13 Best Brand Name Ice Creams for Weight Loss
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 healthy ice cream brands to aid your 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 worst frozen foods in America to keep your body in beach shape.
Edy's Slow Churned Coffee
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 healthy 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 best and worst foods to eat for sleep.
Breyers Natural Vanilla
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 Vanilla has earned our allegiance for both its low-calorie concoctions and the simplicity of its ingredient statements.
Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
For once, the health halo surrounding this healthy 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
Considering this healthy 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 Vanilla Bean
No, that isn't a typo. This skinny alternative really has just 70 calories per serving! It isn't too shocking when you consider that makers of the healthy treat replaced the cream and milk typically found in ice cream with skim milk and whey protein. You'll find a scoop of this vanilla bean dessert just as decadent as the real stuff.
NADAMOO! HIMALAYAN SALTED CARAMEL
Despite being made from an organic coconut milk base, this dairy-free healthy 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
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 this healthy ice cream is 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
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
The secret to low-calorie ice cream is simple: Lead off with something lighter than cream. This one uses regular milk first and cream second. 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 dessert green.
Turkey Hill All Natural Blackberry Swirl
Craving something fruity? Try out Turkey Hill's All Natural line of ice cream for its 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
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 because it's a healthy ice cream, doesn't mean you should spoon in seconds!
So Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Velvet
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
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, this healthy ice cream would only set you back 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, 24 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! For tips on how to indulge in your favorite foods while continuing to slim down, don't miss these easy ways to cut 50+ calories.
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