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23 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Eat Enlightened Low Calorie Ice Cream

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve seen Enlightened Ice cream pop up on the freezer shelves…always curious. Could it taste good? Surely 80-100 calories seems absurd for a serving of ice cream that has flavor… Well…much to my pleasant surprise.

Enlightened has a wide variety of low calorie ice cream that has a decent amount of protein per serving and relatively low in sugar per serving. It is sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and made with rBST free milk. For example, the Sea Salt Caramel has 80 calories a serving, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein This is an absolute dream for ice cream lovers…because who can really eat JUST half a cup!?!?

NOW–> for these ice creams, you have to let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so. They are low in sugar, and sugar is often what keeps the ice cream soft from the freezer. So let it thaw a bit, then enjoy!

So naturally, I tried the PB CHIP first. Because…I am the peanut butter fiend 🙂

It was UNREAL. Creamy and sweet, with PLENTY of little chocolate chips that were sweet/semi sweet in flavor. Had a vanilla-peanut butter flavor, but honestly couldn’t get over the fact it was low in sugar and how creamy it was.  I finished this pint in 2 days. An easy 5 star.

Next up, Brownies and Cookie Dough. This was a chocolate based ice cream with pieces of brownie and cookie dough bites scattered throughout. The ice cream itself was creamy, with a milk chocolate flavor. Sweet but not “sugary” sweet where it hurts your teeth. The cookie dough pieces were spot on- tasted as if it was straight from the bowl of homemade cookie dough, with the soft consistency you expect. The brownie bites were chewy, sweet and fudgy and just went perfectly with the ice cream. The best part is…there was plenty  of brownie and cookie dough bites in the ice cream. No scrimping here.

Honestly–> another 5 star from me.

Last up, Sea Salt Caramel. I was already excited to try this based on the fact I love the other two. The Ice cream itself is, again, nice and creamy, with a pretty strong caramel flavor. The caramel itself you can tell is not that sugary sweet caramel, but has more of a muted flavor (probably because it’s not loaded with sugar…). However, it’s still pretty good. There are large swirls of caramel in the ice cream, which are sweet, but has that sugar alcohol type flavor. If you’ve eaten enough sugar free/low sugar products, you know what I am talking about.

It was almost a bit too rich for me, too “sweet”, and I wish it had some sort of saltier or crunchy component. But hey, to each his own. 4 star for me.

OVERALL, I am a fan! I can’t wait to try the other flavors. I’ve seen them at Target, Stop n Shop, and other supermarkets. I will 100% buy the PB chip or Brownie & Cookie dough in the future. A definite try for those who love ice cream but may be watching their diet…or those who want an excuse to eat something sweet with some protein in it 🙂

Here’s the nutritional facts for the PB Chip — however, most of the flavors are similar, but NOT exactly the same. Visit the website for exact nutritional information!

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DISCLAIMER: I received these items to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. 

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I really happen to enjoy tea- both warm and iced. Nothing like a cup of warm tea on a cold, wintry day or some iced tea to go with a meal. I got a coupon to try one of the Tazo Zero Calorie Naturally Sweetened Iced Teas, and the only one available at my grocery store was the Refresh flavor, so I decided to give that one a try.

This tea has no caffeine, and according to the bottle is an “herbal infusion with peppermint and spearmint”. I love when drinks have natural sweeteners AND aren’t loaded with refined, white sugar, so I was happy to give this a try.

Unfortunately, I really did not enjoy it. The bottle claims to be “naturally sweetened” but I did not taste even a hint of sweetness. It reminded me of a watered down black tea with a minty aftertaste. The smell was very minty and rather strong, so I was sort of expecting a stronger mint flavor, but it really wasn’t as strong as I had thought it would be. I just really did not enjoy it.

Overall, this gets 1 star from me. While I love that it’s sweetened naturally, and I guess I can see why perhaps it’s called “refresh”, like a mint can refresh someone after eating a meal, it’s just not my cup of tea (no pun intended ;P ). Perhaps the other flavors of Passion or Zen might be tastier.

8 fl oz is 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrates (1 gram of erythritol), and 0 grams of protein.

Ah, two of my favorite things, finally combined. Penny’s Low Fat Desserts, and Banana muffins. I’ve had some of Penny’s lovely desserts before- like her delicious muffin tops, and her chocolate truffle and cinnamon toffee cookies. So how on EARTH could I turn Penny down when she offered me to try her new Banana Bran muffin? (Obviously I couldn’t- then you wouldn’t be reading a review! 😉 )

Penny sent me a few of her new, all natural, no sugar added Banana Bran Muffins. Each muffin is only 100 calories and is sweetened naturally with rebiana, or stevia. They are a pretty decent size, 3 ounces, not as big as those super-muffins you get at the deli, but a good sized muffin. I popped it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so since I put them in my fridge( and I reccommend you heat it up for a few seconds when you try it!!), and sat down to review. The smell was awesome-I just knew I was going to like these. I. LOVE. BANANA! 😀

I took a bite, and was actually quite pleased. It’s “fudgy” in texture-soft, and fluffy. It’s actually sweeter than I imagined it to be, but still good. The banana flavor was good too- no fake banana flavor, but a real ” there are actual bananas, not just banana extracts in this muffin” flavor.  It also had a buttery flavor as well. In other words, this muffin was GOOD! I liked that you could see bits of banana actually thoughout the muffin. Yum!

One tip I have- spread peanut butter on this muffin! (taking into consideration you are not allergic to peanut butter. Please, do not do that then!!) Oh my, it was SO amazing with a smear of all natural peanut butter. I’m just mad that I didn’t think of spreading peanut butter on it until I was halfway done with the muffin (woops! ).

Overall, this muffin gets 4 1/2 stars. Good job, yet again, Penny! This muffin also has only three grams of sugar and six grams of fiber. Can’t be beat in my books 😉

1 muffin is 90 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 sugar alcohols, 2 sugars and 4 grams of protein.

water, wheat flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), erythritol, pasteurized egg whites, wheat bran, bananas, milk, chicory root, cellulose, natural flavors, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, cornstarch, sodium bicarbonate), rice syrup solids, salt, palm oil, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum, rebiana, soybean lecithin.

Well, we all know I looooooove Penny’s Low Fat Desserts. She makes some kickin’ products that taste great, are all natural, and have a reasonable portion size for relatively low amount of calories and fat. I reviewed her muffin tops (which ROCKED) here, so if you are unfamiliar with her products, check it out.

Recently I received the No Sugar Added Toffee Cinnamon Cookie in the mail. It’s Penny’s new product, targeted especially for Diabetics (coincidence- I AM a type 1 Diabetic! 😉 ). I also tried the other variety Penny offers, the Chocolate Truffle. These cookies are sweetened with erythritol and rebiana rather than sugar, are high in fiber and are only 100 calories each.
No Sugar? you ask. Aren’t these going to be bland and have that weird aftertaste?
HA!
These cookies will ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. Read on, bloggies ! 8)

Chocolate Truffle– This cookie fooled my taste buds into thinking it was eating atruffle. It is sooo moist and crumbly, almost a buttery texture. It was sweet, with a deep chocolately taste. The outside rim is slightly lighter in color than the rest of the cookie, and is the sweetest and softest part of the cookie. It’s so hard to believe there isn’t any sugar in this- it’s AMAZING. It was satisfying and filling too, with the 7 grams of fiber.

Toffe Cinnamon Cookie- ahhhhh. Also heavenly. It has a delicate flavor, crumbly, soft and melts in your mouth. It was also sweeter on the edges of the cookie than in the middle. It reminded me of the top of those cinnamon crumb cakes. It paired very well with some vanilla yogurt too.

I was literally upset when these cookies were over, they are so good. I hope she comes out with another flavor soon. Something peanut buttery? Caramel? Chocolate Chip? I love the texture of the cookies the most. It melts in your mouth.Penny. You are a genious! 5 stars for your no sugar added cookies from heaven 😉

Chocolate Truffle Cookie- 1 cookie is 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 32 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber,and 3 grams of protein.
Toffee Cinnamon Cookie-1 cookie is 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
Chocolate Truffle Cookie-erythritol, water, oats, dried plums, whole wheat flour, pasteurized egg, cellulose, chocolate liquor, alkalized cocoa, natural flavors, rice syrup solids, chicory root extract, xanthan gum, guar gum, sodium alginate, gum acacia, food starch, ammonium calcium alginate, baking soda, palm oil, salt, cinnamon, soy lecithin, rebiana.
Toffee Cinnamon Cookie- erythritol, oats, water, dried plums, whole wheat flour, pasteurized egg, cellulose, chocolate, natural flavors, rice syrup solids, chicory root extract, xanthan gum, guar gum, sodium alginate, gum acacia, food starch, ammonium calcium alginate, baking soda, palm oil, salt, cinnamon, soy lecithin, rebiana.

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