Arctic Zero Review + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Arctic Zero sent me 6 pints of their newest flavors to try in exchange for a review. You bet your bottom dollar all opinions are completely honest and my own as usual!

Once upon a time, I finished 6 pints of Arctic Zero ice cream in two weeks all by myself.

This post is quite a bit overdue since that time was several weeks ago, but I knew I wanted to write a review on the frozen treats that Arctic Zero so kindly sent to me. It was a great day when I got back from the gym to a package filled with dry ice and pints of sweetness!

I think the fact that I polished off every single one of these babies within two weeks without a problem indicates that I really liked these. I promise I shared some with my roommate/floormates!

Arctic Zero’s Mission

Arctic Zero sought from its inception to offer families across America a low calorie dessert that would allow them to indulge in their frozen sweet tooth cravings without sacrificing a healthy lifestyle. As health issues rise across the country such as diabetes and obesity, Arctic Zero confronts this trend by providing a product that displaces the myth that a dessert must be high in fat and calories in order to taste good.

{From the “About Us” page on the Arctic Zero website!}

Arctic Zero’s frozen treats are made with minimal ingredients (purified water being the first on the list!) that are wholesome and meant to boost your health rather than pull you into that dairy/sugar coma. All their ice creams are 150 calories per PINT, fat free, lactose free, and gluten free! 

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For the Salted Caramel flavor

What did I think?

Arctic Zero sent me three of their brand-spankin’-new flavors: Coconut, Orange Cream, and Salted Caramel. Yeah, the sound of those flavors made me pretty stoked. Here’s what I thought about each of the flavors:

  • Coconut: This was the first one I tried from the batch. The coconut flavor is definitely present but without the fatty richness you would typically get from coconut desserts. It’s more like a milder coconut sorbet.
  • Orange Cream: Creamsicles were my JAM when I was younger, so I was super excited about this flavor. The AZ version wasn’t quite exactly like the classic creamsicle, but I enjoyed it as a low-sugar option.
  • Salted Caramel: I think this was my favorite! The ingredients actually include a little bit of cocoa powder, so the flavor seemed like a mixture of caramel and mocha (I don’t even like coffee!). It worked.

Overall, the flavors are true to how they are advertised on the pints. That being said, the low-sugar, fat free aspect of Arctic Zero frozen treats makes the flavors much more mild and “watered down” than what you would normally get in regular ice cream. I didn’t mind though, because these are almost like palate cleansers. Sweet, but not so sweet that you can’t have it as an afternoon or midnight snack!

As for the texture, I must note that Arctic Zero ice cream (or any ice cream for that matter) tastes best when you let it thaw for 5-10 minutes. I was expecting AZ to be icy because of the lack of fat, but it’s surprisingly creamy! I think that can be attributed to the whey protein powder in it. It’s not like classic ice cream for sure, but it’s almost like a thick frosty if you wait until it’s slightly melty on the sides (that’s the best!).

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Would I buy Arctic Zero?

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the Arctic Zero frozen treats (evidenced by how quickly I consumed them), so I would totally try some of their other flavors if I found them in a store. That being said, Arctic Zero ice cream does not compare to real deal ice cream, so I would not expect a Haagen Dazs experience when you eat these. It is a nice sweet, frozen treat to have when you’re craving just that, except you have nutrition benefits too!

And c’mon, it’s fun to finish a whole pint in one sitting for only 150 calories 😉 I do miss digging my spoon right into the pint.

Where can you buy Arctic Zero?

I have never actually seen Arctic Zero in stores, but they have a store locator on their website right here! You can also order online here.

Giveaway!

Arctic Zero is being awesome per usual and giving away two vouchers for Arctic Zero products to two lucky winners (two vouchers per person)! If you would like a chance to win, comment below telling me which flavor of Arctic Zero you would most like to try! I will announce the two winners on Sunday.

{Open to U.S. only}

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!

 

WIAW: Food Showdown

Today is yet another snow day. Yeah, I don’t even know what school is anymore. Not that I’m complaining! The only thing that concerns me is that I think we have only one more snow day allowed, if any, before we start chipping days off of spring break. That happened last year, and we had to come to school on the Wednesday of spring break……….Not happening again.

Anyway. Onto the WIAW fun hosted by the magnificent Jenn as always! Check out her blog to see tons of other mouthwateringly delicious eats.

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For the most part, I enjoy the foods I eat (well, one would hope!) but there are always those foods that are just outstanding. This WIAW, I’m showing you some of the food winners in my book from the past week or so with a food showdown! And since I don’t usually take pictures of my lunches (I’m always eating them on-the-go), there is no lunch showdown. 🙂

Breakfasts

Oatmeal Showdown

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The contenders: Blueberry Banana Walnut Love Grown Hot Oats V. hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar V. overnight oats V. hot banana oatmeal parfait over Greek yogurt

Winner: Hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar!

Yogurt Bowl Showdown

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The contenders: Greek yogurt with banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepita sunseed butter + random pizza dough pieces with honey and cinnamon V. Greek yogurt with banana, chia, hemp, a strawberry banana muffin, and peanut butter

The winner: The strawberry muffin bowl!

Snacks

I snack a lot, okay?

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The contenders: Honey raisin scone V. carrots with jalapeño Greek yogurt dip V. various flavors of Fage Greek yogurt V. dried figs with plain Greek yogurt V. popcorn V. brussels sprouts and carrots with hummus V. freeze-dried edamame V. Taste of Nature nut/fruit bars V. homemade granola bars V. oranges/clementines V. dried pineapple

The winner(s): Scone + dried figs with Greek yogurt

Dinners

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The contenders: Farro with avocado tuna salad + spinach V. Salmon with farro and greens V. Super Bowl dinner of brussels, homemade turkey meatballs, and cornbread V. Leftovers of pizza, brussels with hummus, and a clementine (this was actually a lunch)

The winner: Salmon with farro and greens!

So there you have it— some of the knockout dishes that I’ve eaten in the past {two} weeks. Yes, I totally cheated on this WIAW by including some eats from two weeks ago, but I still ate all these things nevertheless!

I guess I should take advantage of this extra day to get ahead on homework, blogging, and such. I always say that I’ll do that, but executing it is a completely different story. Lord, grant me self-discipline.

Happy Wednesday!

So tell me:

What were some “winners” that you ate this week?

Are you a snack monster like me? What is your current favorite snack?

 

 

 

Overnight Oats {How I Make My Favorite Breakfast}

Good morning!

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What should one do with an almost empty peanut butter jar? (I’m sure every healthy living blogger is thinking, “sheesh, nothing new.”)

Well I’m going to say it anyway–overnight oats! I’ve said it at least a couple times before on here, but overnight oats is my favorite breakfast. I tried it one day over a year ago before practicing driving with my Dad on an early Sunday morning, and I have made it about a thousand times since then. I used Kath’s recipe for a long time, but I’ve made little changes here and there to make it perfect for my palate. I highly recommend visiting her recipe link because you can see all of her overnight oats variations, which look 10x more appealing than mine. Check out The Oatmeal Artist for some yummy ideas too!

As Kath says in the recipe, there is NO COOKING involved! So if you and the stovetop don’t get along well, this takes care of ya! Also, once you prepare the oats at night, there is really nothing else you have to do with them when you wake up. Just take them out of the fridge, put on desired toppings, and devour enjoy!

This is exactly how I like to do mine:

Basic Banana Overnight Oats

by Alison Y.

adapted from the Basic KERF recipe

Serves 1

  • 1-2 tbsp. nut or seed butter of choice (or an almost empty nut/seed butter jar)
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • agave/honey/maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. cereal/granola (optional for topping in the morning)

Spread out nut/seed butter around the bottom of a bowl or large mug [mug>bowl because it mimics jars better!] (or just start out with an almost empty jar of nut/seed butter). Add in oats, greek yogurt, and milk. Thinly slice in the half banana. Add cinnamon and nutmeg as desired (start with a little first, then add more if needed). If using plain Greek yogurt, add sweetener to taste if desired. Mix all ingredients together well, incorporating some of the nut butter at the bottom, but not all of it (I like to have a nice amount of nut butter to eat almost by itself at the end!). Taste a little bit to make sure it is spiced/sweetened to your liking. Place in the fridge covered or uncovered overnight. (Optional: Place a note warning your family what the heck is in there if you’re trying this for the first time. They might be suspicious and throw it out.) In the morning, take it out of the fridge, stir it up, throw on the toppings, and EAT!

Here is a step-by-step photo demo for you visual learners:

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Line ’em up!

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Choose your vessel. (Again–mug>bowl if not using a jar! 🙂 )

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Oats.

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Greek yogurt and milk.

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Thinly sliced banana.

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Cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave.

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Stir it up (optional: using favorite breakfast spoon).

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Making sure to leave a little peanut butter at the bottom! Best part.

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Tuck it in the fridge and say goodnight.

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Take it out, give it a stir, dish out your toppings (I add a little bit at a time so each layer has a fresh batch of toppings).

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ENJOY!

Texture: Something you might have to get used to. Very thick, like a really thick rice pudding. If you want it a little thinner, you can add more milk.

Taste: Hm. A mix of cereal, a yogurt parfait, and nut butter.

Appearance: You can make your own judgements.

Other notes: Don’t be surprised if it feels really filling the first time you eat it. When I first had it with only 1/3 c. oats, my stomach wasn’t used to the filling feeling of the milk, yogurt, oats, and nut butter all together. But now I can have 1/2 c. just fine. Also, don’t microwave it. Just don’t. It was a sad day when I did.

I often add different fruits such as berries, peaches, or pineapple, and then I just decrease the banana size to about 1/3 instead of 1/2. But this recipe is what I do when there aren’t any other fruits in the house.

And finally, I would be thrilled to hear if you love overnight oats, but I wouldn’t be offended if you really hate them after trying. 😀

It’s a rainy, thunderstorm-y day here. But I’m still happy! Have a good one!

So tell me: Have you ever tried overnight oats before? If not, would you consider trying them?