Keto fans, meet your new go-to dessert. Enlightened, a healthy ice cream brand with pints, bars, and dairy-free options, announced today a line of keto-friendly pints rolling out in stores now.

Each pint has one gram of net carbs per serving and less than one gram of sugar. They’re made with cream and milk to hit the high-fat, low-carb keto goal and are sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol, zero-calorie natural sweeteners that won’t cause spikes in blood sugar.

As for the flavors, Enlightened launched seven to start: Butter Pecan, Chocolate Glazed Donut, Coffee and Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Red Velvet. If you’re wondering the difference between Chocolate PB and PB Fudge, the former is a chocolate base with peanut butter swirl while the latter is a peanut butter base with a fudge swirl.

I tried most of them (oops) at a media preview and can confirm they don’t taste at all like “healthy” ice cream. The cream helps with that, of course, and there’s no hint of aftertaste like you find in some pints. The Coffee and Cream was my favorite, and fans of Enlightened’s Cold Brew flavor or regular coffee ice cream will likely enjoy that one, too.

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The pints are rolling out to grocery stores including ShopRite, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Publix, and they’ll be available in 8,000 stores by October. Around that time, the brand will also release keto-friendly bars in four flavors: Dark Chocolate, Marshmallow Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. With the keto roll-out, Enlightened added online ordering, too.

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Can I Eat Enlightened Ice Cream?

Checking labels, scouring ingredients, and researching words you don’t know… Eating to fit a specific diet or lifestyle can be time-consuming and exhausting! (We know, we’ve been there. The Enlightened team includes people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto, and lactose-free… just to name a few.)

To simplify the guessing game of what you can eat to fit your lifestyle, we’ve compiled a quick list for you that answers the question: can I eat Enlightened ice cream?

✅ Keto

Enlightened ice cream is high protein, low sugar, and contains as few as 3 net carbs. Some of our most keto-friendly flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cold Brew Coffee, and Snickerdoodle.

✅ Vegetarian

Enlightened ice cream is completely veggie-friendly.

✅ Diabetic

Enlightened ice cream is an excellent choice for individuals with diabetes. A low GI (glycemic index) food, thanks to its low sugar and high protein and fiber content, Enlightened ice cream doesn’t cause the blood sugar spikes and crashes that are common with products in the ice cream aisle.

✅ Kosher

Enlightened ice cream is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

✅ Weight Watchers

Our ice cream bars and pints contain 2-4 SmartPoints per serving. Some of our favorites are Cold Brew Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel, and Mint Chocolate Chip!

✅ Vegan

Our dairy-free pints are 100% vegan and made with almond milk. (Our classic pints are not vegan and made with skim milk.)

⚠ Soy-free

Many of our ice creams are soy-free. We do have some ice cream flavors that contain soy lecithin. These flavors are Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate, Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, Glazed Donut, and Mint Chocolate Chip.

⚠ Gluten-free

All of our ice cream bars are gluten-free, except Cookies & Cream. Of our ice cream pints, Cookies & Cream, Brownies & Cookie Dough, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough pints contain gluten.

⚠ Lactose-free

Lactose sensitivity varies from person to person. We’ve been told by some individuals with lactose intolerance that they can eat Enlightened ice cream without discomfort. However, individuals should determine, based on their own level of intolerance, whether they can enjoy Enlightened ice cream. Plus, our dairy-free pints are always an option and made with almond milk.

Enlightened Ice Cream Keto Collection Review Best to Worst

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Enlightened ice cream keto collection is the brands answer to the keto diet. Each flavor in the collection is only 1g net carb per serving for each pint. Enlightened is typically a low calorie ice cream not a keto friendly one. That has change and now we have a store-bought keto ice cream that is delicious and creamy. I review each flavor and rank from best to worst!

Where to buy Enlightened ice cream keto collection?

You can find these flavors in local grocery stores now. They are fairly new so either the store may carry a few flavors or won’t carry any just yet. Sadly keto ice cream still isn’t proven to sell to some business owners but they are surely catching on. We want our ice cream!

It sells out as soon as it’s release so the brand will catch on quickly. Below are the typical stores you can find Enlightened in. If you are in a lower population are there’s a option to order online. The ice cream is shipped via dry ice and from someone who has purchased through mail the ice cream stays rock hard. My shipping box even sat outside in the summer weather for a few hours and still was rock solid.

  • Online

  • Sprouts (Best option for stores I’ve seen)

  • Harris Teeter

  • Whole Foods

  • Giant

  • Publix

  • Shaws

  • Wegmans

  • Stop and Shop

  • Kroger

  • Safeway

Is Enlightened keto friendly?

This is debatable. Although each flavor is only 1g net carb each there are some undesirable ingredients. Two ingredients in particular are non-GMO soluble corn fiber and sugar. For what it’s worth there is only one flavor with sugar and it’s pretty minimal. But all flavors contain soluble corn fiber. Below I will list all nutrition facts via Enlightened ice creams website. In the video review below I actual test my glucose response to the ice cream.

Enlightened ice cream keto collection flavors ranked

Butter pecan ice cream with roasted pecan pieces.

I chose this flavor off taste alone being I don’t like the ingredients. It’s very buttery and the pecans give it the true essence of what butter pecan should be.

Nutrition facts via their website:

2. Red Velvet

Red velvet ice cream swirled with cream cheese frosting

In loving red velvet I am very critical about this particular flavor. However, I have always though next to Ben and Jerry’s, Enlightened makes the best red velvet flavor. The cream cheese is very lacking this may be do to the need to keep the carbs low. A theme I saw in all their swirls in this collection. Yet, when you did get the cream cheese it was perfection.

Even without the cream cheese the red velvet ice cream has a great light chocolate flavor which it should have. There is a distinctive taste from this flavor and their chocolate as it should be.

Nutrition facts via their website:

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter

Chocolate ice cream with a creamy peanut butter swirl

None of these flavors are new. They are all a part of the overall Enlightened brands flavors. The chocolate here has a nice fudge chocolate flavor similar to a frosty. Due to the lack of fat it isn’t as good as Rebel Creamery yet still tasty. The swirl is there but it’s minimal. Just enough to taste. In conclusion, the overall flavor is great.

Nutrition facts via their website:

4. Mint Chocolate Chunk

Mint ice cream with more chocolate chunks

I have a new love for mint ice cream now. So I was excited to try this flavor. Sadly, it taste doesn’t have the same feel as the dairy-free flavor. That’s fine because the other was a cookies and cream flavor. This one does the job!

A delicious mint ice cream with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate chunks throughout.

Nutrition facts via their website:

5. Coffee & Cream

Coffee ice cream

I feel Enlightened ice cream’s coffee flavors always have the best ingredients in all their collections. And I love them all!

This one is no different. It’s simple and effective. A nice smooth coffee ice cream with a cappicino flavor.

Nutrition facts via their website:

6. Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut butter ice cream with a chocolate fudge swirl

So, this flavor fell flat for me. Not that it was nasty but no where as good as the others. The peanut butter was a bit faint to me. Yes, you did get peanut butter ice cream just not a lot of it. Fudge swirl was a bit thin as mentioned above but this isn’t a flavor I’d purchase again.

Nutrition facts via their website:

7. Chocolate Glazed Donut

Glazed donut ice cream with a chocolate icing swirl

Honestly, this flavor was good. Actually better than the previous. Why is it last? It doesn’t taste like what it is suppose to.

It taste like birthday cake minus the sprinkles. I like birthday cake but what if I didn’t. I would be a bit upset by this. I am not being harsh on Enlightened here due to the fact I don’t even know how they’d pull this off anyway. Just a casualty of the ranking system that’s all.

Nutrition facts via their website:

Enlightened Ice Cream Just Released 11 New Keto-Friendly Flavors

Good news, keto dieters: One of your fave keto ice cream brands just got even more keto-friendly.

Enlightened, a low-sugar, low-calorie, high-protein ice cream brand, just made its foray into the keto world with a new line of keto-approved ice creams. The ice cream literally launched today, people—and according to the press release, it’s the lowest net-carb ice cream on the market.

But it goes even further: Enlightened is also the first ice cream brand on a national level to launch a keto-specific ice cream line. It will roll out in 6,000 stores nationwide—like ShopRite, Wegmans, and Publix—by October.

The main goal of Enlightened’s keto ice cream? To give everyone the ability to enjoy it, regardless of their eating plan. “We recognize that there are many paths to achieving a healthier lifestyle, so we are constantly working on new products and collections to satisfy a wide variety of nutritional needs,” Enlightened CEO and founder Michael Shoretz said in the press release. (FYI: Enlightened also released dairy-free and vegan options last year, continuing that trend.)

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But now, it’s time for the important stuff: the keto-friendly flavors and nutrition information. All new pints and bars—there are seven and four new flavors, respectively—contain less than one gram of sugar and have only one gram of net carbs per serving. They’re also made with real cream, so hello to being fat-friendly. As far as sweeteners go, each product is made with monkfruit and erythritol—aka, zero-calorie sweeteners that won’t spike blood sugar.

Here’s how every single new flavor breaks down—all 11 different products—nutritionally speaking:

Enlightened Keto Butter Pecan

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  • 200 calories
  • 18 g fat
  • 50 mg sodium
  • 10 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 7 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Chocolate Glazed Donut

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  • 200 calories
  • 16 g fat
  • 50 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter

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  • 200 calories
  • 17 g fat
  • 80 mg sodium
  • 10 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 1 g sugar
  • 7 g sugar alcohol
  • 4 g protein

Enlightened Keto Coffee & Cream

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  • 170 calories
  • 15 g fat
  • 30 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Mint Chocolate Chunk

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  • 180 calories
  • 16 g fat
  • 35 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Peanut Butter Fudge

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  • 190 calories
  • 17 g fat
  • 45 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 3 g protein

Enlightened Keto Red Velvet

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  • 180 calories
  • 16 g fat
  • 55 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Mint Chocolate Chip Bar

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  • 180 calories
  • 16 g fat
  • 35 mg sodium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 8 g sugar alcohol
  • 2 g protein

Enlightened Keto Marshmallow Peanut Butter Bar

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  • 190 calories
  • 17 g fat
  • 75 mg sodium
  • 10 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 1 g sugar
  • 7 g sugar alcohol
  • 3 g protein

Why I’m Breaking Up with “Healthy” Ice Cream

Everyone and their mom is “into health and fitness” these days-and don’t get me wrong, that’s great. Only good things can come from having more healthy, happy people in this world. (Yay workout endorphins and vegetables!)

But because these topics are ~super trendy~ RN, people looove to share what they’re doing every step of the way-including endorsing workouts or diets they love, and trying things they’ve seen other people blast on the Internet. It’s like the modern-day, adult version of peer pressure: If everyone is going Paleo, and doing juice cleanses, and Instagramming from SoulCycle, you should probably do it too, right? If it worked for them, it’s gotta work for you. (BTW, social media isn’t always great for your health.)

And that’s exactly what’s happening with this damn ice cream.

ICYMI, “healthy” ice cream brands are blowing up too. Halo Top, Arctic Zero, and Enlightened are debatably the best-loved brands (at least on Insta), and clock in at just 240 to 300 calories per pint. Then there’s Wink Desserts, which boasts a 100-calorie pint (say whaaaa). In one 1/2-cup serving from their chocolate pints, Halo Top, Arctic Zero, and Enlightened each have about 35 to 60 calories, 3 to 5g of protein, 3 to 5g of sugar, and 0 to 2g of fat. Wink has just 25 calories, 2g protein, 0g sugar, and 0.5g fat. Their nutritional facts (compared to 1/2 cup of chocolate Häagen-Dazs, which has 260 calories, 5g protein, 19g sugar, and 17g fat) seem like straight magic, am I right?

For this exact reason, when I first tried these ice creams about a year ago, I was hooked. The kinda-bloated feeling and weird aftertaste were worth the fact that I could eat an entire pint of this low-calorie, high-fiber, high-protein ice cream and still be within the caloric and macronutrient parameters of having a “healthy” day. The flavors were surprisingly diverse and totally filled my stomach while satisfying my raging sweet tooth. Not to mention, it was so low-cal that I could afford to top it with peanut butter, cereal, banana, and whatever other treats I wanted. “This is the perpetually hangry fit girl’s dream,” I thought, and immediately told all my friends to try it. (You’ll die at this if you know what it’s like to be constantly hungry.)

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Somewhere along the way, I forgot about this ice cream. I never made the distinct decision to stop eating it, but instead, I was treating myself with full-fat Ben and Jerry’s on the weekends. Yeah, I couldn’t dietarily “afford” to eat these treats every night, but some chocolate and a spoonful of peanut butter were enough to satiate my sweet tooth for the night, and the occasional splurge on a high-fat, high-sugar, high-cal treat felt 100 percent welcome.

One day, I found myself with not one but six free pints of this “healthy” ice cream. I proudly brought it home and told my roommate she was going to be ~obsessed~ because we could basically eat all of them in one sitting and it’d be totally chill. We snuggled in with a chick flick, a bottle of wine, two spoons, some pints, and went to work. (Zero shame.) After a few spoonfuls, we looked at each other and put them down. Bleh. I had zero desire to put this meh-tasting ice cream in my mouth just for the sake of it being healthy. I no longer wanted to eat an entire pint of this stuff just because I could. Six months later, we still hadn’t reopened them. The freezer-burned cartons ended up in the trash during spring cleaning.

While my fascination with these “healthy” ice creams has waned, the social media fanbase seems to be gaining steam. I see proud selfies and product shots posted by every fit-fluencer I follow, and every time I see one on my newsfeed, I can still taste the mediocrity in my mouth.

The thing with insanely healthy processed treats is this: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. To me (and many other health professionals who are experts on this stuff), healthy eating is about eating fresh, whole foods-foods that humans have messed with as little as possible.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Just think about it: If they took out the calories, fat, and sugar (the things that naturally make things taste delish), how the hell do companies make this stuff taste good? Take your eyes off the nutritional facts and take a look at the ingredients instead. Chances are, anything that’s devoid of sugar but still tastes sweet is full of sugar alcohols: erythritol, xylitol, and many other ingredients that end in “-ol.” (Check out your sugarless chewing gum.) Those little guys are great for causing bloating and digestion issues. (Here’s what else you need to know about sugar alcohols.) You’ll also likely see carob gum and/or guar gum, a thickener that may cause your gut to overproduce bacteria. While none these ingredients are outright *eViL*, I’m not the biggest fan of bloating.

That chocolate Häagen-Dazs may have more fat and sugar in one serving than the others have in the entire pint, but at least the ingredients are things you could find in your fridge: cream, skim milk, sugar, processed cocoa, and egg yolks. Plus, the fat in regular ice cream can help satiate you so you might not even want to eat the whole thing. The milk gives you some much-needed calcium to help fight osteoporosis. Your mouth (and gut) will probably be happier too. And isn’t that better than 300 throwaway calories?

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All that aside, tell me which sounds better: enjoying a little bit of indulgent ice cream or teaching yourself to tolerate an imposter? I’m not saying that these “healthy” ice creams don’t taste good to some people. But if you’ve had real ice cream anytime in the last month, you’ll know that the frozen treat touching your taste buds is a sham. Personally, I’d choose to treat myself to just one or two scoops of Edy’s slow-churned or Talenti gelato (because that ish is GOOD)-not fill my belly to the brim with something that’s second-rate. (I also love burpees, so maybe I’m just an extremist?)

In a society obsessed with more, more, more, the allure of this “healthy” ice cream is that it offers a way to have your cake (er, ice cream?) and eat it too. It says, “Yes, you can binge on me and still feel healthy.” It says, “There’s no need for portion control-lick the bottom of the carton. It’s totally cool.” The focus is on quantity over quality. But is it really a treat if there’s nothing inherently treat-like about it? If you want a dessert, you should have a freaking dessert.

I’m not saying I have a perfect relationship with food (does anyone, really?). I may eat that whole pint of gelato if I feel like it. I’m not saying “healthy” ice cream is the only problem; there are plenty of questionable low-cal foods that I’d argue against in the same way. I’m also not saying you have to agree with me. Each person’s health and fitness ~journey~ is different. If you want to eat “healthy” ice cream, then, by all means, do so. We all have our vices.

As for me? I feel better with a whole lot of kale and a generous scoop of full-fat Phish Food-and I’m going to Instagram that. Because life is too freakin’ short to eat ice cream you don’t like.

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High-protein, low-calorie ice creams seem to be everywhere these days—and for good reason. They satisfy your sweet tooth without being sugar and calorie bombs. But get ready for this: One fan-favorite “nice cream” brand, Enlightened, has taken its frozen treat game to the next level with a *keto* ice cream line that fits your macros perrrrfectly.

Enlightened’s brand-new Keto Collection (announced today) is the lowest net-carb ice cream on the market, so people on a ketogenic or low-carb diet can enjoy delicious ice cream without compromising on nutrition. Look for the new pints and bars in 3,000 locations, including Whole Foods, Publix, Stop & Shop, and Shoprite, this week.

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What’s inside? For each new pint or bar, one serving size has less than 1 gram of sugar and only 1 gram of net carbs, and it’s made with real cream to help those keto fans out on getting those fat macros for ketosis. Oh, and the Keto Collection pint flavors will wow you:

  • Butter Pecan
  • Chocolate Glazed Donut
  • Coffee & Cream
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate Chunk
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Red Velvet

The bar flavors to look out for are:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Marshmallow Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Wait, so is this ice cream *really* keto-friendly?

Seems too good to be true, right? Well, good news—it is actually keto. The ice cream is sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol, two zero-calorie natural sweeteners that won’t spike blood sugar. (A heads up: Zero-calorie sweeteners can cause stomach upset for some people.)
“Having a serving of this ice cream will not knock you out of ketosis,” says Scott Keatley, RD, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy. So, if you do have a serving, your ketone levels will be fine. You can definitely think of the ice cream as a treat that’s keto-approved.

But is it healthy?

The ice cream is in ½ cup servings with about 200 calories each, which is not a lot. And there are 5 grams of fiber and a delicious taste, which makes it a winner in the ice cream world.

But keep in mind that it’s still ice cream, and not, well, Brussels sprouts (obviously). “While the ice cream has only about 4 grams of sugar (carbohydrates that can be digested), it does not offer the nutrient profile of our green leafy vegetable friends, though,” Keatley points out. “For people on the keto diet, which is very strict carb control, I would not recommend wasting any of the carbs you have available on ice cream. But for individuals on a low-carbohydrate diet or maybe even type-2 diabetics that are looking for a good dessert, this is excellent,” he continues.

While everyone’s body and needs are slightly different, typically folks on the keto diet aim to get 60 to 75 percent of calories from fat, 15 to 30 percent of calories from protein, and only 5 to 10 percent of calories from carbs, Keatley says. “That usually means eating no more than 50 grams of carbs a day, and some strict keto dieters even opt for just 20 grams a day,” he explains. So, those carbs are pretty damn precious.

Still though, if you do have an ice cream craving and you’re on the keto diet, you can totally enjoy this new option from Enlightened if you’re aware that you’re using some of your carbs on a treat, rather than on a more nutritionally dense food. It’s really a personal choice.

“This is a treat, so, maybe once or twice a week,” Keatley recommends. “If you’re going to have ice cream on a ketogenic diet, this is among the best,” he says.

So, get that spoon ready and dig in.

Isadora Baum Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, certified health coach, and author of 5-Minute Energy.

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