The Scoop on Healthful Ice Cream

Spanning the long stretch of summer, I’m going to feature a different ice cream each month, specifically those healthful, adorable little pints that stack snugly in the freezer section of your grocery store beside the big guys.

June: Halo Top

What’s a girl to do when she craves ice cream, but fresh strawberries just won’t do the trick? Indulge in Halo Top ice Cream. It’s a low cal, low sugar, high protein alternative that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

My oldest daughter, Alexandra, is a fitness enthusiast. Being in the gym on a regular basis may have eliminated unwanted body fat here and there, but it hasn’t eliminated her desire for ice cream. My thirty plus years doing the same hasn’t either. A few months ago, she introduced me to Halo Top. While my Lone Star heart will always prefer Blue Bell ice cream (www.bluebell.com) in terms of richness, quality and quantity (still sold in half gallon containers), Halo Top is a terrific alternative with significantly less fat and sugar. https://www.halotop.com/us-vs-them/ 

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Benefits:

~It’s sweetened with both stevia, an all-natural, plant-based sweetener, and erythritol, a sugar alcohol. Neither of these affect blood glucose levels.

~It’s sold in pints so you can either share with someone or enjoy the entire container yourself.

~The calorie content for the entire pint (4 – ½ cup servings) ranges from only 240 to 360, while the calorie content of most full fat ice creams are around 150 for only a 1/2 cup serving. Some even pack well over 300 calories in the same amount.

 

Disadvantages:

~Stevia and erythritol are non-digestible substances and may cause intestinal bloating, although this is more likely in large quantities and some are more sensitive than others.

~This frozen little gem isn’t cheap. For the thrifty minded one (that’d be me), purchasing Halo Top on a regular basis will be difficult to justify. A pint typically costs around $4.50, so keep an emergency 5 dollar bill around for when the craving hits.

At present, there are 17 different Halo Top flavors to choose from. Given the cost, discovering which you like best will be hard on your wallet. I’d take a few friends along on a Halo Top run, each of you purchase a different flavor, and then enjoy some taste-testing. At a third the cost, you’re sure to find a favorite.

Sea Salt Caramel, Mint Chip, and Peanut Butter Cup are my top picks.

Search their website for fun recipes. https://www.halotop.com/blog/2016/10/7/patriotic-popsicles. For starters, try Patriotic Popsicles using Vanilla Bean Halo Top, fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Ah. The sun’s out. Time to head to the front porch and dip into my Halo Top.

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Mary Albers Felkins, author of inspirational romance, creator of happily ever afters

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