The Best Low-Calorie Ice Cream Brands You Have to Try
Many ice cream fans are skeptical of the new low-calorie ice cream trend — and we can certainly understand why. If you’re going to treat yourself to a scoop (or an entire pint), your cravings can probably only be fulfilled with the creamiest and most flavorful options out there.
Luckily, many low-calorie ice cream brands totally get it. That’s why they’ve created such delicious, innovate, and not-so-bad-for-you flavors that will actually satisfy your ice cream desires. Here are the best low-calorie ice cream brands you have to try.
Arctic Zero is making a comeback with their new light ice cream. While their original lactose-free ice cream provided an option for those who don’t consume dairy (or just wanted a healthier option), not many people were fans of the brand.
Their new line, however, is made with real milk, cream and cane sugar. They’re all light in calories, don’t contain any sugar alcohols, and are non-GMO. Plus, they even contain a healthy dose of prebiotic fiber. Arctic Zero currently carries seven flavors of their light ice cream: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies, Toffee Crunch, Cookie and Brown Dough, Mint and Chocolate Cookies, and Cookies and Cream.
Even one of the most classic ice cream brands, Breyers, is jumping on the low-calorie trend. They’ve released several flavors of light ice cream, all ranging between 260 to 330 calories per pint. With added milk protein and stevia, you’ll also be getting 20 grams of protein.
According to Shape, the flavor you need to try is Vanilla Cupcake. Made with natural flavors, it apparently tastes just like a real cupcake — and even includes sprinkles inside.
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If you’ve never tried Halo Top, you know you’ve seen the trendy pints in your grocery store or on social media. Why is it receiving so much attention? On top of its aesthetically pleasing packaging, Halo Top’s ice cream only contains 280 to 360 calories. Plus, according to Shape, “This social-sensation brand uses organic stevia and erythritol (a sugar alcohol that’s not supposed to affect blood glucose or cause bloating).”
Halo Top may not be the creamiest or most flavorful of the low-calorie ice creams, but considering you can eat an entire pint guilt-free, it’s worth giving it a try. There are 25 flavors to choose from, as well as seven non-dairy flavors, so vegans and non-vegans alike can stock up their freezers.
While Talenti made their name for their pint-sized gelato treats, they didn’t start out being low in calories. They still carry their original flavors for an indulgent dessert, but if you’d prefer a healthier variety, they have new options for you, too.
The three new flavors include Vanilla Cinnamon, Mint Cookie Crunch, and Chocolate Fudge Swirl. They’re sweetened with erythritol, sugar, and monk fruit juice concentrate, and contain just 120 calories per half-cup (one serving) with nine to 10 grams of sugar.
If you’re looking for seriously low calories and creative flavors, Enlightened is the ice cream brand for you. Their packaging even boasts, “The good-for-you ice cream” — and we can see why. According to Shape, Enlightened has “even fewer calories, fewer grams of sugar and fat, and more protein and fiber than other healthy ice cream brands.”
At just 60 to 100 calories per half-cup serving, along with being sweetened with zero-calorie erythritol and corn fiber, you can go ahead and indulge as much as you want. With flavors like Glazed Donut, Cold Brew Coffee, and Bananas Foster, you’ll forget you’re actually eating a healthier dessert.