The Best 9 Low Calorie/High Protein Ice-Creams In Australia


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The Best 9 Low Calorie/High Protein Ice-Creams In Australia

Ice-cream is one of the life’s simplest pleasures. No matter the season, or time of day, there is never a bad time to enjoy the creamy, sweet goodness of ice-cream. From dairy ice-creams and coconut ice-creams, to soy or almond ice-creams – there are plenty on the market to choose from. However, ice-cream has always been one of those guilty pleasure foods. They don’t exactly scream healthy, which can be a bit unfortunate for those of us watching our calorie and sugar intake yet still love a big bowl of the stuff.

The good news is in the last several years there have been many high-protein, low cal and even “healthy” ice-creams to hit the supermarket shelves. While you’d think these healthy versions could never live up to the real deal, the good news is with some brands out there, you can’t even tell the difference. I’ve been dairy-free for a few years now and can honestly say I don’t miss dairy ice cream because there are so many delicious dairy-free options available.

Now, back to this idea of healthy ice-creams. Is it actually a thing? Well, by any dieticians’ standards, the ingredients of ice-cream – whether low calorie and high protein or not – aren’t necessarily healthy. But of course, anything that has natural sweetener and is significantly lower calorie than the “real deal” is going to be better on your waistline and better for your #gains.

These days there are countless low calorie and high-protein ice-creams available, with most of them being low in sugar and fat, and also high in protein and fibre. Yet you shouldn’t be distracted by the “low calorie” branding, because not all ice-creams are made equally, and some ingredients can be questionable. So, what’s exactly in low-calorie, high protein and “healthy” ice-cream?

What’s in Low Cal & High Protein Ice-Cream?

Regular ice-cream contains easily identifiable ingredients like milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk and so on. The ingredients in low-cal and high protein ice-creams are significantly different, with some containing ingredients you might have never heard of, like:

Protein: Different brands will have different types of protein, but a common one is milk protein isolate.

Stevia: Stevia is made from a super sweet herbaceous plant. It’s a non-nutritive sweetener, meaning it doesn’t have any kilojoules or carbohydrates, and is about 100 times sweeter than regular sugar.

Erythritol: Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which isn’t metabolised by our body during digestion; it is also calorie free. While safe for consumption, it can cause an upset stomach in some people.

Xylitol: Xylitol is another sugar alcohol.

Prebiotic fibre: To make low-cal ice-creams “high fibre”, many of these ice creams contain prebiotic fibres, also known as inulin. These help to bulk out the ice cream and basically give it more texture (with no calories).

Organic vegetable gum: Vegetable gums are made up of indigestible polysaccharides. They’re often used in processed foods because of their texture and how they increase shelf life.

High Protein Vs Low Cal Ice-Cream

Now, it’s important to note not all low calorie ice-creams are high in protein. In fact, most of them aren’t. However, in most cases, high protein ice-creams are low in calories. Make sense? There aren’t too many high calorie ice-creams available in Australia at this point in time, but there are plenty in the US, which means it’s only a matter of time before it hits our shores.

As such, in the table below we’ve broken down the target market of each brand, i.e. – is it marketed as low calorie? High protein? Both? We’ve also broken down the macros and pricing per serve.

The Best Aussie Low Cal & High Protein Ice-Cream Brands

Below is a list of some of the most popular and easily available low calorie and/or high-protein “healthy” ice-creams in Australia. We’ve chosen all chocolate versions for some kind of consistency, and broken down the macros to per 100g, also for an equal measuring stick. Here’s what else you need to know about them.

Calories Compared to Regular Ice-Cream

When you consider the calories in low-cal ice-cream compared to regular ice-cream, at first glance they seem on par. For example, Aussie favourite Bulla Choc Chip ice-cream has 108 calories per serve, with just 11.8 grams of carbohydrates. It’s pretty similar to the low calorie ice-creams. However, you need to be careful and consider the serving size. Bulla’s Choc Chip ice-cream serving size is 47g, whereas most of the low-cal options are anywhere from 60g to 85g.

For example, Halo Top’s Chocolate ice-cream’s serving size is 85g with 100 calories per serve and 18g of sugar. That means in reality, regular ice-cream can have around double the calories of low-cal ice-cream. But at the end of the day, regular ice-cream isn’t too bad compared to low-cal options (as long as you mind your servings and you read the ingredients list).

Fan Favourites

According to the sub-reddit r/1200 Australia (which is a low-calorie living sub-reddit), the fan faves when it comes to low-cal and high protein ice-cream is Tilly’s, Halo Top, YoPro and FroPro. I personally enjoy Denada the best as I think it tastes the most like ice cream, followed by Halo Top.

For the Gluten Free and Vegans

Most of the above ice-creams have gluten-free and vegan versions, you just need to be mindful and read the ingredients. Over the Moo is probably the best option for vegans as all of their products are dairy and egg free, with most being gluten-free as well.

Other Healthy Dessert Alternatives

If you don’t love ice cream or would rather make your own low-cal, high-protein dessert at home from scratch, why not give these a try?

Make your own protein

Make your own protein custard

Make or order your own protein donuts

Enjoy low calorie jelly and protein custard

Psssst – Check Out The Rest of Our Ice-Cream Data

If you want more info about the best low calorie, high protein ice-creams in Australia – good news, we have all the important details written down in a handy spreadsheet, which you can view here.

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