A year of essentially being at home 24/7 has taught me that I need to surround myself with food that I like but that is also nutritious. Oreos and goldfish? Forget about it, they will unlikely last 24 hours. A whole head of celery? Yeah, that will be in the fridge for ages. So I need to find a happy middle ground. I have learned that with tempting treats if they are in the freezer, that makes them a night-time or after dinner treat. Enter, healthy ice cream.
But before we speak about what I affectionally call “cold nummies” let’s divert for a moment. First, I am so thankful for all of the kind comments on my fitness journey and some of the sweet Instagram DMs I have been getting – like “Body goals”, “Girl! Those abs! THIS is what you need a blog post on. Send help!, or “I need to get on the Kelly Donlin workout and nutrition plan”. If you want me to share a bit more about my eating and workout regime let me know in the comments and if there is interest, I will share something. And second, let me explain cold nummies. My mom often describes me as a fat, happy baby. Not unhealthy but I certainly liked to eat and as I began to speak I learned that certain foods were sweet and called them nummies. Thus when I first tried ice cream, that immediately became cold nummies and the name has now stuck for over 30 years.
So now back to the good stuff. My love of cold nummies is not new – I have mentioned ice cream in various posts over the years from this one way back in 2012 to this one last year. While utterly delicious it is crazy how many calories (and how much SUGAR) can be placed into such a little cone or bowl. Now sometimes an ice cream parlor treat with all the toppings is needed but not for an every day. Since the start of the year if you opened the top drawer of my freezer you would be able to find at least a few tubs of healthy ice cream in an assortment of flavors.
I have tried nearly a dozen brands of frozen yogurt, ice cream, shaved ice, and frozen custard but in my book Oppo Brothers and Halo Top Creamery are the winners of the healthy ice cream award Both of these companies make incredible flavors that don’t taste “diet” or low calorie in any way. When I have a good workout day, I don’t feel guilty about eating the entire pint. And I mean, taking the tub to the couch with a spoon, and completley skipping the bowl. One of my favorite aspects is that compared to other options they are 1/3 of the calories and carbs, 25% of the fat, actually contain fiber and plus portion is much higher ratio!
My favorite flavors from Halo Top are Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. From the British brand Oppo Brothers I love the Columbian Chocolate Hazelnut, Canadian Maple Walnut, and Carmel Chocolate Crunch. From this week though, Cinnamon Crunch is added to that list, it tastes exactly like snickerdoodle cookies and is next level dellicous. And as an added bonus, the lids of both pints have such cute sayings on them!
Have you tried healthy ice cream?