Nice cream is just that—a “nice” replacement for creamy, rich ice cream … but so obviously not the real thing.
At least that’s what I think, as a connoisseur of frozen delicacies. Despite all of my healthy habits—and nutrition knowledge—dessert is the one offense I just can’t quit. And ice cream? Since my childhood, I’ve considered it its own food group. I come by my obsession honestly: Every Friday night my mom, my sister, and I would all split a quart of Moosetracks (vanilla base swirled with fudge and mini peanut butter cups, natch) and watch an assortment of Blockbuster movie rentals. Ah, good times.
Since then, there’s been a pint of something frozen and delicious in my freezer at all times. And I’m talking the real thing—not that weird diet food stuff that you’ll find next to the low-fat frozen yogurt Haagen Daas. I’ve tried all those cartons out (hate to admit it, but it’s true) and I’ve always found something wrong with those ice cream knockoffs: They contain way too many fake ingredients, the consistency is weird, or they just don’t taste good.
To this day, I’m never not in the mood for ice cream/froyo/soft serve. Truly, I could eat a bowl of rich, sweet ice cream made from real ingredients for every meal. That being said, it’s not exactly socially acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast (unless you’re going through a terrible breakup or have just finished a 30-day cleanse—then by all means, dig in), nor is it great for you. Admittedly, there’s a lot of sugar in most of what you’ll find in the freezer aisle.
But my friends, I’ve found it. An ice cream that’s so healthy, a scoop of it could almost replace protein powder in your morning smoothie. Enlightened ice cream is high in protein and fiber and low in sugar—and it’s got about 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving, if you’re into that sort of thing. At first, I was skeptical; there was no way that this dessert, which scoops and tastes exactly like ice cream, had such a great nutrition panel without the help of some questionable additives. But the main ingredients in Enlightened’s flavors are skim milk, milk protein isolate, erythritol, non-GMO soluble corn fiber, and cream. The company even makes sure that all dairy products used are hormone-free and organic—impressive, right?
I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating an entire pint of this stuff for breakfast, but with six grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and just five grams of sugar in a serving, it’s probably healthier than eating a bowl of sugary cereal! That being said, any of Enlightened’s seven new flavors would make an excellent choice for your next sweet craving. Not an ice cream girl, but love a good dessert? Check out our favorite sweet recipes here!