7 Best Keto Ice Creams – Keto-Friendly Options for Ketosis – Men’s Health

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Keto ice cream shares a few similarities with non-keto ice cream. It’s creamy and thick. It’s delicious. And it’s popular. But that’s sort of where the similarities end. Keto ice cream tends to be low in carbs and sugar, which is the complete opposite end of the nutritional spectrum compared to non-keto ice cream.

So how, exactly, do keto ice cream companies do this?

“Instead of sweetening these ice creams with sugar like traditional ice cream, keto ice cream brands use zero/low-calorie sweeteners like stevia, monkfruit, and/or sugar alcohols (i.e. erythritol),” says Charlotte Martin, M.S., R.D.N. So, it won’t spike blood sugar or kick you out of ketosis with an overload in sugar grams and net carbs.

This said, not all keto ice creams are created equal. In general, look for a product that has fewer than 10 grams of net carbs per serving, but with a goal of closer to 5 grams, she says.

Beyond taste (yes, it should taste good!), you should read the ingredient list to make sure you’re choosing a product with the preferred measurements, the right types of sweeteners (and lack of harmful ones), as well as some fiber.

“Be sure to pay attention to the fiber source and sweetener used in the ice cream if you have a history of digestive issues with fibers and sweeteners,” she says. “Some fibers, like chicory root, and sugar alcohols, like xylitol, aren’t well-tolerated by many individuals, and can cause digestive upset like gas and bloating,” she explains.

The keto-approved ice creams that follow deliver on nutrition, but also on delicious. Now all you need is a spoon.

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1 Mint Chip

Rebel Ice Cream

Their pint flavors range from 4 to 8 grams net carbs, making them an excellent keto option, but the Mint Chip in particular has 150 calories, 4 g net carbs, 0 g sugar, and a delicious flavor.

2 Keto Chocolate Glazed Donut Ice Cream

Enlightened

“The Enlightened keto collection of ice creams is the lowest in net carbs on the market, with each flavor providing only 1 gram net carb,” she says. They come in a variety of delicious and creative flavors. The Chocolate Glazed Donut has 180 calories, 1 g net carbs, and less than 1 g sugar.

3 Caramel Butter Pecan

Halo Top

The new Halo Top Series contains 5 to 10 grams net carbs per pint and is higher in protein compared to the other keto ice creams on the market, says Martin. “Their ice creams contain around three times the amount of protein per serving than other brands,” she says. Try Caramel Butter Pecan, which has 150 calories, 5 g net carbs, 1 g sugar and a whopping 19 grams of protein per serving.

4 Sea Salt Caramel Keto Ice Cream Bars

Keto Pint

“These are one-of-a-kind and the only keto ice cream bars on the market, for now. They come in three delicious flavors and have just 2 grams net carbs per serving,” says Martin. Each bar features a dark chocolate coating with a creamy ice cream center. The Sea Salt Caramel has 160 calories, 2 g net carbs, and 1 g sugar per bar.

5 Brownie Points

Killer Creamery

This brand makes keto-friendly ice cream that’s very low in net carbs (only 2 to 3 grams net carbs per serving) and it includes MCT oil, which is a popular fat source for those on the keto diet, says Martin. Brownie Points offers 160 calories, 3g net carbs, and zero sugar a serving.

6 Cake Batter

Arctic Zero

“Artic Zero isn’t technically considered a keto ice cream, however it’s net carb amounts are low enough to make it keto friendly,” she says. Unlike the other ice creams on this list, this ice cream doesn’t have any fat and uses some cane sugar to sweeten it, in addition to monkfruit, so just be wary of that. 

“Since this ice cream has no fat and is very low in calories (per serving), you may want to top it with some fat, like peanut butter or homemade coconut milk whipped cream,” she says. It just has 40 calories, 5g net carbs, and 5g sugar a serving.

7 Dipped Vanilla Bars

So Delicious

“Unlike most other keto-friendly ice creams, these chocolate coated ice cream bars are made from a coconut milk base, which makes them dairy free,” she says. The bars have 110 calories, 7 g net carbs, and less than 1g sugar a serving.

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