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What are FODMAPS?

If you’re trying or have tried your hand at a Paleo style of eating, you’ve probably seen the word, or acronym, FODMAPS thrown around. I see them mentioned on blogs and also in Paleo cookbooks. That’s all well and good…but what exactly are they?

In case you’re interested (I’m not really) the acronym stands for “fermentable, oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. I’m sure thta explains a lot.

They are short chain carbohydrates found in certain foods we westerners tend to eat on a regular basis. The elimination of FODMAPS tends to be especially beneficial for those with IBS or other gastrointestinal issues.

You may not technically have IBS, but if you find yourself constantly bloated and gassy, elimination of FODMAP foods may help ease your pain.

FODMAP foods are poorly absorbed in the small intestine (for everyone). They then pass to the large intestine where bacteria ferment them which results in the production of gas. Of course, we all have/get gas (except me, I’m a lady), but those with IBS, etc. tend to suffer with more discomfort than the average person.

You’re probably wondering what foods are considered FODMAPS? Here is a great chart laying out the best and worst food choices if you wanted to give it a try.

Here are just a few examples of foods to avoid if you have IBS or other tummy problems:

Excess Fructose:

apple, mango, high fructose corn syrup, dried fruit

Lactose

cow’s milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese

Fructans

artichoke, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onion, wheat and rye

Galactans

Legumes- baked beans, chickpeas, soy beans

Polyols

apricots, cauliflower, xylitol sweetener

 

It kind of seems like there is nothing to eat if you eliminate FODMAPS, but there actually are! Here are a couple foods that are good to go (and several more on that chart I linked to above):

Bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, gluten free cereals/breads, lactose-free milks, hard cheese, tofu, maple syrup

 

There are options! I am seeing more and more recipes cater to FODMAP sensitive folks too, which is great. Like I mentioned above, lots of Paleo recipes include FODMAP free foods.

Hopefully that mini-breakdown helps clear up a little FODMAP mystery. Of course, I am not a doctor. I referred to information found on the Cleveland Clinic’s website and of course, Wikipedia.

 

Have you ever eliminated FODMAPS?

16 Minute Power Tabata

Ohh baby….this one is a doozy. Tabata workouts are just so great but so awful at the same time. I think they’re pretty deceptive: 20 seconds of work? Doesn’t sound so bad. Eight times through though? Harder than you’d think!

This Tabata is set up a little differently. There are basically 4 different workouts. You go through the first 2 exercises 8x, then move onto the next pair. In a way it’s sort of easier because you switch back and forth between the 2 exercises so you actually do each one only 4x through. Maybe slightly easier? Probably not though :).

Power Tabata

Power Tabata

Just to clarify even further, for example with the first set of exercises: perform 20 sec of burpees followed by ten second rest, then 20 sec. of push-ups, rest, then back to burpees for a total of 8 rounds.

I think most of these are self explanatory but I’ll explain a few potentially confusing ones:

Burpee with tuck jump- perform a burpee but when you come back to standing, jump up tucking your knees in towards your chest, then back to burpee.

V sit-up to superman- lay on your back with legs on the ground and arms overhead. Sit-up bringing your legs towards your arms and arms towards your legs keeping both straight, then lay back down, roll to your back and perform a superman. A superman is lying on your stomach (legs and arms straight), then bringing them both off the ground. Sort of like a sit up for your back muscles. Then roll back over for v sit-up.

If you have any questions about any exercise feel free to ask!

Good luck and happy almost Friday!

 

On-The-Go Paleo Snack Ideas

Snacks are fun. However, paleo snacks take a little more planning (it all comes back to plannning/food prep I swear!).  I am in the car a lot these days, so snacks are pretty darn important (for me and the toddler). Here are a couple paleo-centric snack ideas (if you have some, please leave them in the comments!):

Nuts and Dried Fruit

I like to mix the two together and create my own mini-trail mix. Lately, I’ve been measuring out cashews and dried (unsweetened) apples. I am loving those apples!! I measure out the nuts because even though they are “good fats” it is sooo easy to eat like, 12 servings in 12 minutes and that equals a million calories sooooo yeah. I try to keep it a little bit under control.

dried apples and cashews..yum!

dried apples and cashews..yum!

Hard Boiled Eggs

I heart eggs. I could eat them all day long. I’ve been buying 60 eggs (yes, 60) at Costco lately and hard boiling ten or so. They are so great to have in the fridge or bring with you on car trips <–easy, cheap protein!

Homemade Paleo Muffins/Bread

Hey, sometimes we need some “bread” in our lives. About a month or so ago, I made a couple batches of pumpkin paleo muffins and froze them. Freezing them is key for me because then I don’t eat them all in two days. It’s great because you can just take out 1 or 2 and microwave them or leave them out overnight and enjoy the next day.

pumpkin paleo muffins

pumpkin paleo muffins

 

Jerky

Jerky can be a little pricey, but it is another great source of on-the-go protein. If you have a Costco card, you can find large bags at a reasonable price. If not, check online or even at Walmart, the prices may be a little better.

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Applesauce Squeezes

Take a note from your toddler (or nearby baby) and try some of the applesauce squeezes. These are obviously incredibly convenient and a great source of carbohydrates when you need some. Make sure to pick ones that are unsweetened though!

Applesauce and Lara Bars

Applesauce and Lara Bars

Fresh Fruit/Veggies

I have been obsessed with oranges lately!!! They are a little messy, but I bring some cut oranges with me  when we drive...they are so good! You could bring bananas or apples too. As far as veggies, anything goes! Cut up some peppers, cucumber, even broccoli if you like it raw. Can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and veggies.

I heart oranges

I heart oranges

Olives

Good fats, baby! What an easy snack too. I don’t love green olives so I’ll be passing on those, but black olives are delicious. Make sure to pick olives without many added ingredients (the shorter the ingredient list, the better).

Tuna

If you’re really hard core (and I’m not), bring a little pack of tuna. You could get creative and bring along avocado too and use that in place of your mayonnaise.

Deli Meat Slices

Lately I’ve been packing little zip lock bags full of turkey slices. I try to buy some that are lower in sodium because a.) that’s a healthier option, and b.) the other ones are just too salty. The best choice is nitrate-free, organic, blabla but sometimes those are just a little pricey so do the best you can!

Lara Bars

Not all Lara Bars are created equally! Look for the flavors with no sugar/chocolate added like Apple Pie and Cashew Cookie. Lara Bars are great when you’re in a hurry and need to grab something quick!

 

There are lots of other packaged Paleo snack options out there…some that I don’t even know about I’m sure! These are just a couple to get you started!

Do you have any “go to” Paleo snacks? 

30 Day Paleo Challenge: Week 1

8 whole days following a Paleo diet….unbelievable! I haven’t talked much about it because honestly, I don’t want to “talk it up” then “fail” after like, 3 hours (its’ happened before so don’t put it past me), then have to report back to you guys with the disappointing news. I’m not making it a big deal, because it’s really not one.

I’m not sure what’s changed this time around, but so far, it hasn’t been too bad. My original intentions were to follow the Whole30. Well, after like, the 2nd day I realized that I had already “blown it” by using certain foods that aren’t technically Whole30 approved. Well, oh well. Shit happens. So, I’ve decided to give myself a break and try to focus on Paleo/clean eating.

I think because I’m sort of giving myself more slack than I have in the past, I’m actually doing better this time around. Does that make sense? Like, somehow I’m not focusing as much on what I can’t eat but what I can eat. That helps a lot!

My goal for this “Paleo challenge” is really to clean up my diet. I don’t really have digestion problems, or skin irritations, or celiacs (a few reasons why people switch to Paleo)….I just want to clean up the diet. It almost feels like a reset for me. I’m sure some of you are wondering, why don’t you just eat clean carbs? Honestly, I feel better when I don’t eat processed carbohydrates. I feel less weighed down and groggy. I’ll probably add them again after these 30 days…but we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s a mini breakdown of how I’ve been feeling so far:

Days 1-3

Easy days!! These days may be some of the easiest because I was in that beginning stage and the motivation hasn’t worn off yet. I felt like I had plenty of energy too which is great. I had most of my meals planned so I wouldn’t side track. I also did tons of research on new recipes I wanted to try which makes it fun.

Days 4-8

Ugh..getting harder. I can’t believe I still have a couple more weeks of this! I’m starting to notice little habits of mine, for example, I typically eat most of the food off my daughters plate if she doesn’t finish. Well, not lately!! I’ve thought about it several times though…Another example, COSTCO!!! I went to Costco today and wanted all the snacks. They had mac and cheese and those delicious fig bars as samples….I could eat those fig bars all day long. I was good though! Showing a little discipline…

I noticed the past couple days my energy levels have been a little lower. One thing I’m finding on this Paleo challenge is I have to eat enough. For example, last night I made an awesome dinner (roasted chicken thighs via NomNomPaleo) and mashed cauliflower. The dinner took me so long though, I never made a starchy carb like sweet potato. So, I ate some chicken and cauliflower. I definitely felt like something was missing.

It’s easier to get enough food when you’re eating carbs because they are relatively filling and convenient foods. Since I’m not eating those though…sometimes I think I haven’t eaten enough (I can only eat so many turkey slices at lunch). That’s when food prep comes in.

Today, I did a terrible job at having food prepped. I ate some eggs this morning, but then got back to the house late (like 3) and had nothing ready to eat. I literally ate like 10 slices of turkey, a little avocado, and an orange. That probably doesn’t sound too bad to you, but it was a pretty weak meal and I hadn’t eaten much beforehand because I didn’t have any snacks prepped. Fail.

 

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good. I actually feel like I can finish this challenge. Whether or not I’ll continue following a Paleo diet afterwards is still up in the air.

Some things I think that are necessary to succeed at following Paleo are the following:

Food Prep- I already mentioned this, but food prep is pretty much a necessity. It’s just too hard otherwise. Some easy prep ideas are cooking a bunch of chicken breasts, roasting sweet potatoes, chopping vegetables so they’re easily accessible,  boiling some eggs for snacks, and planning out your meals in advance.

Take Time- This goes with food prep. Food prep takes time! It’s so worth it though, Paleo or not!

Eat Enough Food!- This sounds so obvious and awesome, because, well, eating is awesome. It can sometimes be a challenge though if you don’t have enough food around.

Try New Recipes- One thing in particular I’m really enjoying about this challenge so far is trying new recipes!! I’ve made several new recipes this week and just ordered two new cookbooks. I’m busting out my good kitchen supplies (food processor, kitchen-aide mixer) and throwing myself into the kitchen. I think cooking new foods makes the whole challenge a little more interesting. You could absolutely eat grilled chicken breast, sweet potato, and avocado the whole time but how boring would that be?

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(Delicious roasted chicken thighs with bacon and apple…highly recommend it! Recipe is here.)

Don’t Beat Yourself Up- If you eat something that’s not technically Paleo, so be it. It’s okay. Dust yourself off and try again! You are not a failure.

 

This post is sort of a ramble. Hopefully it makes sense! I’ll check back in next week with an update for week 2!!

 

Have you tried a Paleo eating challenge or Whole30? How did you do?

Paleo Asian Beef (or elk or turkey) Stir Fry

I’ve made this dish twice in the last week. That is how much I like it! I made it the first time with ground turkey and the second with elk but feel free to use whatever ground meat you have on hand!

The original recipe comes from NomNomPaleo’s blog (recipe here). I made a few very slight changes.

One of the reasons I like this recipe so much is because it’s easy to make it your own. You can add whatever vegetables you want, use whatever meat you have, and serve it on anything: lettuce wraps, rice, spinach, whatever!!

Here’s what I used:

Asian Elk/Turkey Stir Fry

  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 1 small onion chopped up
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots chopped up
  • 1 can of mushrooms, rinsed
  • 1 can of water chestnuts, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp of fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp of Tamari/soy sauce/coconut aminos (<– if strict Paleo or Whole30)
  • handful of cilantro
  • handful of cashews, roughly chopped
  • Optional: broccoli slaw. She used the slaw in the stir fry. I didn’t use it at all the first time I made it but the second time I just heated it up and served the meat over it. I like it crunchy so I just wanted to heated up.

(I also used a red bell pepper the first time I made it. Again, whatever veggies you want!).

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First, I cooked the onion and garlic for a couple minutes. Then I added the meat and let it cook until it was mostly brown (not pink). Then I added the rest of the ingredients (except the cashews and cilantro). So easy!

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Once everything was cooked, I added the cashews and cilantro and cooked for a couple more minutes. That’s it!

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I sauteed the broccoli slaw for a couple minutes in water.

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I love a little crunch in my food! Texture, baby!

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I added a little bit of orange because, why not? It’s pretty :).

I just want to point out what my 2 year old daughter ate:

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That’s an unbelievably delicious tortilla from Costco and cheddar cheese. Why is Brooke rubbing it in my face!? It took all the willpower in the world not to snatch dinner from my innocent 2 year old.

I’ll do an update this week on how I’m feeling so far eating Paleo. Each day seems to present challenges…some are better, some are worse. Only 3 more weeks!!! (That sounds like a lifetime by the way).

Happy Monday!

*New* Full Body Workout

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Time for a new workout!

This post will be short and sweet since it’s late here (it’s literally 9:15….is that late?) and I’m trying to get our 5 month old to sleep. Why are babies so crazy? Just sleep already. Sleep is awesome!!! She’s asleep at this particular moment but she could wake up any time. She’s all over the place: last night slept 8 hours straight (hallelujah), the night before up 5 times, night before 7 hours, etc. So unpredictable! She likes keeping me on my toes. I like laying in bed.

Workout time!

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Here is a breakdown (it is around 40 minutes with added cardio. 5 min warmup, then 5 minute cardio bursts between each pair of exercises. Shorter without):

So, there are three supersets here. Supersets means perform the exercises one after the other so when you’re done with your wall balls, go into the lunge jumps. You will perform 3 rounds of each pair then move onto the next. 

Wall balls with medicine ball: Grab a medicine ball and head over to a wall at your gym. Stand pretty close to the wall.  Squat down, then throw the ball up hitting the wall, catch it, then go back into your squat and repeat.

Lunge Jumps with medicine ball overhead- Ugh. Rough. Hurts so good. Keep that medicine ball and lift it up overhead keeping it there the entire time (grab a lighter weight if you need to). From there, perform lunge jumps. You’ll love it :).

 

Bench hop over’s- Place your hands on a bench with your legs starting on one side. Keep hands on the bench the entire time and hop up and over the bench with both legs. Repeat back and forth.

Box jump and over’s- So, by box, I mean bench. You can use a box though if you have one. Start on one side of the bench, squat down and jump up landing softly on the bench, hop over to the other side, turn around and repeat back and forth.

 

Goblet Squat- Grab a dumbbell. Hold the dumbbell on one end with both hands basically at chest level (so your arms will be working here too). Hold the dumbbell in that position the entire time and perform squats.

High Pulls- You can use your dumbbell or a kettlebell. Place the dumbbell on the floor. From there, squat down, pick up the dumbbell with one hand and pull up. Then squat back down, place on the floor, and switch hands.

High pulls are hard for me to explain so here is a picture (she is using a barbell. You can use a barbell if you’d like. The one I am explaining is using a dumbbell with 1 arm at a time).

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(source)

 

If you want to make this workout harder, and why wouldn’t you, add some cardio in between each superset workout. For example, after you complete 3 rounds of the wall balls and lunge jumps, hop on the treadmill and run for 5 minutes. Add some hills maybe? The next five minute cardio could be the stairmaster (good for the buns!).

 

Hope you guys like the workout. Have a great weekend! 

Paleo Banana Nut Porridge

4 days of Paleo! I can’t believe it. This has got to be a record for me. I’ve attempted Paleo before and usually after like, a day and a half I say F it….give me some cheese!! For some reason (so far) it doesn’t seem that bad? I have no clue why. Maybe because we live in the middle of the mountains so there are literally no temptations around me (as long as I don’t buy any). I have been tempted to steal a bite of my daughter or husband’s tortilla…but I’ve stayed strong. I know…I’m sure you’re impressed right now.

Anywho…..maybe part of the reason it has been feeling “easy” this time around is I’ve been trying some new recipes which makes things fun and interesting. A couple months back I bought the book Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. It’s pretty awesome! She has pretty easy recipes and beautiful pictures. I need pictures in my cookbooks. I just want to say, I have Julia Child’s cookbook and haven’t cooked one recipe from it: no pictures! Come on Julia Child get with the program! (<—I’d like to think that’s not really why I haven’t cooked anything…..one day I will I swear).

Ok, back to Against All Grain.

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She has a similar recipe (they might actually be exactly the same) in this cookbook but I followed her recipe off her blog for Paleo porridge.

This recipe calls for 3 different types of nuts: cashews, almonds, and pecans (half cup of each). I’m sure you could try one or 2 nuts if that’s what you had but I just happened to have all three on hand.

First up: soak the nuts overnight. Easy enough.

Once you’re ready for your porridge, just add all the ingredients (your nuts, 1 banana, 2 cups coconut milk, and cinnamon)to a food processor or high speed blender and process until smooth.

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Next, you can microwave your porridge or cook it on the stovetop. I cooked mine on the stovetop for a couple minutes stirring frequently so it wouldn’t burn. Then I topped with some raisins and ate it up!

paleo banana nut porridge

paleo banana nut porridge

paleo banana nut porridge

paleo banana nut porridge

I’m not a huge fan of the word “porridge.” It makes me think it’ll be like, slop or something. This ain’t no slop though. This was really, really good. 1 banana gave it plenty of sweetness and it turned out nice and creamy.

It technically makes 4 servings so I made myself a small-ish bowl (this is a very high fat meal so it’s filling), my daughter had some, and even my husband joined in. I had some leftover and made it for breakfast again this morning and it was still yummy.

It’s definitely a nice change from having eggs everyday (though I love my eggs).

I want to get another Paleo cookbook and can’t decide between Danielle’s other book, Meals Made Simple:

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Or Well Fed (recommendation from a friend…and tons of positive reviews):

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Such big decisions. Life is hard.

 

Anyone have a Paleo recipe you absolutely love?

 

Homemade Whipped (coconut) Cream

I think I’ve already established that I love dessert. It’s funny how I realize my nightly dessert ritual is somewhat unhealthy, but I refuse to give it up. I must have something after dinner. The day just isn’t complete without that last tiny bit if sweetness to top it off.

Since my little Whole30/Paleo experiment doesn’t condone added sugars, I had to get a little creative with this one. Luckily creativity did not equal complicated.

I’ve sweet whipped coconut cream on some blogs before and always thought it might be a fun change. It is, by the way! It’s also super super easy which is my favorite.

The version I made it pretty straight forward: can of coconut milk (full fatty fat) and a dash of vanilla extract (which I already learned isn’t whole30 approved…ugh). You can get more creative with this though by adding honey, sugar, stevia-whatever sweetener you’d like. Maybe add some cocoa powder? Now I’m gettin’ crazy.

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Anyway, here’s how I made my simple version:

Whipped Coconut Cream

  • 1 can of coconut milk (full fat)
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • electric hand mixer or stand mixer (I think mixing by hand would be impossible. You might also pull a muscle you’d have to mix so damn hard).

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Place your can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. When you open it the next day, scoop out the hardened part only and put in your mixing bowl.

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coconut meat

Stop scooping when you see this:

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You can save that and use it in a smoothie or something.

Next, I added my dash of vanilla and turned the beater on high for probably about 7 minutes.

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I read somewhere to stop when it forms peaks. I’m not sure mine “formed peaks”….maybe some hills? Anyway, you should be safe with 7ish minutes of beating on high. Give it a taste too you will know if it’s not the right texture.

I had mine last night with some banana and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

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It was delicious. I’m so glad I tried it! That being said, if you do not like the taste of coconut, you probably won’t be a fan. It for sure has a coconut flavor.

I’m excited about this: a great, healthy, Paleo-friendly dessert option. I might actually be able to make it to thirty days after all…

Whole30 Approved Mayonnaise

This title may lead you to believe that I am following the Whole30 program. I was going to say, yes, I am or at least my own version of it, but then that would mean I’m actually not following it. So, nope, no Whole30…yet. I am, however, challenging myself to follow a Paleo diet for 30 days. One of my best friends is coming along for the ride too so we are holding each other accountable.

I would love to try the strict Whole30 and maybe I will but I’m just not prepared yet. For example, last night I made a Paleo beef asian stir fry which used coconut aminos which replaces soy sauce. I looked for coconut aminos at my store here in town and they were a no-go. We live in a small community meaning the nearest Whole Foods is a solid hour and a half away.  There is a health food store about 50 minutes away so maybe I’ll pick some up there next time. Anyway, you get the point. I’m not totally prepared to do the Whole30 right.

Back to the point of this blog post!! I made mayonnaise….and it was easy! Paleo mayo is different than store bought because most store bought contain canola or soybean oil which aren’t the healthiest oils in the bunch. This mayo contains only olive oil. The recipe I followed does specify that you use light olive oil instead of extra virgin because extra virgin has a much stronger taste. They weren’t kidding about that by the way.

The only ingredients are olive oil, lemon juice, mustard powder, and 1 egg. Easy!

One thing to keep in mind is make sure your egg and lemon juice are at room temperature. The ingredients don’t mix as well if they are cold.

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I used 2 Tbsp of lemon juice. 2 Tbsp is more or less what you get from one fresh lemon.

So, you basically throw everything into the food processor except for 1 cup (you use 1 cup and 1/4 cup) of olive oil. While all the ingredients are blending, slowly add the cup of olive oil….like really slow. I was adding so slow my arm started to hurt.  Here’s the final product:

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Ok. It looks like custard. It tastes like mayonnaise though I swear!! Like I said, I used extra virgin olive oil and it does taste very olive oil-y. Next time, I’ll try light. Luckily, I like the taste of olive oil so not a big deal.

I made some turkey, avocado, and tomato lettuce wraps with my mayo yesterday and today had it with tuna!

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There is nothing better than a simple, delicious recipe.

(The original can be found here).

 

Have you tried the Whole30 challenge? Thoughts?

 

Article Zero Ice Cream Review: Round 2!

(For some reason pictures I took with an iPad show up sideways even though they’ve been edited. I will work on it!)

 

Dessert is my favorite. Any kind, I’m not picky. The thing about dessert is, as I’m sure you know, it’s not always the healthiest of meals. What a cruel world we live in. Anyway, since dessert is generally loved by all but feared for its’ calorie content, healthier alternatives are a welcome ray of sunshine. That’s where Arctic Zero’s ice cream comes in.

I’ve reviewed Arctic Zero before (link is here). In case you missed that post, here is a brief summary of how their ice cream is different than the rest:

  1. First of all, I’m not sure I should call it ice cream. I guess they refer to it as a “frozen dessert.” That suites it better. This is because it is not ice cream. It comes in a pint like some ice creams so it might trick you, but ice cream, it is not. It is less creamy than your average ice cream.
  2. There are 150 calories in the entire pint (yep, that’s it). I haven’t actually eaten an entire pint (yet) so in a serving, which is 1/2 cup, there are 37 calories. Also in 1 serving, there are 2 grams of fiber and 3.4 grams of protein.  Definitely not your average dessert.
  3. It contains no artificial sweeteners. I really cannot stand the taste of artificial sweeteners so I’m all about this. Arctic Zero sweetens the desserts with monk fruit and organic cane sugar.

The folks at Arctic Zero were kind enough to send me a few pints to try. I’ve only tried coffee and cookies and cream (coffee was my fave) so I was excited to try other flavors.

Arctic Zero Pints

Arctic Zero Pints

 

Here are the flavors they sent me: Coffee, cookies and cream, coconut, sea salt caramel, and orange cream. First up (in order of my favorite to least favorite), coffee!

 

Arctic Zero- Coffee 

Arctic Zero Coffee

Arctic Zero Coffee

Still the reigning champ. I love coffee flavored anything though so maybe I’m partial to this flavor. I just find it really has an authentic coffee flavor…not bland, or “watered down.”

Arctic Zero- Sea Salt Caramel

 

Arctic Zero Sea Salt Caramel

Arctic Zero Sea Salt Caramel

If I was in an ice cream store, I would absolutely ask for a scoop of sea salt caramel so I love that they came out with this flavor. I’ve had a few ice creams that are a sea salt flavor and some are insanely good while others are actually too salty. This has just enough salt. The past few nights I’ve been having some of this flavor and the coffee….delicious!

Arctic Zero- Cookies and Cream

Arctic Zero Cookies and Cream

Arctic Zero Cookies and Cream

If we were talking “real” ice cream, cookies and cream is probably my favorite flavor. Maybe it falls down on my Arctic Zero list because it lacks those delicious cookie pieces and that’s not really fair to Arctic Zero. Overall, it is pretty good. To me, it is a little bland.

Arctic Zero- Coconut 

Arctic Zero Coconut

Arctic Zero Coconut

To be fair, I’m not super into tropical or fruity flavored ice creams so keep that in mind. I do think if you love coconut, you would like this flavor. It is very coconut-y so all of you who love your coconut will not be disappointed. I think coconut and orange cream would be really tasty together. Maybe my dessert tonight?

Arctic Zero- Orange Cream

Arctic Zero Orange Cream

Arctic Zero Orange Cream

This is another type of ice cream flavor I’m not typically obsessed with. In my opinion, Orange Cream was good. It tasted like an orange creamsicle, but a little watered down.

 

So, my overall opinion of Arctic Zero’s frozen dessert pints is a good one. I think they’re a great substitute for full fat ice cream (or other desserts). When I have it for dessert, I feel satisfied afterwards so it gets the job done. I do think some of the flavors are a little bland, but I’m sure others would disagree with me.

coffee and sea salt caramel

coffee and sea salt caramel

One thing to really keep in mind is it is NOT ice cream. If you let is soften, it has a pretty good texture but it does not have a creamy texture like ice cream. If that is something that might turn you off, maybe it’s not for you. On the other hand if you love your dessert at night (like me) but are trying to clean up your diet, give it a shot! Keep in mind the general flavors you like and buy accordingly.

 

Cheers to clean dessert!

**If you try Arctic Zero, let it sit out for about 10-15 minutes prior to eating so it can soften up.**

*These are all my opinions. I was not compensated for this review*