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LOOKING FOR A MUSCLE-BOOSTER THIS SUMMER? CHECK THE FREEZER. Regular ice cream is bad news – it’s laced with sugar, yeah, and not much else. But ice cream makers are expanding their vision. The result: a new dairy king is set to rule your fridge. These locally-made tubs are low on sugar and big on protein. We dug around for those that tasted closest to the real deal – and one that licked the competition.
1. Most Protein
MIWHEY PROTEIN ICE CREAM VANILLA
536KJ / 19G PROTEIN / 13G CARBS (4G SUGAR) / 3G FAT
Many of the vanillas we tried committed a cardinal sin: they threw out the calories (awesome) but the texture and taste went right along with them. But MiWhey not only jacks up the protein – you’re getting 19g per hundred – but the creaminess too, and almost claimed the dairy king’s throne.
2. Least Sugar
903KJ / 12.1G PROTEIN / 1.1G CARBS (1.1G SUGAR) / 17.8G FAT
Kick the sugar with this dessert, which packs just a single gram of the sweetener per hundred. The secret? Xylitol. This naturally occurring carb contains fewer calories than sugar, but looks and tastes like the real deal. Best part: studies have shown the substance doesn’t spike your blood sugar or insulin.
SKINNY SCOOP CHOCOLATE
735KJ / 14G PROTEIN / 3.6G CARBS (2.1G SUGAR) / 13.6G FAT
Tasters cleaned out the whole tub, and then asked for more. In their words: “rich”, “chocolatey” and “now this is ice cream”. And while its taste trumps most store-bought, calorie-heavy desserts that bandy about words like “double fudge”, it packs almost five times as much protein per scoop.