I have always been one who loves ice cream. Afterall, is there anything more refreshing to the palate on a hot summer day? I can’t think of too many things I would rather have on a hot August day here in Kansas than a creamy bowl of sweet goodness that had to be inspired by God above.
I simply love the stuff!
However, as much as I enjoy ice cream, I very rarely consume any of it since most brands contain sugar or sweeteners that leave a bit to be desired when it comes to taste. Face it, when it comes to any type of food, many store bought foods that are supposed to contain sugar, but do not contain any, can be greatly lacking in flavor and bring little enjoyment when consuming.
I am not one who promotes the Keto diet as it is unnecessarily too restrictive on carbohydrates. Keto advocates say to not eat more than fifty grams of carbohydrates in a day. This is plum ridiculous as carbs are our main source of energy. That being said, I do not believe in eating simple carbs or foods with added sugars unless it is in the case of fruit where there is a fiber component to prevent sugar from just dumping into your bloodstream. What I do advocate is to eat foods that contain complex carbohydrates while keeping your daily consumption in a range that is diabetic friendly. You will find this is quite simple to accomplish when you avoid all foods which contain added sugars or are full of simple carbohydrates.
It has not been too long ago that Halo Top was all the rage for those seeking out a Keto friendly ice cream they could eat while on their “diets”. I personally thought it was one of the most awful ice creams I have ever tried. Not long after Halo Top hit the store shelves, along came keto ice creams from Rebel Creamery, which I found to be a little better than Halo Top, but not by a wide margin. I will not be buying either ever again. I might have a serving of Rebel ice cream to be polite if it was served to me, but I would simply refuse the Halo Top. That being said, you might enjoy both…
Saturday as I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, I was loosely eyeing the ice cream aisle since my wife had said something about wanting some. I was debating on a couple of sugar free options when I spotted the Simple Truth brand of Keto ice creams. I had never tried this store brand of ice cream before but thought it would be no great loss at $3.50 US if it were not too great. I bought two flavors to try, Chocolate Chip for her and Coffee Chip for myself.
Both flavors were really quite good, in fact, I really enjoyed how much the Coffee Chip tasted like coffee. Loraine and I both also thought the vanilla flavor of hers was as good as any more expensive brands of ice cream. As with Halo Top and Rebel, you will need to let the container sit out to soften a bit before consuming. Once softened, I found the texture to be better by a narrow margin over that of the other two brands. You would think that an ice cream made of fat and cream would be more creamy than any of these three brands are. The ice cream is pretty dense and still not as creamy as I would prefer even after softening. But, I did enjoy this one enough that I might have it again on a hot summer day, if I feel like I have the calories to waste on something that is more a treat than anything.
I buy a lot of Kroger Store brand Simple Truth products. They taste as good as name brand items and are a usually a pretty good bargain. But, for the life of me I wish I could figure out why in the hell they made the nutritional information such a burden to look up on their internet site. The pictures above are what you will find. This may not be a big deal to some, but if you are one who does your shopping online, not being able to get nutritional data easily is not right. I wish I had taken pictures of the actual containers before I did this review. I am genetically prone to type 2 diabetes and I do read the labels of everything I consume. I recommend this to everyone else too if you care about your health or that of your loved ones. It is a simple habit to incorporate and takes very little time to do a quick scan in order to look for hidden sugars, unhealthy fats, sodium and preservative contents. The fact it is such a burden to see this information on their website is just bewildering to me to say the least.
In closing, I will say that 190 calories per serving is not bad for this ice cream. But, are you going to eat just one serving, or are you going to eat the entire container in one sitting? At 580 calories per container, you might find your weight increasing if you are going over your daily caloric needs by this much. If you are on Keto, you need to understand that you still cannot exceed your daily caloric needs without the worry of gaining body fat. You will find the reason why Keto works in the first place is because you are placing yourself into a caloric deficit, and not because you cut out all carbs.
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Simple Truth’s Butter Pecan keto ice cream is off the charts delicious. I also tried the coffee chip and found it to be excellent.
I will have to try the butter pecan and coffee chip. Thank you Samuel for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoy more of David’s Way to Health and Fitness.
Try the coffee chip and ADD PECANS (if you have the calories for it). Game changer!!!
Sounds like a treat! Thank you for reading and commenting Beth.
Pecans make everything better! Sounds incredible.
Your main source of energy can, and should, be switched from carbohydrates (glucose) to fat. Fat is 20 times more efficient as a fuel source than glucose. It’s like rocket fuel compared to gasoline. The book, “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance,” proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Hi Scott, thank you for reading and commenting. I am not in total disagreement with your point, however, I have also seen how many people can butcher the Keto diet only to fail miserably since keeping the carbohydrate intake requirement is extremely low at 50 grams per day maximum. People are better off for the most part by just eliminating simple carbs from their diets while actually keeping complex carbohydrates. The problem with Keto is it requires more discipline than most people have and when they resume eating carbs, they balloon their weight terribly.
Hi David. Your body produces all the carbs you need. Many carnivores have been 100% zero carb for years. The only discipline keto takes is counting carb intake and going through craving carbs until the addiction passes not unlike tobacco and alcohol, both of which I have eliminated (and I used to LOVE Colorado’s craft beers!)
Having all but eliminated carbs, I don’t know why I or anyone else would ever resume eating carbs.
I have actually written about carb intake quite extensively. I fully agree with you about getting through carb cravings until the addiction passes. I have written extensively about that too. However, my target audience is people who are attempting to lose weight in a healthy manner, and many of them struggle pretty hard
I advocate cutting out all added sugars, simple carbohydrates and processed foods. I also advocate limiting the intake of complex carbs through my writings. I guess I’m not sure if you are agreeing with me or trying to educate me about Keto which I have also written extensively about. I actually find Keto to be unnecessarily too restrictive for healthy weight loss and management.
Thank you for reading and commenting. You might want to check out more of my articles. Try typing in Keto in the search box for beginning.