Diet or Lifestyle?
When I speak to family, friends or even post on this blog, I rarely refer to being on a “Keto Diet”… to be honest, I’m not fond of the word “diet”. First of all the word “Die” is in the word diet and I’m a firm believer that words have meaning and I don’t need the extra negativity. Words have the meaning that you attach to them and in this case the word “Diet” to me means that you’re giving something up, you’re denying yourself….”Oh no, I can’t have that cake, it not on my diet“. Instead, I much rather say that I’m following a low carb or Ketogenic lifestyle….”No, thank you, no cake for me, I’m trying to stay low carb”. Semantics I get it…. in either case I don’t get to eat the damn cake, but on the one hand I can’t do something and on the other I’m striving towards something else. Plus the word “Diet” is set up for failure….you can “break your diet” or “fall off your diet”, you can even “crash diet” (That sounds horrifying!). Whereas with a low carb or Ketogenic lifestyle you can’t ‘break your lifestyle”…no one “falls off their lifestyle” and you certainly can’t crash your lifestyle! So getting back to that friggin’ cake, if I’m on a diet and cut a small sliver and eat it, I’ve broken my diet. If I’m following a low carb lifestyle, and I eat that same piece of cake I haven’t broken my lifestyle… I’ve simply tried a piece of the cake. I know… I know… Words… but words have meaning!
In order for this to feel like a “lifestyle” instead of a “diet” there needs to be suitable replacements for foods that you love that still support the lifestyle. I’m a HUGE ice cream fan….OMG I could knock off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food with alarming speed and efficiency. It was rare when a pint lasted more than the one sitting. Well it’s not that I can’t have an ice cream because it’s not on my “diet”… it’s I need to find a replacement treat (ice cream) that supports my ketogenic lifestyle
Rebel Creamery Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Rebel Creamery is owned by founders Austin & Courtney Archibald. They live in Midway, Utah. They started a ketogenic way of eating in early 2017 and grew frustrated with commercial ice creams that were low fat, contained added sugar and/or other non-keto ingredients. They founded Rebel Creamery to develop the first high fat, low carb, no sugar added ice cream using only keto-friendly ingredients. They also hope to use their ice cream to entice others to learn about and try a ketogenic lifestyle. (See?…they have a lifestyle too!)
Here’s what they say about their Ice Cream:
HEALTHY ICE CREAM?
Eating healthy is far more than just counting calories. It’s counting the makeup of those calories. 100 calories of sugar has a very different impact on your body than 100 calories of healthy fats.
We believe the healthiest diet is one high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and very low in sugar. Rebel Ice Cream uses only all-natural, high quality ingredients that are keto-friendly. All ingredients are very low glycemic and will not kick you out of a fat-burning state. We sweeten the ice cream with natural sweeteners that don’t raise your blood sugar or upset your stomach.
But Rebel Ice Cream isn’t like other “healthy” ice creams. The high fat content gives it the creamy texture of real ice cream. The perfect blend of natural sweeteners gives it the sweetness of real ice cream. In other words, this is real ice cream without any of the sugar! However, since there is no sugar, it is best to let the ice cream soften for 10-15 minutes before you eat it.
I saw the Salted Caramel Ice cream in our local supermarket as I was passing thru the refrigerated section heading towards the empty wasteland once known as the paper goods aisle.
Ingredients: Cream, Water, Erythritol, Chicory Root Fiber, Egg Yolks, Vegetable Glycerin, Milk Protein Isolate, Natural
Caramel Flavors, Butter, Salt, Peruvian Carob Gum, Guar Gum, Monk Fruit, Carob Gum, Cocoa, Sunflower Lecithin, Annatto.
Contains: milk, egg
Let’s do a little of the math so that we see how this fit’s into a ketogenic lifestyle
Each serving (2/3 cup) contains 17g of carbs, subtract 5g of dietary fiber and 10g of sugar alcohol (Erythritol) and you’re left with 2g net carbs per serving…apparently they round up on the nutritional calculations because they claim that the entire pint is 5g of net carbs.
I like that they list facts on the entire pint because who eats a pint in 3 or 4 sittings?
The key difference between total carbs and net carbs is that total carbs include all the different types of carb in a food or meal. These include starches, dietary fiber, and sugars. Net carbs, on the other hand, only include carbs that the body can fully digest into glucose
The Taste Test
One important note with Low carb/Keto ice cream is that they freeze pretty thoroughly, which can be good if you’re in a remote area or your local grocery store isn’t carrying this brand and you need to order it online, it will travel well on dry ice. The downside is that you’ll need/want to take your pint out of your freezer 15- 25 minutes before you break into it. Otherwise, the ice cream will be really hard on the crumbly side.
I waited the aforementioned 15 minutes and the ice cream was still a little hard, but OK for the most part. The were swirls of caramel visibly seen in the pint but the “caramel” flavor was more on the subtle side. As a matter of fact “subtle” is a good description of this pint. It wasn’t overly sweet, there was a distinct caramel flavor but not overbearing and I never really got the “salted” flavor.
Rebel Creamery really does a nice job and I highly recommend that you take a look at some Keto desserts that they offer. While I certainly will be finishing this pint at some point, I’m not so sure that I would buy this flavor again. There’s nothing bad about this flavor… but it’s not what I remember when I think of salted caramel, the flavor was too subtle for this to be considered a favorite.
I would give this 3.5 Ole’s out of 5
Have you tried this flavor? Let me know what you think in the comments below!