Is Halo Top Ice Cream Actually Healthy?

I can confirm that Halo Top ice cream does indeed taste amazing.

After hearing hype for months about this low-calorie, high-protein “healthy” ice cream, I finally caved and bought a pint of their Black Cherry. I devoured it in minutes and was amazed at how much it tasted like traditional ice cream. If I went to a scoop shoppe and someone served me a bowl of Halo Top, I wouldn’t think twice. I would think it was some pretty great ice cream.

But there’s a common saying in the nutrition world—if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Just because a product’s low in calories doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. Heck, zero-calorie diet soda has its own set of issues. So, is Halo Top ice cream actually healthy? Here’s your answer.

Getting The Facts Straight

Halo Top Ice Cream
Photo via Halo Top’s official Facebook page

Before we dive into the ingredients in Halo Top, let’s discuss its nutrition facts.

In short, they’re spectacular—at least compared to the nutrition facts for traditional ice cream. Halo Top is currently available in 17 flavors. Each flavor falls in the range of 240-360 calories per pint. Let’s focus on the chocolate variety, since it’s fairly simple.

One pint of chocolate Halo Top ice cream contains:

280 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 160 mg of cholesterol, 440 mg of sodium, 48 grams of carbohydrate, 8 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein, 40% DV calcium, 16% DV iron.

Now, let’s compare that to one the most popular traditional ice cream brands in the world—Häagen-Dazs. The nutrition facts for one pint of chocolate Häagen-Dazs ice cream:

1,040 calories, 68 grams of fat, 40 grams of saturated fat, 360 mg of cholesterol, 180 mg of sodium, 88 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of fiber, 76 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein, 32% DV calcium, 32% DV iron.

There’s really no contest—Halo Top blows traditional ice cream out of the water in almost every important nutritional category (especially for those concerned with weight management). The calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar totals for Halo Top are a fraction of what’s inside traditional ice cream. Halo Top does this while being just as high in fiber and protein as the traditional brands (if not more so). It’s still ice cream, so it can’t replace veggies, fruit, whole grains, etc. in your diet. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a delicious dessert with more impressive nutrition facts than Halo Top.

The next question is how the heck do they do it?

Ingenious Ingredients

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One reason Halo Top is able to keep their calorie count and sugar totals so low is because, unlike traditional ice cream manufacturers, they actually use a trio of sweeteners in their product.

The most prominent is erythritol, an all-natural sugar alcohol that looks and tastes like sugar yet contains just 0.24 calories per gram. The second most prominent is organic cane sugar—which is basically a fancy way of saying plain ol’ sugar. Sugar contains 4 calories per gram. A pint of Halo Top contains 20 grams of sugar, so 80 of those calories can be directly attributed to its sugar content. The third sweetener is stevia, a plant native to Paraguay that’s long been used as a low-calorie natural sweetener. It contains no calories and is roughly 250 to 300 times the sweetness of sugar.

Let’s crunch the cumulative calorie numbers for these sweeteners:

  • Stevia contains no…

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Since then, there’s been anecdotal evidence suggesting the blending of two edible icons has some strange side effects.

Some are immediately obvious.

Food blogger Junk Food Guy gave the Peeps Oreos high marks, calling it “a sweet sweet flavor bomb.”

However, he warned readers:

“Dude, the creme turned my saliva bright pink! BRIGHT PINK! This is sort of horrifying – this is the type of food dye where an hour later, when I…

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For a Fresh Toast demo, Nakajima, who worked at Japan’s Michelin-starred Sakamoto before opening Naka in June 2015, cold smoked gelato with cedar chips. But you can use pretty much anything.

“If you’re using marijuana,” Nakajima says, “when the gelato…

Decadent 4-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Truffles

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I am excited for this coming weekend — both the celebration and the excitement of a new year. 2016 was fine, but I’m ready for a fresh start. Plus, January is always a great month for Eating Bird Food. Everyone is jumping back into healthy habits and/or getting started with…

Recipes For Day 3 of Our Clean-Eating Plan

Who needs bread? Sweet potato toast is all the rage these days, so let’s try it together for today’s breakfast.

Prep Ahead

  • For cashew cream in tonight’s treat, cover 1/3 cup of cashews with at least an inch of water and soak for at least 1 hour, and up to 12 hours. If soaking for longer than an hour, store in the fridge.
  1. 1 medium sweet potato, sliced into 4 1/4-inch slices
  2. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  3. 1 hard-boiled egg
  4. 1/2 an avocado, sliced
  5. Pinch salt (optional)
  6. Pinch pepper (optional)
  7. Pinch paprika (optional)
  8. 1/2 a pear, sliced
  1. Brush 2 of the sweet potato slices lightly on both sides with the olive oil.
  2. Store the other half of the potato in an airtight container for use on Day 5.
  3. Toast the oiled sweet potato slices on high setting until sweet potato slices are soft and cooked through. Note, you may need to toast them 2-3 times.
  4. Layer the sweet potato slices with half an avocado, sliced, and 1 sliced hard-boiled egg. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika if desired.
  5. Serve with the sliced pear.

NUTRIENT TOTALS
Calories: 327.6
Protein: 9.091 grams
Carbohydrate: 31.7 grams
Dietary Fiber: 9.196 grams
Total Sugars: 13.4 grams
Total Fat: 20 grams
Saturated Fat: 3.732 grams
Sodium: 165.3 milligrams

  1. 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  2. 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup cooked buckwheat (left over from Day 1 dinner)
  5. 3 ounces of leftover chopped garlic mustard chicken (left over from Day 2 dinner)
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
  7. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  8. 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  9. 1/4 cup chopped apple
  10. 2 collard leaves
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and salt until combined.
  2. Add buckwheat, chopped chicken, pistachios, carrots, cucumber, and apple, and stir to incorporate dressing.
  3. Roll mixture up in 2 collard leaves, folding over both ends, then rolling like a burrito.

NUTRIENT TOTALS
Calories: 436.3
Protein: 27 grams

All spice Christmas cake with vanilla cashew cream

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Cosy, colourful decor is just as important as bringing those sweet spices to life in a Christmas cake, and this enticing cake does both! It is soft, made half of almond flour and half of whole wheat or spelt flour, it has lots of sweet juicy cranberries, sultanas and prunes as well as blended satsumas, and it has an abundance of spices, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, clove and pepper. The luxuriously creamy topping is made of soaked and blended cashews, vanilla and coconut oil, garnished abundantly with pomegranates and pistachios. Rich, warm and pleasurably healthy!

Ingredients

For the cake
100g almonds, around ¾ cup
150g spelt or whole wheat flour
120g coconut oil
5 tablespoons honey or coconut sugar
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of clove
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cranberries
2 tablespoons sultanas
handful 5 prunes, chopped
handful pistachios, roughly

To blend
2 satsumas
4 tablespoons almond milk

For the frosting
100g cashews
60g agave nectar
40g coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Awesome Nutella Cake Recipe with Strawberry and Ricotta

Nutella Cake Recipe

Nutella Cake Recipe with Ricotta is a combination of two moist layers of chocolate sponge bursting with delicious ricotta cream surrounded by Nutella topped with juicy strawberries. This is every bite as rich as a dessert should be…Spoil your family and friends nd make this delicious Nutella Strawberry Cake with Ricotta.

Watch the Nutella Cake video recipe:

Nutella Strawberry Cake

Ingredients:

Cake Mix

200ml milk
150g white sugar
160g flour
3 eggs
3 tablespoons of Nutella
2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 tablespoon of butter

Topping & Filling

400 – 500g fresh large strawberries
500g fresh ricotta
1 x lemon
3-5 tablespoons of caster sugar
Cinnamon (as much or as little as you like!)
6 tablespoons of Nutella

Utensils:

2 x medium mixing bowls
2 x small mixing bowls
Sharp, long knife
1 x fork
1 x tablespoon
Whisk
Cooking brush
Non-stick round baking tray (with removable bottom)

Method:

The Cake

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Crack 3 eggs into a mixing bowl, add 150g sugar and mix well.
3. Add 200ml milk and mix quickly using a whisk.
4. Add baking powder to the flour and mix it through using your fingers.
5. Add 160g flour to the mix plus a pinch of salt and whisk together really well.
6. Next, drop in 3 tablespoons of Nutella and mix through.
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Here’s 8 slices you need to try before 2017:

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3. JEWISH APPLE CAKE – FLORA (Philadelphia)

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4. PIEMONTESE GIANDUIA – CASA…