It has been a long time since I have actually posted which I apologize about! I will be updating more soon, but today I have a long overdue review that I wanted to share with everyone! What might that product be?!
Arctic Zero is among many other companies that produce “healthified” desserts. These products allow consumers to not only enjoy a sweet treat, but to do so without guilt or without compromising their health! Arctic Zero frozen desserts are sold in pints and are very low in calories! The entire pint only contains 150 calories, which honestly is unheard of! In addition, these desserts are all natural,
gluten free, lactose free, kosher, low in sugar, fat free, low carb and made with high quality whey protein concentrate!
•Arctic Zero, unlike other “healthy” desserts is sweetened with a proprietary blend of monk fruit concentrate and organic cane sugar.
There are no artificial sweetners used in these products or any type of sugar alcohols. Monk fruit is a melon which is super sweet and new on the market as Splenda has recently come out with a new sweetner using this fruit! Actually, monk fruit concentrate is 150 timessweeter than sugar and one gram will replace 40 teaspoons of sugar (source http://www.myarcticzero.com/faq.php).
As a Registered Dietitian working in a clinical setting at a hospital,I am always looking for new products to recommend to my patients.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases today and a large majority of my patients have already been diagnosed with Type 2
Diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Also, many of my patients are overweight or obese. Therefore, I was very interested when I heard about this product! Many times “healthy” desserts do not taste as good or sometimes have even more hidden added sugar. This is not the case with Arctic Zero!
My conclusion after taste testing the flavors sent to me by this wonderful company is that these products are a great
alternative to ice cream. This product is great for those who are diabetic or looking to lose weight or may have an intolerance to gluten, lactose etc. Some of the flavors I felt were better than others; in addition, this consistency and taste is not as rich as true ice cream which is to be expected. This product is better when you let it sitout on the counter for a few minutes prior to consumption; as it softens, the texture becomes creamier like ice cream!!
Read below for my individual opinions of each flavor I sampled!
*I came in contact with a representive from Arctic Zero who agreed to have me review and write a blog review! I did receive the artic zero samples free of charge; however my opinions are my own!
I am starting with this flavor because it was my FAVORITE! It was seriously sooo delicious. It tasted similar to a whipped topping, not too much of a maple flavor but that wasn’t a bad thing. This baby did not last long and tasted GREAT when I topped my white choc chip pumpkin bread with it! Once again as I mentioned above, this dessert does get creamier as it gets warmer- so I would top my whipped cottage cheese desserts with this and it would begin to melt and was heavenly! You would never know this is healthy, low fat and so low in calories. I totally recommend this flavor and will be ordering more of it myself ASAP! I give this flavor an A++++!!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter
I really enjoyed this flavor as well. As it melted, it had a very similar flavor to a typical chocolate ice cream. I love chocolate, but have never been a huge chocoalte ice cream fan. This was very good and I enjoyed snacking on this at night. I really did not taste the peanut butter flavor shine through which would have been nice to taste, but overall I would give this flavor an A-!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie
This flavor was one of the flavors initially I was more excited to try! Honestly, I was disappointed when I tasted it. To me, it had more of a fake cookie/dessert flavor. So my grade for this flavor would be a C. However, my good friend visited me last weekend and tried several flavors as well. She LOVED this flavor and could not stop eating it! So really it goes to show you, everyone is different! I usually do really enjoy mint and chocolate together, but for some reason this one just didn’t do it this time for me!
I was suprised how much like coffee ice cream this flavor tasted like! There was no fake after taste or bitter taste! I don’t typically consume coffee ice cream, but this reminded me of a frappuccino you get from starbucks! So Definitely a win in my book! A is the grade coffee receives. Can’t ever go wrong with coffee!!
I really enjoyed this flavor as well! I liked to top my healthy cheese cake desserts with this strawberry flavor to make it strawberry cheesecake! It had a different strawberry flavor, like an italian ice dessert or popsicle. This flavor also seemed to get the least creamy as it melted. However, I still really enjoyed the flavor and its gone! A is the grade I give strawberry!
I usually am obsessed with ALL things PUMPKIN! Sadly, this was not a winner in my book. This was the first carton I opened and it had a really artificial, super sweet flavor. I will say, the more I tried to taste it, the better it got. However, I really don’t think I will be able to finish this carton. I must shockingly give pumpkin spice a C!
Once again, another great chocolate flavor, very similar to a true chocolate ice cream when allowed to set outside of freezer for a few minutes. This one actually tasted pretty comparable to the peanut butter chocolate flavor. Therefore, I give this flavor an A- as well! I was excited to have extra chocolate goodness to enjoy!
Overall, I totally loved these desserts. I thought they were great in the fact they are light and taste good! Great way to indulge without overdoing it in the calorie department. Also, I felt that there really would be no way I could eat the whole pint, even if it was only 150 calories. With other regular ice creams I always seem to think I could down the pint; these desserts seem very satisfying in the way that I didn’t feel the need to go overboard, so that is totally a plus.
I would say that I feel that full-fat ice cream, candy, desserts, etc all have a place in our diet. I LOVE chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, pumpkin pie, cheesecake and so on. It is unrealistic and not right to deprive ourselves from these foods. However, I feel that we do not necessarily need to consume these on a daily basis or at every meal. That is why I feel this dessert is great to incorporate into your diet and really you can still be treating yourself with a healthy dessert!
This product 100% has my stamp of Approval as a Registered Dietitian. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to control their intake, lose wt, has diabetes, is lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive, or simply someone looking for ways to enjoy a healthy treat! Take advantage of this product if you have it available at local stores. Sadly, I will have to order my future pints online, but it is worth it! Especially the vanilla maple!!:)
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