If you have given up sweets and sugary desserts, then I applaud your willpower. I can’t give up the amazing taste of frozen chocolate and vanilla in my mouth. Thankfully, there are plenty of low carb ice cream options to make it so much easier to get through my ice cream-craving days.
Here are some of the low carb ice cream brands available at a grocery store.
A Few of My Favorite Low Carb Ice Cream Brands
1. Breyer’s “CarbSmart”
This series is a low-carb dieter’s dream come true, especially if you are struggling with a sweet tooth that threatens to wreck your resolve and ruin your diet. I have been there enough times to know.
- Vanilla: 4 grams of net carbs per serving
- Chocolate: 4 grams of net carbs per serving
- Vanilla Ice Cream Bar: 5 grams of net carbs per serving
- Vanilla and Almond Ice Cream Bar: 5 grams of net carbs per serving
- Fudge Bar: 3 grams of net carbs per serving (almost unbelievable, but true!)
Serving size is ½ cup ice cream or 1 bar. Add crushed home made chocolate cookies(our recipe works great!) on the top and serve your guests to show your culinary skills.
2. Blue Bunny “Sweet Freedom” Series
Slightly higher on the carb count, Blue Bunny ice cream has a lot many flavor options.
- Vanilla: 10 grams of net carb
- Chocolate: 10 grams of net carb
- Mint Chocolate Chip: 10 grams of net carb
- Butter Pecan: 10 grams of net carb
These are only a few of the many flavors.
3. Edy’s Ice Cream
The no-sugar added series of flavors average out at about 13 grams of net carbs per ½ cup serving. Edy’s has its a huge fan following who swear it is one of the tastier brands of low-sugar ice cream, unlike some of the more ‘chemical’ tasting cousins. The no-sugar flavors are:
- Mint chocolate chip
- Triple Chocolate
- Butter Pecan
- Vanilla Bean
This is marketed as the ‘good-for-you’ ice cream. They have a range of low calorie ice cream bars that average about 5-9 grams of net carbs per serving. Enlightened boasts 70 calories per bar with only 2 grams of fat. If this keeps me away from chocolate and the tub of Dutch chocolate Blue Bell in the freezer, I’ll eat it! Flavors are:
- Orange Cream
5. Weight Watchers’ Ice Cream
Not a weight watcher’s member? Not a problem. You can still enjoy their popular frozen treats. The net carb values vary widely and I would suggest reading labels carefully when you choose.
Their Dark Chocolate Raspberry ice cream bars have 12 grams of net carbs. This was the lowest carb count I could find. However, if your diet allows you a little more, or if you are in the mood to splurge, go ahead and try their other flavors!
6. Turkey Hill CarbIQ Ice Cream
The no-sugar added ice cream series from Pennsylvania based Turkey Hill average at about 13 net carbs per ½ cup serving. Their Dutch chocolate in this series is additionally fat free and gluten free, packing 70 calories per ½ cup serving. Kroger owns Turkey Hill and not surprisingly their ice cream is available at Kroger stores.
- Dutch Chocolate
- Cherry Fudge Ripple
- Moose Tracks
- Vanilla Bean
- Cool White Mint
There will be the naysayers with their warnings about sugar alcohols and the pitfalls of apparent low carb sweet treats. Truth is, when I want ice cream and I want nothing else, I will eat ice cream. If I have to choose between net carbs of 24 and 9, I will choose the lesser number (obviously!). Because it will still be less number of net carbs consumed and will not cause a spike and dip in my insulin metabolism which real sugar will do.
If you liked these ice cream options, you should try packing your entire freezer with healthier options. Take a look at some of our healthy frozen meal ideas!