We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Where do these ‘nice creams’ rank in our taste test? The AFM Staff reviews healthier ice cream options to keep you fit and cool all summer long.
Photography by Weston Carls
Some may say that non-dairy ice cream is a sacrilege, but those people probably haven’t tasted NadaMoo. Not only is it made with coconut milk instead of dairy milk, it’s also a certified organic and vegan product. Most flavors are well-balanced, and the sweetness is achieved through the use of agave nectar. This locally-made ice cream will win you over—regardless of whether you have a lactose sensitivity or not.
“The cookies & crème flavor was my favorite. I’m so surprised that it isn’t made with milk or cream.”
“The mint chip ice cream was clean, minty, and just sweet enough.”
“Soft texture, but with lots of chunks!”
Touted as ‘the good-for-you ice cream,’ Enlightened is pretty tasty—especially for a product that has relatively more protein and less sugar. There are over 20 different flavors to choose from, you may have to eat quite a few pints before settling on a favorite. Traditional ice cream uses milk and cream as the main ingredients, while Enlightened sticks to skim milk to cut calories and fat.
“Enlightened has authentic tasting ice cream, but some flavors are better than others. The cold-brew wasn’t bad, but I thought it tasted more like coffee and cream.”
“I usually think anything with cherries can be hit-or-miss, but the black cherry chocolate chip was really rich and flavorful. It had the perfect amount of cherry and chocolate chunks.”
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss
Of all the healthy ice creams we tried, this brand was by far the cleanest. Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss has 210 calories per serving (from the coconut milk and cream), but contains the fewest ingredients—all of which are recognizable and easy to pronounce. It’s noticeably different from traditional ice cream as far as taste goes, but you likely won’t experience any guilt or bloat after eating it.
“The texture is decent but the vanilla flavor tastes very artificial.”
“Somewhat sweet but has a weird aftertaste.”
Most of Halo Top’s pints boast about 60 calories per serving, compared to the typical 200-plus calories in most big-name brands. Halo Top is made with cane sugar but cuts down the sugar count by using stevia and erythritol as sweeteners. Still, this brand has plenty of decadent flavors to choose from and is completely void of any artificial taste. Although it has fewer carbs and fat, and more protein, the first ingredient is milk and cream. So, if you’re looking for a non-dairy treat, skip the Halo Top.
“The sea salt caramel ice cream was creamy and had a strong flavor.”
“Halo Top’s flavors are spot-on. The PB cup reminded me of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”
It’s hard to believe that an ice cream alternative can be made from mostly water, but Arctic Zero has done it. Their fit frozen desserts are lactose-free, GMO-free, and kosher, to top it off. At only 75 calories per serving, you can feel a little bit better about reaching for a pint when a craving strikes.
“The snickerdoodle ice cream was bland. Their marketing is enticing, but taste is disappointing.”
“The first ingredient is water, so it should come to no surprise that this tastes watery. The only flavor comes from the cookie chunks mixed throughout.”