14 Best Brand Name Ice Creams for Weight Loss
By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!
Warm weather is great for two things: ice cream and bathing suits. Ironic, isn’t it?
We all know that the creamy treat is all too easy to overdo, and when you’re in beachwear a belly full of Ben & Jerry’s isn’t the best look. For many, though, ice cream is one of those can’t-live-without foods, which is why we’ve set out to find the best frozen treats to aid your rapid weight loss efforts.
All of them come in at 150 calories or less per serving and have no more than 6 grams of saturated fat or 17 grams of sugar. For some context, most frozen treats average around 25 grams of the sweet stuff!
Whether you’re a fan of chocolate, vanilla, or something a little more involved, we’ve got an option that’s sure to hit the spot. And what’s more, you’d never guess these creamy desserts are low-calorie and diet-friendly! Stock your freezer with a few of these healthy ice creams and the pounds are sure to melt away (pun intended)! While these pints are our top picks, the freezer aisle isn’t entirely waistline-friendly. Don’t forget to steer clear of these 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America to keep your body in beach shape.
EDY’S SLOW CHURNED COFFEE
Per 1/2 cup (56 g): 100 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein
Edy’s Slow Churned line leans more heavily on non-fat milk than cream, which keeps the calories in check. In fact, simply choosing this Edy’s line over their “Classic Coffee” will save you 40 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. We’re big fans of this ice cream’s bold flavor, but be careful—it’s made with real coffee, so it’s not the best choice right before bed. This pint isn’t the only thing you shouldn’t snag before your slumber. Don’t miss these 30 Best and Worst Foods To Eat for Sleep.
BREYERS NATURAL VANILLA
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 130 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein
Made from a combination of milk, cream, sugar, Tara gum (a stabilizer made from tara seeds, a type of legume), and natural flavor, Breyers Natural has earned our allegiance for both its low-calorie concoctions and the simplicity of its ingredient statements.
HALO TOP CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 90 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 5 g sugar alcohols), 5 g protein
For once, the health halo surrounding this ice cream is well-deserved — and not a bad thing. This high protein ice cream by Halo Top may be the lowest calorie, carb, and sugar chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream you'll ever lay your eyes on. Not to mention, it tastes as good as it is for you.
TURKEY HILL LIGHT RECIPE MOOSE TRACKS
Per 1/2 cup (61 g): 140 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 3 g protein
Considering this ice cream is loaded with fudge swirls and flecked with chocolate peanut butter cups, the nutritionals are solid. You’d be hard pressed to find a more decadent dessert with fewer calories. Trust us, we’ve looked!
ARCTIC ZERO BROWNIE BLAST
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 75 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 3 g protein
No, that isn’t a typo. This skinny alternative really has just 75 calories per serving! It isn’t too shocking when you consider that makers of the treat replaced the cream and milk typically found in ice cream with water and whey protein. While staffers who tried this stuff out thought the taste was on point, they did note that the texture was more icy than creamy, but the yummy brownie bits made up for it.
NADAMOO! HIMALAYAN SALTED CARAMEL
Per 1/2 cup (73 g): 120 calories, 7 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 0 g protein
Despite being made from an organic coconut milk base, this dairy-free ice cream by Nadamoo! isn’t overwhelmingly coconutty. And while this serving may have just as much fat as other regular ice cream brands, it does have significantly less sugar!
EDY’S SLOW CHURNED CHOCOLATE
Per 1/2 cup (n/a g): 100 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein
There's no funny business here. Simply made from non-fat milk and cream, Edy's regular chocolate option is one of the best diet ice creams in disguise. Sure it's a bit higher in sugar than we'd like to see, but it's made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, is low in calories, and is free from artificial colors and flavors.
ENLIGHTENED PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 100 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 5 g sugar alcohol), 8 g protein
Enlightened’s line of ice cream keeps the calorie count low by cutting down on sugar. They do add some cane sugar, but most of the sweetness you get comes from erythritol: an Eat This!-approved sugar alcohol. And despite being so low calorie, this pint is certainly packed with powerful protein — a whole 8 grams worth!
BREYERS MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
Per 1/2 cup (67 g): 150 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 2 g protein
The secret to a low-calorie ice cream is simple: Lead off with something lighter than cream. This one uses regular milk first and cream last. This is your best bet if you’re a fan of the minty, sweet flavor since, unlike other popular brands, Breyers doesn’t rely on artificial colors to dye your cream green.
TURKEY HILL ALL NATURAL BLACKBERRY SWIRL
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 150 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 3 g protein
Craving something fruity? Try out Turkey Hill’s All Natural line of ice cream for their Blackberry Swirl flavor. It’s not much more than milk, cream, sugar, and blackberry puree, but we admire Turkey Hill for keeping the sugar count low.
BLUE BUNNY FROZEN YOGURT VANILLA BEAN
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 100 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (2 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 4 g protein
Froyo offers the best of both worlds since it’s cool and creamy like ice cream but lower in calories and higher in protein. Bonus: This cool treat contains as much calcium as a container of yogurt and serves up the same gut-healthy active cultures that can help you slim down. Just don’t use that as an excuse to go back for seconds!
ARCTIC ZERO COOKIE SHAKE
Per 1/2 cup (60 g): 35 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 3 g protein
If you know the 30 Worst Supermarket Cookies in America, you know that we’re not big fans of Oreo cookies here at Eat This, Not That!. That being said, Arctic Zero has come up with a great alternative if you’re trying to cut calories: this Cookie Shake frozen treat. (It’s not really ice cream either since there’s no milk or cream, just whey protein concentrate.) If you want to feel like you’re eating ice cream without the calories and fat, this is a great alternative.
SO DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE VELVET
Per 1/2 cup (81 g): 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein
Made from soymilk in lieu of the traditional cow’s, So Delicious cuts the fat without needing to make up for it with an extra hit of sugar. This rich dessert is a safe bet for those with lactose intolerance or for anyone who's looking to trim down.
HALO TOP LEMON CAKE
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 60 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g sugar alcohols), 5 g protein
See that number on the pint? That’s the number of calories in the entire container — not just a serving. So even if you noshed through the whole thing, it would only set you back 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein — as many calories and as much fat and sugar as an average ½ cup serving. If that isn't enough to reel you in, maybe this extra perk will: all of Halo Top's products are entirely free of gluten and synthetic growth hormones. We love scooping a spoonful of Halo Top Lemon Cake into plain seltzer for a fit-friendly take on a soda float! Fore more tips on how to indulge in your favorite foods while continuing to slim down, don’t miss these 36 Easy Ways To Cut 50+ Calories.
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