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3 Low Carb Ice Creams That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

Ice cream is simply one of the best food inventions ever. It’s so cold, so creamy, so satisfying! Unfortunately, most ice creams are loaded with tons of sugar and fat. Whether you’re going on a calorie cutting or keto diet, you may believe you will never be able to experience the wonders of ice cream ever again.

Don’t lose hope! There’s a few options out there if you want to get your ice cream fix in. Let’s take a look at three low carb ice creams that you can probably buy from your local grocery store.

Halo Top Ice Cream

Halo Top Low Carb Ice Cream

Based out of Los Angles, California, Halo Top has become super popular over the past few years. It’s for good reason too: they offer many different flavors of ice creams that are all far healthier than regular options.

That number you see on the carton? It isn’t calories per serving. It’s calories per pint! Halo Top is also perfect for low carb diets, with less than 10g of carbs per serving.

Nutrition information (varies slightly between flavors)

  • Calories: 75
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Protein: 5g

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Low Cow Lite Ice Cream

Low-Cow-Ice-Cream.jpgLow Cow Ice Cream is a Simple Truth Organic product. Kroger owns the Simple Truth brand, and it can be found in thousands of grocery stores around the united states.

Like Halo Top, Low Cow Lite Ice Cream is available in tons of different flavors – and the whole lineup is a great option for keto dieters. This ice cream manages to maintain amazing flavor while still removing a lot of the junk that will bring your diet to its knees.

 

Nutrition information (varies slightly between flavors)

  • Calories: 65
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 6g

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Breyers Carb Smart

Breyers CarbSmart

Breyers is one of America’s leading brands of ice cream. They didn’t want to miss out on the fun of low carb options, so they introduced the ‘Carb Smart’ line. This ice cream is specifically made for people on low carb diets (it even says on the packaging!).

While there isn’t as much variety here and it’s not as healthy overall, Breyers Carb Smart Ice cream is far cheaper than Halo Top or Low Cow. You can pick up almost half a gallon of this deliciousness for about the same price as a quart of the previous two options.

Nutrition information (varies slightly between flavors)

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 2g

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Find Your Own

There’s bound to be local or specialty brands of low carb ice creams that aren’t listed here. Read the nutrition labels of some ice cream cartons next time you are craving a cold, sweet treat. You might come across an option that works perfect for you! Remember to subtract the Dietary Fiber and Sugar Alcohol from the Total Carbohydrate count, as these do not affect your diet (fiber and alcohol don’t change blood sugar levels).

It’s important to restrain yourself from going overboard with ice cream.

Even these diet-conscious options are bad if you eat too much at a time. Reserve ice cream as a treat to be enjoyed in small quantities at a time.

If you are on a keto diet, that doesn’t mean you have to rob yourself the joys of ice cream! Pick from one of the three above, or find your own, and enjoy with no guilt!

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Three Popular Processed Foods to Stay Away From

We live in the future.

Electric cars drive themselves around on freeways. Products we use and love are pushed out of factories by the millions. An infinite well of information is available to us on the internet, which is growing every day. On the surface, everything can seem quite idealistic. Life is easier than it has ever been – even kings of old didn’t have a tenth of the luxuries most people enjoy today.

However, there is often a dark side to humanity’s continued quest to conquer our future. Turns out, progress and efficiency aren’t always positive things. One area humans have managed to screw things up is food. The food we eat is mass-produced on an unprecedented scale in this modern world, and the drive to produce food as cheaply and quickly as possible has led to some disastrous results.

There are certain manufactured items that are literally pumped full of artificial chemicals and preservatives. In some cases, these additives are precisely and intentionally included to create cravings and addictions (take caffeine in soda, for example). These artificial extras can wreak havoc on your body.

In this article we will take a look at three foods that you should avoid, and why. Unfortunately, all three of these foods have become mainstream commodities.

Processed Cheese

Processed Cheese

 

 

You’ve seen these before.

 

 

They’re an American staple: the single-serve slice of cheese. Perfect for a kid’s lunchbox or melting on top of a hamburger. They taste pretty good too. Dangerously good.

Cheese items such as these are labeled as “processed”, and are only required to have 51% cheese in the ingredients. What is the other 49%? Depending on the manufacturer, it’s a mixture of emulsifiers, acids, artificial coloring, salt, and mold inhibitors. Yikes.

While these additives may help the food last for months and turn a nice yellow color, none of them belong in your body. Do you know what potassium sorbate and sodium tartrate are? Unless you’re an organic chemist, probably not. In that case, maybe you should avoid ingesting them.

Many cheese products these days advertise that they are “Made with real cheese!”.

Instead of seeing this as an incentive to buy, consider it a warning flag. Sure, a little bit of natural ingredients is better than none. You should still take the time to read the nutrition facts and ingredient list to determine if its cheese worth eating.

An item that is 51% cheese barely deserves the title of ‘cheese’. If you’re going to eat cheese, make sure it is the real deal from now on.

White Bread

Processed Bread

Did you know that flour is not naturally white? It makes sense if you think about it. Flour is made from grains, all of which are various shades of brown or tan. How in the world does flour become white, and why is white flour so popular today?

The snowy, powdery substance we all have used at some point in our baking career is called ‘refined flour’. The process of refining flour includes bleaching, fumigation, and adding dozens of different chemicals like polyexy ethylene monostrate. The result? Flour that is stripped of all its nutritional value, just as it has been stripped of all color. Refined flour has less fiber in it, and thus feels less satisfying to eat. This, of course, is very good for the people making it. The more we eat, the richer they get.

Bread is the main way most people consume flour.

White bread made from white flour has become so common that it’s easy to see it as the norm. Whether it’s the bread sticks our favorite restaurant brings out, the crust on our pizza, or the slices on our sandwich, white bread has absolutely taken over.

Don’t let white bread’s everyday presence fool you. Like the inexplicably popular school punk, it’s better off avoided. Opt for whole-grain and whole-wheat choices whenever possible, and your body will thank you.

Chips

Potato Chips

Chips seem to be one of those things that just end up in your shopping cart. You make your way to the registers and suddenly realize you’ve thrown two bags of Doritos in the basket sometime during your journey through the aisles. Oh well, you think. Chips are cheap, and they’re a great snack whether on the go or at home. A few movie nights and hundreds of calories later, the chips are gone – until the next grocery run.

It would be great if snack chips were healthy.

But… they’re not. At all. Chips are completely empty calories, meaning they don’t provide any vitamins/minerals/nutrients to your system. When you choose to eat chips over other healthy tidbits, you are displacing all the benefits your body would have gotten with thin wafers of fat and salt.

Just like processed cheese and white flour, the manufacturing method of chips includes adding tons of chemicals. How does a potato actually go from a brown spud to a potato chip? It’s not a simple action of slicing and frying, which is what many manufacturers want you to believe. In reality, the potato is often turned into a paste and mixed with yeasts, acids, and enzymes before being smeared into thin discs and dumped in a fryer. The process for corn chips can be equally terrifying.

Next time you find a bag of chips in your cart, take it back to the chip aisle or tell the cashier you decided not to get it. There are a few chips you can buy that are more health-focused. Try these out instead if you absolutely can’t resist the satisfying crunch of a chip.

Be Different

Going along with the crowd is regularly a recipe for disaster. Just because foods like these three are so common does not mean you should be eating them. Be mindful about the fuel you put in your body, because it will always affect you for better or for worse.

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