Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Hey guys! Time for a little product review because Arctic Zero sent me all SEVEN of their new light ice creams!! I was so excited when they contacted me because ever since I was little, ice cream has been my absolute favorite sweet treat (I’m not kidding I ate ice cream almost every night for a WHILEEE…). The problem is, when you’re trying to stay healthy and fit, ice cream doesn’t necessarily get to be a nightly routine anymore. The good news is, Arctic Zero is changing the game. Their new line of light ice creams range from 280-360 calories and are made with real milk and cane sugar. I have to say that if you’ve ever tried an Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Dessert in the past, these Light Ice Creams are so different and are much more creamy like an ice cream as opposed to the icy texture of the Fit Frozen Desserts. I had a few hiccups in the making of this post, including the fact that my refrigerator broke the day after I recieved these and I had to run them down the street to my boyfriend’s house to keep them from melting! But at last here we are, with a full review on these seven awesome ice creams that were gone too fast because I just couldn’t keep my dad and brother out of them!

Cookies & Cream-creamy vanilla flavor with chocolate sandwich cookies

You can’t go wrong with Cookies & Cream. This flavor was crammed with chocolate cookies which is exactly what you want in a Cookies & Cream flavor. The vanilla flavor wasn’t overpowered by the cookies, so the ratio of cookies & cream was pretty perfect.

Chocolate Chunk- creamy chocolate with dark chocolate chunks

I’m more of a vanilla girl when it comes to ice cream, but this flavor was great and I love texture in my ice cream so choosing to make a chocolate flavor with dark chocolate chunks was the right move in my opinion. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t the biggest chocolate fan either, totally dug in when I handed him this pint to try.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies- creamy peanut butter with chocolate cookies and rich peanut butter swirls

I’ve never been someone to pick the peanut butter flavored ice cream off the shelf, but woah. The peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookies added that special something that made the peanut butter ice cream so much more fun! Sometimes when you dig into similar flavors from other brands the mix ins are sparse, but there were no shortage of chocolate cookies or peanut butter swirls which made every bite so delicious!

Mint & Chocolate Cookies- creamy mint flavor with chocolate cookies and dark chocolate chunks

Mint and Chocolate Cookies was so stinkin’ good. The peppermint flavor was rich, and the cookies and dark chocolate chunks are perfect if you love texture and crunch in your ice cream. Mint & chocolate ice cream has always been one of my favorites and they got this one SO RIGHT. 

Vanilla Bean- creamy vanilla with real vanilla beans

A classic done right. Nothing beats the richness of real ground vanilla beans, period. Not their most exciting flavor if you love a good mix-in, but so great for topping off a Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet which is how I chose to devour most of this pint.

Cookie & Brownie Dough- creamy vanilla flavor with cookie dough and brownie dough

This was my favorite flavor. Cookie dough ice cream is okay… but cookie dough AND brownie dough ice cream is the freakin’ BOMB. Sometimes I find that cookie dough in other ice creams has kind of a grainy texture, but I didn’t have that problem with this pint at all. Again, the ratio of mix-ins to ice cream was on point. Not much more to say about this flavor other than it’s absolutely amazing and you HAVE to try it.

Toffee Crunch- creamy vanilla flavor with toffee chunks and caramel swirls

Toffee crunch came in as a close second to Cookie & Brownie Dough and it was my dad’s favorite flavor by far… I was lucky to get a few bites of this flavor before he tore through the pint because it’s just that good. There were plenty of sweet and crunchy toffee chunks and caramel swirls so I didn’t find myself digging through the vanilla ice cream to get to the mix-ins which was awesome.

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

I did a poll on my insta stories a little while back asking you guys if you wanted to see a Whole Foods shopping list, or a Trader Joe’s shopping list. Although Whole Foods beat out TJ’s I’ve decided to do a post on both (partially because it’s a really good excuse to do two major shopping hauls with all my favorite goodies). Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff…

Fig Butter- I’m not a huge fan of fresh figs, but I really truly love dried figs, and TJ’s fig butter. So good on toast with almond butter, on crackers, etc. I’ve also been eating mine with Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese… Amazing.

Falafel Mix- This one was new to me. I’ve made falafel at home before but putting everything through a food processor takes a little work so I was excited to try out this falafel mix.

Wheat Pizza Dough- HOLY GUACAMOLE. I loved this item. It took me 25 minutes to make the pizza including washing, and cutting my veggies it was so so easy. I topped mine with organic tomato sauce, arugula, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, shallots, and drizzled it with TJ’s green goddess dressing.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning- If you’ve ever seen avocado toast on my instagram feed, you have seen this product. It has become a staple and since I tried it last Fall avocado toast has never been the same. It’s addicting and I’ve seen people use this to make homemade bagels, put it on pizza, in dips, on eggs, crackers… you can really get creative with this.

Acaeí Packets- these are so handy for smoothies. I love acaí, but people tend to think that any acaí bowl or smoothie is the same and it’s just not true. I would love to believe that any restaurant selling acaí bowls is healthy, but most of the time those bowls and smoothies are LOADED with sugar and you might as well buy a milkshake. I prefer to make acaí bowls at home with one of these packets from TJ’s with no added sugar, a frozen banana, a handful of spinach and almond milk. If you need it a little sweeter, add some honey, but making them at home is so easy and you control how much sugar you’re actually getting.

Raw Mixed Nuts- I usually end up buying nuts in the bulk section and walk up to the register with 5-6 bags of different nuts for various recipes, but when I want to make a fruit and nut snack mix or my homemade granola, the mixed nuts from TJ’s are so handy! My favorite mix has cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and pecans.

Ghee- For those of you that don’t really know much about ghee, let me explain. Ghee is butter that has been cooked to separate out the milk solids. It is a healthy fat that can decrease unhealthy cholesterol levels and is better for people who have dairy intolerance’s because it doesn’t contain lactose or casein protein. It is also great for cooking at higher temperatures because it has a high smoke point. My TJ’s always has a great price on their ghee and I use it in my coffee, baking, on toast and I even cooked the cauliflower gnocchi with it!

Popcorn with Herbs and Spices- You guys. This popcorn is actually so stinking addicting. I always have to portion it out in a bowl and make sure I put away the bag because I know for a fact that if I don’t I won’t be able to stop myself. Not much more to say about this other than it’s amazing.

Olive Tapenade- I love tapenade. Dipping veggies or crackers in hummus and salty tapenade is a favorite combo of mine or you could serve tapenade on top of baked fish or chicken, on avocado toast, or even on top of pizza! I ate mine with homemade buckwheat crackers.

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry- I actually just tried this for the first time specifically for this post, but I am impressed. I would like to state my opinion that homemade is better and I did add more veggies, a fried egg, chicken and coconut aminos to mine

Cauliflower Gnocchi- this is CLUTCH. Don’t get me wrong I’m not afraid to eat pasta or regular gnocchi, but if I’m looking for something lighter this gnocchi is “75% cauliflower, as well as cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt… no wheat, sugar, dairy, or eggs are included” according to the Trader Joe’s website. I paired mine with bilinski chicken sausage and Trader Joe’s quinoa pesto.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust- To be completely honest my favorite way to do a cauliflower pizza crust is made from scratch at home, BUT it takes a little more work than these pre made crusts from TJ’s. You just pop these in the oven for a bit, add your toppings, then put them back in the oven and youre finished!

Hope you guys have enjoyed this little overview of my favorite TJ’s products! If you end up trying any of these or have suggestions for new products to try and review please let me know in the comments or send me a DM on instagram!

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What I buy at Whole Foods

What I buy at Whole Foods

Here it is. This post has been a long time coming and a few weeks in the making with all of the craziness of finals behind me I finally had the chance to finish it! Here are my favorite things to shop for at Whole Foods.

Fruits, Veggies, Salad Bar, Coffee Bar- This might seem like an obvious, but it had to be said. Whole Foods has great organic produce and I love stopping by Whole Foods around lunch time to grab something from their salad bar or a coffee or smoothie from the bar.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese- I have never been diagnosed with a dairy intolerance, but all I know is that dairy makes me breakout, bloated, and icky feeling so I try to stay clear. That is why I absolutely love this cream cheese made with just almond milk, salt, enzyme, vinegar, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, guar gum, and cultures. This stuff is so creamy and I love it on toast, or for making cream cheese icing for cakes or cinnamon rolls.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee/Hot Chocolate- Yes, you read that right, MUSHROOMS. This company uses organic coffee, cacao, coconut sugar, spices, and mushrooms to make drink mixes to keep you calm, give you energy, boost brain power, and support a healthy metabolism.

Healthade- Favorite booch hands down. Now I know that Whole Foods is not the only place to buy Healthade kombucha, but for the longest time it was the only place I could find it. My favorite flavors are Pink Lady Apple, Pomegranite, California Grape, and Super Greens!

Siete Foods- Tortilla chips… Grain-free tortilla chips… Lime flavored grain-free tortilla chips with avocado oil and sea salt. The more you read on the Siete Foods tortilla chips label the more perfect it gets. These are so stinking good it’s unreal. A little pricey for tortilla chips, but I don’t eat tortilla chips a ton, so they’re definitely worth the splurge to me.

Simple Mills- Again a bit of a splurge, but one of my favorite products of all time. The ingredients for their bread and cake mixes are real as heck and they’re SO STINKING GOOD. I brought over a simple mills cake to my brother’s birthday party and most of my friends wanted this cake over the cookie cake and red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese icing sitting next to it on the table. Let me clarify that these were picky boys who could eat trash food all day long… and they picked this cake. Nuff said.

365 Brand Peanut Butter- The creamiest peanut butter I’ve probably ever tasted. No added sugars, real ingredients. At the end of the day it’s just peanut butter, but, like, REALLY good peanut butter.

Primal Pit Paste- I’ve been trying to find a natural deodorant ever since I read about how awful normal deodorants can be since you can absorb 100% of the chemicals that you put on your armpits and all the scary dangers of aluminum in most deodorants. I’m going to be totally transparent with you here I get pretty sweaty when I workout. I work hard and so finding a natural deodorant that lasts and feels right hasn’t been easy and I’m still looking for the right one for me… but so far this has been my favorite. It smells great, feels nice and holds up during my normal every day activities. The downsides are: 1. it comes in a jar so you have to apply it with your fingers and 2. it doesn’t always hold up for the sweatier workouts so I’ll usually use regular deodorant as a backup. Anyways, still a pretty good product and I thought I should include it.

Cocokind Organic Facial Repair Serum- I’m about to finish out this post with a rant about how much I love Cocokind Skincare products. I’ve recently started using this serum instead of coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face and I’ve found that it absorbs more quickly than coconut oil and still leaves my skin so so soft.

Cocokind Organic All-Over Moisture Stick- The Cocokind sticks are brilliant. you can take them anywhere, apply them easily, and they’re so cute. Although I haven’t tried the beet lip and cheek tint I do love the matcha coconut oil moisture stick and the turmeric spot treatment. I use the moisture stick for my lips and under my eyes and it feels heavenly.

Cocokind Organic Turmeric Spot Treatment- Lastly, the turmeric spot treatment. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory food and has tons of antioxidants so it makes perfect sense for a spot treatment. You can use this on new blemishes or to fade acne scars. Just be careful because turmeric will stain so keep it off of your clothes!

 

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