I have been on the hunt for a good frozen dessert (ice cream alternative) for months. The goal was to find one that tastes delicious and doesn't make me feel guilty when I need a pint of ice cream. Yes I said a pint, really who eats just 1/2 a cup ;) I also needed it to be lactose and gluten free and without a lot of fillers that don't agree with me. Ok so the landscape looked bleak. I tried every frozen dessert in every grocery store in my area. I even shelled out $8 a pint for some online only brands. At that price I figured they had to be good. But sadly no. Then I came across Arctic Zero. It met my gluten and lactose concerns. It has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. And most importantly, it is delicious.
It also comes in two versions. One set of flavors (creamy pints) are 35 calories per serving (1/2 cup) or as I like to think of it 150 calories a pint. Yes you read that correctly. The other set (chunky pints) are 75 calories (1/2 cup), 300 calories for a whole pint, still very manageable. The ice cream connoisseurs will probably prefer the chunky pints. So it tasted good and was low in calories there had to be a catch. I read all the information on it. It is sweetened with monk fruit which is great and has no weird after taste. See below for additional information regarding monk fruit. It also has a reasonable amount of fiber and protein. And most importantly, the texture was creamy. Ok maybe not Haagen Dazs creamy but far superior to the icy and bland frozen desserts I had been eating. Now I am not suggesting a diet full of Arctic Zero but in moderation it's a great tasty option!! Check out all the flavors and nutrition, then get to your grocery and get some. Let me know what you like best. I suggest buying a few flavors to find your favorite. Right now I am hooked on Banana Pudding and Cake Batter. Still have a couple more flavors to try… I think I am up to the challenge.
Creamy Pints Flavors:
What is it? Alternately marketed as “lo han sweetener”, monk fruit has an extract 300 times sweeter than sugar. Besides its medicinal purposes, China has long used monk fruit as a sweetener.
What are its health benefits? In China, monk fruit sweetener has been used for nearly a thousand years to treat obesity and diabetes. Rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits, one study indicated that monk fruit may offer anti-cancer and anti-diabetic benefits.
Is it safe? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies monk fruit as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and there have been no reports of negative side effects.
How to buy monk fruit: Splenda has marketed their version of monk fruit sweetener as Nectresse. Although they claim it has “zero calories,” they have added erythritol (good) but also sugar and molasses (not so good) to this monk fruit powder. Look instead for pure lo han sweetener with no additives.
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