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When the weather’s this hot, do you ever wish you could just eat ice cream all day? Well, here’s a secret that might just give you brain freeze: Your grocery store has a number of ice creams with surprisingly healthy nutrition labels that give you permission to indulge as often as you’d like. Some pints have brought their calorie counts down to a pittance, packed on the protein, ditched the excessive sugar, and even hidden veggies in their creamy sweetness. Plus, these health-conscious ice creams actually taste as good as their conventional counterparts. Yes, really.
Sound too good to be true? Scoop up these five healthy ice creams from your grocery store and try them for yourself. You can thank us later.
You’d never guess that Enlightened’s ice creams contain just 70-100 calories per serving and less than half the sugar of mainstream options. The brand churns out dozens of inventive flavor options—all with a distinctive melted marshmallow-like texture—to please any palate. Enlightened’s “Movie Night” pint captures the essence of buttered popcorn in a slightly salty base, swirled with sweet caramel and studded with chocolate bits. Chocolate lovers bliss out with spoonfuls of the fudge brownie flavor, an ultra-decadent blend of milk chocolate ice cream with chewy chunks of brownie and itty-bitty chocolate chips. With rainbow sprinkles in a cake batter ice cream, Enlightened’s birthday cake pints will take your tastebuds straight back to childhood.
Peekaboo ice cream has mastered the art of disguise. It hides vegetables in every flavor, packing pints with vitamins and minerals that you’d never expect to find in a dessert. Cauliflower hides in Peekaboo’s rich, dark chocolate ice cream. Beets bestow the brand’s cotton candy ice cream with a fun tickle-me-pink color (without any of that bitter, earthy flavor). Just a half cup of Peekaboo’s luscious strawberry ice cream gives you 20 percent of your daily vitamin C needs, courtesy of organic carrots. And if you know you need to eat more leafy veggies, just pick up some of Peekaboo’s refreshing mint chocolate chunk, made even greener with the addition of spinach.
My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream
Let’s face it: Eating ice cream straight from the pint can be a dangerous move for people with limited self-control (myself included!). My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream solves for that with portion-controlled balls of RBST-free ice cream bundled in pillowy-soft mochi dough. The chewy, satiny spheres contain around 110 calories each, and just one is enough to satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth. Flavors range from traditional (like green tea, vanilla bean, and cookies & cream) to trendy (think dulce de leche, chocolate sundae, and s’mores). Vegans, get excited: My/Mo also has a line of dairy-free options made from cashew cream.
Chloe’s Frozen Fruit Pops
Sometimes on a summer day, you just want to keep things super simple. Nothing fussy or over-the-top—just fresh, familiar flavors for effortless pleasure. Enter Chloe’s chocolate-dipped frozen fruit pops. Made from fruit, water, and cane sugar, the ice pops are a refreshing change of pace from lavish, topping-heavy treats. The chocolate shell elevates the pops, bringing just the right amount of richness to balance the tangy strawberry or banana base. And if you need an even bigger fix of chocolate, Chloe’s has dark-chocolate dipped chocolate pops with crunchy quinoa crisps that hit all the right notes. The best part? Each pop has just 120 calories.
So Delicious Mousse
Pick up a pint of So Delicious frozen mousse, and you might wonder if half the dessert is missing. Don’t worry—while extremely lightweight, it’s packed full of the fluffiest, creamiest ice cream-like mousse you could ever imagine. At just 330 calories or less per pint, you can eat as much as you’d like. The silky mouthfeel and punch of flavor in each dairy-free bite might leave you perfectly sated after just a few airy spoonfuls, though. So Delicious offers seven different flavors of its vegan frozen mousse. Choose from peanut butter, chocolate chip, or caramel swirl if you’re looking for something rich. Otherwise, try one of the fruity flavors, like mango, cranberry-cherry, strawberry, or lemon. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
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