I wanted to do a short review on this stuff, as it’s something I’ve been looking for: an alternative to ice cream that’s viable for dieting.
I should elaborate a bit. Like any normal person, I like ice cream. After my flight back to Pittsburgh the other day, I downed a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (it was a cheat day, but goddamn… over 1000 calories in that container alone). Ice cream is delicious, but it’s easily one of the worst foods a human being can put in his or her body.
Like I said, even on cheat days, the caloric impact of this stuff is no joke. There has to be a better way.
Today, on Twitter, I read an article posted by Jason at anymanfitness.com about some ways to keep calories low, and came across Arctic Zero “Ice Cream” which has only 150 calories in an entire pint. After a little back and forth, I decided to head to the store and give it a shot.
First and foremost, it’s not easy to find. Giant Eagle doesn’t carry it, and with no Wal Mart in the area, my only source for the stuff is Whole Foods. I ended up braving the traffic and terrible parking, to grab three pints of it, which are running at $4.99 each.
As of right now I have only tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor.
I opened the lid and dug a spoon in. It’s not great. It’s not bad. It’s different. Obviously, it doesn’t taste as rich and creamy as real ice cream. It’s not unbelievably sweet. The consistency is more on par with italian ice than anything else.
I kept eating. I wanted to see how similar this would be to a true ice cream binge.
Despite my gluttonous intentions, I only made it about halfway through the pint. This is a good thing. Normally, with a pint of actual ice cream, I realize 3/4 of the way through that I’m still not satiated. This isn’t the case with Arctic Zero. It tastes good ENOUGH, but at the halfway point, I was satisfied, and didn’t really feel the insatiable urge to plow through the rest of it. I consumed about 75 calories in this sitting.
Here’s how it stacks up against a pint of Ben and Jerry’s:
Based on these figures alone, Arctic Zero would still be my go-to, even if it tasted far worse than it does. But really, it’s not bad at all. Truthfully, I’m really happy that this stuff exists. It satisfies the ice cream craving, and barely puts a dent in my calories consumed during the day.
Well done, Arctic Zero.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I’m working on two major articles that I haven’t had the time to finish yet. I started them on my trip to Florida, but I’ve been quite busy since I got home. I should have both of them up by this time next week.
Thanks for reading.