Hey guys! So, as you know I’ve been trying to eat healthier and hopefully drop a couple lb.’s in the process. That being said, I’m not following any particular diet or being super restrictive with my calorie intake because I am still breastfeeding and don’t want to dry up!
My husband and I are pretty routine at night. We have dinner followed by dessert…some sort of dessert..every night. He loves ice cream (who doesn’t?) but obviously, I don’t want to stuff my face with Ben and Jerry’s on a daily basis…I mean, I do, but I shouldn’t. So, I decided to give Arctic Zero ice cream a try.
When I first picked this pint up, I assumed it was a scam because usually anything that seems too good to be true, is.
150 calories for that entire thing? Seems suspicious to me.
Seriously? How is that possible?
The list of ingredients isn’t horrific either.
Most of those ingredients I know or have seen before. The one I wasn’t familiar with was monk fruit concentrate which turns out is a sweetener made from the Chinese fruit of the same name. It seems to be the next up-and-coming “natural” sweetener (I put natural in quotes because I’m sure it’s processed in some way).
I, personally, like that Arctic Zero has whey protein added to it so at least there is a tiny bit of nutritional value.
There are multiple different flavors but I’ve only tried Cookies and Cream and Coffee. My favorite so far is coffee (I love coffee anything!). The thing about this “ice cream” is it’s more like an ice cream replacement. The texture is much different. It is not creamy like your typical Baskin Robbins scoop. I’m not sure how to describe the texture…more slushy like? I leave the ice cream out for a little bit to soften it up..it’s definitely better that way!
I had some coffee last night with a little Light Hershey’s syrup on top…yum!
So, here are my pro’s and con’s of Arctic Zero:
- calorie count and overall nutrition for a dessert-not bad
- tastes good (I read some people hate it so could go either way)
- good dessert replacement-satisfies the sweet tooth!
- price- this pint almost costs $5
- texture-not the same as ice cream
- processed- this is most definitely a highly processed food. The ingredients are straight forward, but I’m still skeptical because it just seems too good to be true.
I also read that The Today Show did a report on diet ice creams and found that this one in particular was actually under on their calorie count. The Today Show reported that in reality, Arctic Zero ice creams had about 46-68% more calories than they claimed. The company of course said their calorie count is correct…but who knows. (Here is the story).
Overall, I think it’s pretty good but there are definitely other desserts that are a healthier choice like fruit (lame) or banana soft serve. That, in my opinion, is the best. It does an awesome job replacing ice cream-it’s delicious and healthy! Perfect.
Some nights I’m just not in the mood to deal with a food processor. So on those nights, Arctic Zero will do just fine.
Have you tried Arctic Zero? Thoughts? If not, what’s your go-to dessert?