Guilt-free “almost” ice cream

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Arctic Zero is a frozen dessert with only 300 calories a pint. It is actually good for you; its creators call it a frozen protein shake. That is a fair description but I would add it is a really tasty delicious frozen protein shake. I love ice cream and I watch my weight so I think it is a great option. I really like the new Buttery Pecan flavour and can’t wait to try Salted Carmel but there are 15 flavours to choose.

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.


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 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.


You can find it at Publix, Kroger, and Wholefoods, and many other grocery stores.




Chef’s “ultimate” burger is still low-fat

Ultimate low-fat burgerSummer is not only for BBQs and outdoor entertaining, it is also the perfect season for the “ultimate” burger.  

Chef Kyle Reynolds suggests a tasty, low-fat healthful burger, or as he calls it, his “ultimate burger.”

Here’s what the instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta has to say:

Chef Kyle Reynolds“Everyone loves a delicious burger, but dreads the calories and health concerns that come along with it.  The ultimate burger delivers flavor, is packed with nutrients, and is lower in fat and calories.  Georgia is blessed with a bounty of wonderful, healthful products that bring incredible taste and surprising nutritional value.  White Oak Pastures ground beef is only 2.6 percent fat; almost half the amount of fat found in the leanest corn-fed ground beef found in most supermarkets.  Take a dive and try the ultimate burger and leave your diet concerns behind.”

Servings: 4
12 ounces White Oak Pastures grass-fed ground beef (2.6% fat)
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 ounces Sweet Grass Dairy – Green Hill cheese
4 hamburger buns
2 ounces fat-free mayonnaise
2 ounces wholegrain mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon peel, finely grated
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, finely chopped, fresh
1 large tomato, thinly-sliced crosswise
2 ounces lettuce
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced and sautéed
2 ounces Vidalia onion marmalade
4 slices Patak bacon, baked crisp and drained
Portion the ground beef into four equal-sized patties, season to taste, and grill to the desired doneness. While the patties are cooking, slice the cheese and place on top the patties to warm slightly.  Toast the inside of the buns on the grill.  Spread a tablespoon of mustard on the inside of the top bun and sprinkle with minced garlic, lemon peel, and parsley. Spread a tablespoon of the mustard on the inside of the top bun, place a patty on top, and stack the remaining ingredients.  Top with the other half of the bun and serve immediately.