Cooking, Recipes

The Art of Low Fat Ice Cream

If you know me, you know I’ve been trying to lose some weight. I’ve recruited the App Noom to help, and I will create a post on that later. That being said, I have been experimenting with different kinds of ice cream/frozen yogurt because it’s summer and let’s be real… it’s hot out there (until today when I am publish this.. go figure.)

Let’s discuss the contenders:

Note: The Star rating is 5 stars being actual local ice cream — where I can actually pet the cows. Yes, I require ice cream to be that magical.

Friendly’s Frozen Yogurt (Chocolate and Vanilla)

Friendly's Ice Cream

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Calories per serving: 110 cal per 1/2 cup.

I have no complaints about this. It scoops out of the container after sitting on the counter for a few minutes. This ice cream has a pretty smooth texture that I would expect from Friendly’s. It’s pretty often on sale. There are probiotics to boot. Although it has a few more calories than the others, that’s ok ’cause it has probiotics and those are healthy right?

This is my definitive go-to at this point for a lower calorie option of ice cream. However, some of the others below might be better for you, depending on what you are going for.

Sweet Habit (It has a Penguin on it, I had to buy it. Don’t judge me.) PB & Fudge


Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

Calories per serving: 80 cal per 1/2 cup.

So, this ice cream isn’t cheap. The additional amount of money you need to spend at Home Depot also adds a lot. You will need to purchase an ice pick or jackhammer to actually get the ice cream out of the container. Now, they have even lower calorie ones, however, they package them in a 2 pint/1quart container.  Since I couldn’t get it out of the container I was guesstimating on the portion side to get 8 portions out of the container. This method resulted in me probably eating more some days and others less. The taste is solid here, I get all the chocolate and peanut butter I’m looking for, however, it falls kind of flat as it feels like it’s mostly vanilla.

If you really need to cut back calories, this is a great way to get your fix in.. cause you get an additional workout just getting it out of the container.

Enlightened Ice Cream Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip


Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Calories per serving: 100 cal per 1/2 cup.

Here is your middle of the road choice. This one actually tastes pretty good and there is no jackhammer required. It has the crunches from actual chocolate chips (dark chocolate) which can be super satisfying if you are cutting out calories. Pro Tip: Drop 15 chocolate chips on your 1/2 cup of Friendly’s Frozen yogurt and it is ama-zing. Seriously. Back to Enlightened, this one is a great choice if the super low calories aren’t for you since the smooth creamy texture which is coming from slightly more sugar helps this one out tremendously. Do I feel like Buddha after eating it? No.. but it’s still pretty good.

The one next on my docket is Halo Top. However, all the reviews say it’s kind of watery and it’s obviously to mainstream for me (ha!).

So clearly, this ice cream was saving my life so I could keep up with diet and exercise.  In fact there was one day the dog was eyeing my ice cream and during the throws of starvation with my diet, I came out with “Leave me alone, dog, this is all I have.” If that tells you anything about how much I was relying on this stuff.

The boyfriend has been pretty intrigued by this tour of ice cream and being a former ice cream/cheesemaker himself insists we can make a Stevia based ice cream to lower the sugar. I’ll keep you guys updated if I decide to cave for a Kitchen Aid Mixer ice cream attachment.

Any low cal ice cream suggestions? Feel free to toss them my way.

Thank you for contacting support! ❤


3 thoughts on “The Art of Low Fat Ice Cream”

  1. Yasso pops! Not ice cream, but a satisfying second. Plus, they’re high in protein, which makes them seem almost like health food. Mike used to scoff at them because they’re made of frozen yogurt, but since he tried the first one, we’ve had trouble keeping them in the house!

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