The Scoop on Healthful Ice Cream (Part 2 of 3)

As the sun stretches high on the horizon, luring you outside, you may hesitate because, well, maybe you’re still trying to shave off a few pounds. But choosing a slimming, frozen dessert might help you reach your nutrition and fitness goal.

At least, it’s a good start. A sweet one.

This month, I’m taking a look at another frozen product, Arctic Zero.

According to their website, it’s the pioneer of Fit Frozen Desserts. And I quote…

You know that feeling you get when you have to choose between indulging your sweet tooth and maintaining your healthy lifestyle? We dislike that. A lot. That’s why we created ARCTIC ZERO.”

            The founder’s mother was a Type I Diabetic, but the family loved ice cream. So he set out to create a frozen dessert that would maintain a reasonable blood sugar level without artificial sweeteners and without sacrificing taste. Arctic Zero was the fruit of his labor.

Because this frozen treat is fat-free, it can’t be classified as ice cream since, by law, it’d have to contain at least 10% milk fat and 20% milk solids. It doesn’t. Not even close.

Arctic Zero offers the following benefits:

Low glycemic (contributes to a gradual rise in blood sugar, sweetened with low cal monk fruit, a small, subtropical melon harvested in Asia)

Gluten free

No GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms; an organism or microorganism whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering)

Lactose free (lactose is a naturally occurring milk sugar which 65% of the world’s population has a reduced ability to digest)

Seems a girl would need a degree in biochem to make sense of all that when all she really wants to know is, “Is it good for me?” and “Does it taste good?”

The answer to those questions are, “Yes” and “You decide.”


So, What’s Your Preference?

Arctic Zero is offered in several chunky and creamy flavors, as well as chocolate liquor-dipped bars. Have fun looking around here:

If chunky is your jam, I suggest Cherry Chocolate Chunk or Rocky Road Trip. If you go for smooth textured desserts, try Salted Caramel, Poppin’ Pomegranate, or Hint of Mint.

At the end of the day (or summer, I suppose), you’ll have to decide if the nutritional value, combined with degree of flavor satisfaction, was worth nearly $5/pint. But that’s true of anything.

To enhance the uniqueness of this frozen confection, I prefer mix-ins.

~Chopped, fresh fruit (Hello, strawberry and blueberry season!)

~A good little handful of either M&Ms, chocolate chips or sugar-free gummies

~Raisins and chopped nuts

~Crushed pretzels*

*Though I’m not gluten-intolerant, I’m in love with gluten-free pretzels (usually found in a designated section in grocery store).

You can order Arctic Zero on-line or find it at local Target and Wal-Mart stores. Just know, if, by Divine appointment, we should happen upon one another in the freezer section, make your choice quickly. Because when the need to indulge strikes, I may not be so patient.


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