healthy ice cream alternatives
It’s summer, and we all know during summer, the craving for ice cream is REAL. A good vanilla on a hot day sounds amazing, but might not make you feel so amazing after! But babe, you deserve a sweet treat after the hard work you put in using the LSF App and keeping your nutrition on point with some of the LSF meal plans. We’re all for treating yo’self but finding healthy ice cream alternatives to your usual indulgences is KEY.
No worries, girl, because we did the work for you! Ryan and I taste-tested 12 healthy ice cream alternatives so you could go straight for the good stuff! No wandering the aisles at the grocery store, looking up different ice creams, or wondering if they’re actually healthy. No guessing. We are giving you alllllll the deets with our healthy ice cream review! And trust us, we found some winners!
We not only checked these healthy ice cream alternatives for taste (because, obvi, that’s the most important part), but we also analyzed their texture and nutrients. Turns out, there are actually some pretty great guilt-free (n)ice creams out there! And we compared them to Ben & Jerry’s so you know we’re really trying to get close to the good stuff. Check out the new Youtube video on the Love Sweat Fitness Youtube channel and make sure to comment and let us know what we should taste test next!
ICE CREAM STATS:
Rebel — Vanilla
How cute is Rebel’s packaging? I love their streamlined look, and they use natural vanilla, which is so great. Plus, they sweeten with monkfruit, so it’s one of the best no-sugar healthy ice cream alternatives. It’s a little different from traditional ice cream because it’s so fluffy. We said it’s a little like frozen Cool Whip, and overall thought it was pretty good.
- Calories: 130 cal
- Fat: 13g
- Pro: 2g
- Sugar: none
Coolhaus — Vanilla (our 3rd place winner)
Shoutout to Coolhaus for being a woman-owned business! Their base is organic milk and this stuff is smooooooth. Seriously, we loved it. Ryan actually said he liked it better than Ben & Jerry’s, so we had to put it on the podium for our fave healthy ice cream alternatives! But there’s quite a bit of sugar in this bad boy, so keep an eye on your serving size.
- Calories: 210 per serving
- Fat: 8g
- Pro: 4g
- Sugar: 5g added sugar, 29g total sugar
So Delicious — Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean
Um, we’ll be honest. We weren’t super impressed. But if you like a tart ice cream, maybe give it a try. The low sugar is definitely a pro.
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 12g
- Pro: <1g
- Sugar: 2g
Oatly — Vanilla (our 2nd place winner)
Vegan, gluten-free, solid ingredients — this one ticks a lot of boxes. It’s got a nice texture and a smooth taste. It’s not overly vanilla-y and it’s got quite a bit of added sugar. But as far as a non-dairy option for healthy ice cream alternatives goes, this was our fave!
- Calories: 220cal
- Fat: 13g
- Pro: 1g
- Sugar: 19g added sugar
Halo Top — Vanilla (our 1st place winner)
Okay, we were not wowed when we first opened this. We thought it was going to be icy and weird, but it’s actually super good and creamy with lots of vanilla flavor! Halo Top hits a bunch of benchmarks, too, since it’s low-cal, low-fat, and low-sugar with a decent amount of protein. We were super impressed with the Halo Top and we said it even got pretty close to Ben & Jerry’s. That’s why we picked it as our top choice for healthy ice cream alternatives!
- Calories: 100 calories per serving
- Fat: 2g
- Pro: 6g
- Sugar: 7g, 3g added
So Delicious — Cashew Milk Vanilla
This one is waaaaay better than the coconut milk So Delicious option. It’s pretty sugary and it honestly tastes like a cookie. But we’d say there are better healthy ice cream alternatives out there.
- Calories: 190
- Fat: 9g
- Pro: 2g
- Sugar: 19g added
So Delicious — Oat Milk Creamy Vanilla Bean
Meh. We didn’t love the aftertaste on this one, either. When we compared this one to Oatly’s Vanilla flavor, this had a little less sugar but the taste just wasn’t as good.
- Calories: 190cal
- Fat: 10g
- Pro: 1g
- Sugar: 17g added sugar
Coconut Bliss — Madagascar Vanilla
WAY better than the So Delicious coconut and with just four ingredients, this one was a winner, for sure! It def tastes a lot like coconut. It was nice and creamy, too. It’s got quite a few grams of added sugar, but it was a tasty treat.
- Calories: 270
- Fat: 21g
- Pro: 2g
- Sugar: 16g total, 13g added
Laloo’s — Goat Milk Vanilla
Where you at, hypo girls? Goat milk is a super great option for you! But I gotta be honest, this one wasn’t our fave. We thought it tasted kinda like eggs, tbh. I’d keep an eye out for other goal milk options. Hopefully, with the rise of alternative milk options, we’ll have more choices soon!
- Calories: 140cal
- Fat: 6g
- Pro: 5g
- Sugar: 14g
Arctic Zero — Cookie Dough Chunk
Honestly, we couldn’t get past the texture on this one. It’s super icy and feels kinda gelatinous. Yeah, it doesn’t have a lot of sugar, but it’s probably not even worth it. If you’re gonna splurge on ice cream, it’s gotta be delicious.
- Calories: 80 cal
- Fat: 1.5 g
- Pro: 1g
- Sugar: 9g
Enlightened — Chocolate PB
Ryan was HYPED for this one because of the flavor. And can you blame him? With lots of peanut butter in there, this one hits the spot. But the chocolate flavor definitely tastes sugar-free, which I don’t love. They sweeten this stuff with sugar alcohols, which can give you some digestive issues, so keep an eye out.
- Calories: 100
- Fat: 4.5g
- Pro: 7g
- Sugar: 4g sugar, 6g sugar alcohol