The healthy ice cream
category has exploded over the past few years. Flavor-wise, these store-bought pints are getting better and better. You could close your eyes and point to something in the freezer section, and chances are you'd land on Halo Top
or something equally as tasty (all while being low-cal). But with so many options, which one should you choose? We've played guinea pig a few dozen times to declare *the* seven to buy. Grab your spoon!
Ben & Jerry’s Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream ($5):
The new line
contains no artificial sugars or funky ingredients and tastes as indulgent as a standard pint of Ben & Jerry’s (with as many fun swirls and chunks of goodies) but with fewer calories, around 140 calories per 1/2 cup serving. We're partial to P.B. Dough when we want to indulge in taste without blowing our diets.
Halo Top ($4):
The gold-rimmed brand has garnered a cult-like fanbase
. Halo Top’s low-cal, high-protein profile (280 calories and 20 grams of protein per pint) makes it a treasure for the macro-counting, CrossFitting, healthy lifestyle people out there. We're obsessed with stand-by flavors like Birthday Cake and seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Pie. In other words, there's always a reason to hit the freezer section no matter the season.
We'd highly recommend the Pumpkin Cheesecake flavored froyo, particularly because there's a brown sugar graham cracker swirl involved. All varieties are under 150 calories per 1/2 cup serving, with 5 to 6 grams of protein and no erythritol.
It's a brand you grew up with but became health-ified for 2018. The Delights line, including this Cookies and Cream flavor, from Breyers boasts an exceptionally low calorie count (typically under 90 calories per serving) with 20 grams of protein per pint.
Formerly known as ProYo, Swell ice cream packs the most protein per pint — 40 grams! As a bonus, it actually tastes so smooth and creamy all while being 120 calories per serving. Try the Mint Chip.
: While noshing on this ice cream, you may legitimately forget it's a lightened-up version, even though it's low-sugar (6 grams), low-calorie (60-100 calories per serving), and high-protein (5-7 grams per serving). Movie Night (a buttery popcorn-flavored ice cream with caramel and chocolate bits) is a crowd favorite.
Archer Farms ($4):
Target's generic brand of "light" ice cream has a protein and calorie content comparable to Halo Top. Definitely grab the Mini Donut flavor, which is packed with little donut pieces while containing 20 grams of protein and only 350 calories total
Tweet us your favorite protein ice cream @BritandCo!
Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.