Wink Frozen Desserts creates frozen treats that boast a number of diet-friendly traits compared to traditional ice cream. These pints are low calorie (100-240kcal for the whole pint!), sugar free, vegan, and most importantly for me, keto-friendly! Like ENERGYbits® spirulina algae tablets, this is a product I first discovered on Shark Tank but didn’t seek out until I started the ketogenic lifestyle. Also like ENERGYbits, Wink Frozen Desserts did not get a very positive review from the Sharks, but that did not stop me from being intrigued by it. Nor did some of the negative reviews of the taste that I read online, especially since I read a few positive reviews of Wink Frozen Desserts as well.
It goes without saying that Wink Frozen Desserts is very different from traditional ice cream made with dairy and sugar, and if you’re expecting it to be exactly the same, you’re going to be disappointed. Of course, if you’re buying keto ice cream, you already know what you’re getting into and are likely used to sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit.
Halo Top Ice Cream is advertised as a low-sugar, low-carb, and low-fat ice cream with flavors that range from 240 to 360 calories per entire pint. Of course, if you follow the ketogenic lifestyle, what you really care about is just how low carb this ice cream is. When I searched for the lowest carb Halo Top flavor, I didn’t find an immediate answer, so I looked at every single nutrition label of the dairy flavors. My hope with this post is to make information about the carb content in Halo Top easily accessible. Keep reading to find out how safe it is to eat Halo Top on keto and which flavor has the lowest total carbs and net carbs!
Is Halo Top Ice Cream Keto?
The short answer is yes. You can make room for Halo Top in a ketogenic/LCHF diet, so it’s safe to call Halo Top a keto ice cream. However, while the premise of Halo Top is that you can eat the whole pint (four servings) without guilt, that’s not generally the case if you’re keto. Sticking to one or two servings is ideal. That said, it’s not impossible to eat the whole pint and stay in ketosis, but you may have to eat close to zero carbs for the rest of the day because an entire pint of dairy Halo To, which contains four servings, has between 24g and 40g net carbs. Flavors range from between 6g and 10g net carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
Update 12/2/18: KNOW Foods has changed the size of their cookies so they are now about half as big and only 190 calories. They are still delicious and probably a more reasonable serving size now although I loved how giant they were before. The links to products in this article are likely outdated. Here is a link to the new KNOW cookies on Amazon. There is also a new flavor, which is peanut butter. I initially disliked it compared to the other flavors, especially since it was 1g higher in net carbs, but it’s starting to grow on me and become a favorite. It’s nice and gooey, but it has a strong peanut butter taste that I didn’t expect. Now I enjoy that aspect of it.
I learned that keto cookies exist while listening to Joe Rogan Experience #994 with Dom D’Agostino, the same episode I referenced in my ENERGYbits® spirulina algae tablet review. Dom brings keto cookies to the show, and he says to find them by searching “keto cookie.”
I originally wrote this review as a comparison of KNOW cookies with Fat Snax, but that was when I’d only tried one flavor of each. I’ve since revised this review to focus on all four flavors of KNOW cookies, and I posted a separate Fat Snax review that includes the comparison. I’ve also published a review of Nui cookies. Anyway, onto the KNOW Better Cookie review!
Many people associate the ketogenic diet with eating lots of meat and are surprised to hear that it’s possible to follow it while being meat-free. One variation of the meat-free ketogenic diet is the pescatarian keto diet. Being a pescatarian (also spelled “pescetarian”) is very similar to being a vegetarian except that you eat fish. Pescatarian keto is not nearly as restrictive of a diet as you might imagine, and there are a variety of benefits to following it. Here are five of them.
1. Following a meat-free keto diet is easier if you add fish.
I first learned about ENERGYbits® spirulina algae tablets when I saw them on Shark Tank. I was intrigued and went online and read reviews of the ENERGYbits spirulina (also known as blue-green algae), as I do with a lot of Shark Tank products. At the time, I wasn’t into “healthy living” and supplementation, so I wasn’t going to order any.
Fast forward to a couple years later when I was listening to Joe Rogan Experience #994 with ketone researcher Dom D’Agostino and he started talking about ENERGYbits. This was one of multiple podcasts that pushed me from being merely keto-curious to being ready to follow a pescatarian keto diet. Spirulina is keto-friendly as it only contains 1g of carbs per serving of ENERGYbits. There’s 0g of fat and 5g of protein in a serving of these little algae tablets along with multiple beneficial nutrients, and they may increase energy and endurance, making them popular among athletes. ENERGYbits spirulina is also totally vegan-friendly (and gluten-free, paleo, organic, non-GMO, and so much more).
As part of my review, I’ll share what Dom D’Agostino and Joe Rogan had to say about ENERGYbits along with my own impressions of the tablets. I’ll also try to answer some common questions about the ENERGYbits spirulina product.
Cauliflower au gratin is a variation of potatoes au gratin that is a little more keto-friendly, and it tastes amazing. However, when searching for a cauliflower au gratin recipe, I realized that all the recipes I found required a few modifications to make them truly keto-friendly. So, I set off to cook my keto cauliflower au gratin. I removed the carby breadcrumbs on top, substituted heavy whipping cream for regular old milk, and used almond flour instead of regular flour. I also added a lot more seasoning because that’s how I roll.
This is a keto side dish that is vegetarian but absolutely not vegan as it relies on lots of yummy full-fat cheese and heavy whipping cream. If any keto vegans would like to submit a guest post with a modified vegan recipe, go ahead! If you already have such a recipe on your site, let me know, and I’ll include the link here. Continue reading “Keto Cauliflower Au Gratin (Low Carb & Vegetarian-Friendly!)”