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Meet Halo Top — The Angelic Ice Cream With 250 Calories, 25g Protein Per Pint [Review]

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*Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored by or affiliated with Halo Top Creamery. I’m just obsessed with it.

You can have your ice cream. And eat it, too. All in one serving. 

If you’ve followed my Snapchat at all, you’ve probably seen me obsessing over a new, angelic brand of ice cream — Halo Top. I’m completely, unabashedly obsessed with it. The stuff is AMAZING. It’s a godsend. Angel status.

And you should be, too.

I’ve tried almost every “diet” / “healthy” / “lean” ice cream and froyo on the market. Wink, Arctic Zero, Enlightened. Skinny Cow. You name it, I’ve crushed it. Because at heart, I’m a closet fat kid and can’t get enough ice cream (especially mint chocolate chip). 

But whether it’s lackluster, unimpressive flavor; horrible, icy consistency that resembles anything but ice cream; disgusting artificial ingredients; or obnoxious stomach problems after the fact, the diet ice cream market has been severely lacking a legitimate replacement for B&Js or Haagen Daas.

Until now.

Halo Top is a brand new ice cream product popping up in Whole Foods, Fairway, Wegmans and other health-centric supermarkets. If you find it, buy it. ALL OF IT.



 

Halo Top Ice Cream — Nutrition, Ingredients, and Breakdown


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One WHOLE pint of Halo Top—the entire thing—packs the following nutrition and ingredients:

  • 240 calories
  • 24g protein
  • 16g sugar
  • 20g fiber
  • Ingredients: Milk and cream, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, organic lemon peel, organic lemon oil, organic sunflower oil, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia.

Process that for a second. That’s effectively the same exact macronutrient breakdown as a Quest Bar. That’s mind-blowing.

Ingredient-wise, it’s surprisingly clean. It’s made from milk, eggs, and a lineup of natural ingredients that are almost exclusively organic. The combo of stevia, sugar alcohol (erythritol), and a little organic cane sugar gives it a burst of sweetness, without excessive calories and sugar content.

I’m cool with both sweeteners (no pun intended), especially because they lend a natural sweetness that doesn’t distort the flavor (unlike splenda or aspartame). Halo Top also doesn’t cause gut problems, like almost every other brand of diet ice cream.

What’s even more flabbergasting is that it LEGITIMATELY tastes and feels like real ice cream. It’s got the quintessential soft, fluffy creaminess of any full-fat ice cream and it’s bursting with real flavor. I’ve bought over 20 pints and there hasn’t been a single instance that a pint has lasted longer than 5 minutes. 

It doesn’t taste like an artificial frankenstein concoction. Just ice cream, as you know and have always known it.

And the crazy part is, I’ve only been able to find the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and lemon cake flavors. All are seriously decadent, and I haven’t even breached Halo Top’s frozen world of mint chocolate chip, birthday cake, and chocolate mocha chip

So go ahead, shove a spoon in and eat your face off. Crush a pint of Halo Top post-workout for a quick infusion of protein, mid-summer to break the heat, or in bed when you’re watching The Bachelorette or Netflixing. It’s truly a guilt-free dessert that you can feel good about binging.

After all, it’s effectively the same as eating a protein bar (and the best protein bar in the game, at that). I LIKE THAT.



Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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Bryan DiSanto