to indulge a little, but with the ice cream cups with lids, you're offering convenience!

So, the next time you're hosting a party and want to serve a sweet treat, but understand that not everybody can partake in the delicious festivities, take a look at some of the healthy ice cream buffet ideas listed above!