Ice cream is creamy, dreamy, and definitely something most people stay away from (or at least try to stay away from) during their fitness journeys.
Well, thanks to healthy ice cream brands, you no longer have to stay away from this delectable, sweet treat. Some ice cream brands have been able to lower the calories of their ice cream so much that you can even eat the whole pint without having to feel guilty! So get out a big spoon and dig into a pint from these top 5 healthy ice cream brands!
1. Arctic Zero
Arctic Zero makes over a dozen ice cream flavors–some of them being Cappuccino, Hint of Mint, Toasted Coconut, and Cherry Chocolate Chunk. Want to know the best part about this ice cream? It’s one of those brands mentioned above–you can eat the whole pint without feeling guilty about it! Ranging from 150 calories to 300 calories per pint, you can cool down with a pint for a snack. Or, you can grab a pint and satisfy your ice cream cravings the healthy way for dessert. If you do, you’ll also be consuming delicious ice cream that is low glycemic, lactose free, and gluten-free. It’s also non-GMO, kosher, lacks artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners, and has whey protein.
If you’re looking for something else full of whey protein, you should try using it in any of our 20 Must-Try Protein Shake Recipes!
2. Halo Top
Known as the “healthy ice cream that actually tastes like ice cream”, Halo Top is another brand that carries tons of sweet flavors. Their ice cream is low in calories, low in sugar, and high in protein. A serving of their Vanilla Bean ice cream has 60 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein. A serving of Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Bean ice cream has 250 calories, 16 grams of fat, and only 4 grams of protein. That means you could eat an entire pint of Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream and consume less calories than if you were to eat a single serving of Ben & Jerry’s. And, if you thought things couldn’t get any better, they have both ordinary flavors and exciting ones such as Pancakes & Waffles.
That flavor would really take our Blueberry Oats Pancakes or our Chocolate Chip Workout Pancakes to the next level! Check out the recipes and dollop some delicious, healthy Halo Top ice cream on top for some added protein and flavor!
3. Nada Moo!
This ice cream brand is perfect for all of those dairy-free people who find themselves craving ice cream. Now, you dairy-free people can have your ice cream and stay fit and healthy too! Nada Moo! makes their ice cream with coconut milk instead of dairy milk or cream. They also use nothing but non-GMO, organic ingredients.
A generous scoop of their “Vanilla…AHHHH” flavor would definitely have you saying “AHHHH” on top of our Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Apple Pie.
Enlightened is a company known for “enlightening” your favorite unhealthy snacks by making them healthy. They take out the sugar and fat, and add in protein and fiber. Enlightened creates ice cream pints and ice cream bars galore! They come in all different flavors and would be the perfect dessert to enjoy after our Sweet Potato Crusted Pizza. Healthy pizza AND healthy ice cream? That means cheat day flavors without the actual cheat day! What could be better?
5. Snow Monkey
Although Snow Monkey only comes in two flavors: Cacao and Goji Berry, the two flavors are delicious and packed with nutrients and superfoods! Both are made with hemp-seed protein, giving you 5 grams of protein per each 99-calorie serving. Their ice cream is vegan, paleo, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free–making both flavors perfect for people with all sorts of allergies.
Those of you who are allergic to gluten, check out our Best Gluten-Free Treats for more snacks your mind and body will both love.