If like me, you absolutely love your ice cream as a means to keep cool in the Summer time – it always makes it go down easier when you know it’s a healthier option. For the longest time, I saw online how there were all these ‘protein ice cream’ and ‘lactose free’ ice creams available overseas. It had yet to hit our shores. That was up until earlier this year.
There has since been a flurry of healthier/dietary specific ice-cream alternatives available.
Here are some of my favourites:
Mi Whey Protein Ice-Cream
They boast being the “South Africa’s 1st Protein ice-cream”. This protein ice-cream is locally manufactured. I love that the protein used in this ice-cream is Whey Protein Isolate, the highest quality and cleanest form of protein. It also contains no sugar but is rather made with all natural ingredients and is ‘sweetened’ with Stevia.
Flavours: Chocolate, Strawberry, French Vanilla
Ingredients: water, milk, whey protein isolate, cocoa cream, Xylitol, Stevia, Guar Gum
Chocolate: Cocoa Cream; Strawberry: Strawberry; French Vanilla : French Vanilla
Calories: Chocolate (256cal); Strawberry (220cal); French Vanilla (211cal)
Protein: 30g (230ml)
Stockists: DisChem (JHB, CT & KZN); Selected Spar stores (JHB)
SkinnyScoop Protein Ice Cream
A locally produced protein ice-cream made in the Mother City (Cape Town). Funny enough, they too claim to be “a first of its kind”. (I am not going to get into who wins this ‘first to market’ race). Made with raw whey isolate, with no added sugar, unlike the aforementioned MiWhey ice cream, SkinnyScoop is sweetened with xylitol, which they say keeps blood sugar stable and keeps total carbs to four grams.
Flavours: After Dark Cacao, Vanilla Camilla
Ingredients: Cream, whole milk, xylitol, vanilla powder, whey protein isolate, sodium alginate
Calories: 228 cal (175ml)
Stockists: Wellness Warehouse (CT), Selected Engen Garages (Oranjezict)
Caralishious Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Now for something a little different – Unlike the protein ice creams highlighted above, the focus of this ice-cream alternative is not ‘protein’ but rather just an all natural wholefoods based ice-cream. Named after it’s creator, Cara – Caralishious Coconut Milk Ice-cream claims to be low carb, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, high-in healthy-fats dessert that everyone is talking about! Its core ingredient is coconut milk but unless you are having the toasted coconut or vanilla cinnamon flavors, one would forget that it’s made with coconut milk. The texture is lovely and smooth with just the right amount of creaminess to satisfy that rich ice-cream craving.
Flavours: Vanilla-Cinnamon; Toasted Coconut; Creamy Cacao; Peanut Butter Bliss
Ingredients: Creamy cacao: Coconut milk (50%), coconut cream (50%) coco powder, arrowroot, xylitol (8%) vanilla paste
Peanut Butter Bliss: Coconut milk (50%), coconut cream (50%) peanut paste, crushed raw peanuts, arrowroot, xylitol (8%) vanilla paste
Vanilla-Cinnamon: Coconut milk (50%), coconut cream (50%), arrowroot, xylitol (8%) vanilla paste, cinnamon
Toasted Coconut: Coconut milk (50%), coconut cream (50%), toasted coconut, arrowroot, xylitol (8%) vanilla paste
Calories: Vanilla-Cinnamon (281Cal); Toasted Coconut (291Cal); Creamy Cacao (284 Cal); Peanut Butter Bliss (303Cal)
Stockists: (Only available in Johannesburg for now) Wellness Warehouse (JHB), Organic Emporium, Jacksons Real Food Market, Thrupps, Oaklands Farm Supply, Naked Coffee, Casalottis, Timothy and Clover, Tryone Fruiters, Fresh-Earth
So go try these healthy ice-cream alternatives this Summer and let me know what you think!
Have an extra scoop for me!