A sweet, guilt-free frozen treat

I admit it — I just adore ice cream!  But, I also watch my weight, so it’s a battle. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Arctic Zero, a frozen dessert with only 150 calories a pint. It is actually good for you; its creators call it a frozen protein shake. That is a fair description. 

The makers of Arctic Zero explained the secret of their sweet dessert this way: “We combined monk fruit concentrate with organic cane sugar, which has slightly higher calories, and then added eight grams of fiber to each pint of Arctic Zero. Having been used in Asia for over a thousand years, and coming from one of the sweetest melons in the world, monk fruit concentrate is 150 times sweeter than sugar, and one gram replaces 40 teaspoons of sugar!”
 
They also added eight grams of chicory root to help increase calcium absorption.
 
Each pint has less than 150 calories. It is also fat-free, low on the glycolic index, has high fiber, contains14 grams of whey protein per pint, is suitable for lactose intolerants and those on low-carb diets, and is Kosher and Gluten-free.
 
There quite a few flavours to choose from: Vanilla Maple, Strawberry, Coffee, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Cookie and Cookies and Cream, and seasonal flavours. I also tried Pumpkin Spice.
 
Arctic Zero also makes ice cream bars. They come in four-pack boxes of two vanilla and two chocolate, or two strawberry and two orange cream. They are all chocolate-covered. They taste fine, if icy. They would be good choice for kids. I prefer the creamy ice cream-like dessert.
 
Arctic Zero is unlikely to appeal to anyone who is not seriously watching their weight or otherwise restricted from real ice cream. But for those of us who crave a cold, creamy low-cal, fat-free, gluten- free treat, it is a tasty alternative. I really enjoyed it.
 
It is also a thoughtful treat to have on hand, if you are having over friends who are lactose intolerant or forced to be on low glycemic diet.
 
My favourite flavour is Coffee, and I also like Vanilla Maple. The only flavour I did not like was Pumpkin Spice — and I love pumpkin. I perceived a weird aftertaste.
 
You can find Arctic Zero at many grocery stores, including Whole Foods.
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