I don’t know about you, but my Instagram timeline has been filled with people eating Enlightened Ice Cream. It’s like suddenly out of nowhere, Enlightened has become the new Ben & Jerrys for fitness models! Whilst I like the idea that you can enjoy a super low calorie dessert, I was slightly dubious that it ws really going to be like ice cream – or even frozen yoghurt, for that matter.
After reading the ingredients list, I was baffled at how this dessert could even be the same texture as ice cream. Now, I’ll be honest and say that I only tried that plain vanilla flavor, so I can only really speak on that experience. I’m pretty sure that the chocolate flavors will probably taste a little different, but I’m yet to try those flavors so I’ll save them for a later review a little further down the line.
The reason that I said I don’t know how this can be similar to ice cream? Well, the ingredients of course! It’s primary ingredient is skim milk; fine, that’s pretty normal for a diet ice cream nowadays. But, it’s least used ingredients are sugar and cream – the foundation of any good ice cream!
Instead of using sugar, Enlightened use a mixture of monk fruit extract and erythitol – both naturally occurring sweeteners that you’re going to find in a lot of dieting products (less so with monk fruit extract, but it’s becoming more popular). And instead of using cream, Enlightened use Milk Protein Isolate; this helps the thicken the dessert, as well as increase the protein content of the ice cream.
Anyway, let’s have a look at a few things that I noted whilst eating the Enlightened Ice Cream;
Now I’ll admit, I did read some online reviews before eating this ice cream to check the general consensus. Whilst the majority of reviews I read were saying “OMG this is AMAZING!” because they had obviously been sent the ice cream for free, there were a few honest ones amongst them.
The honest reviews seemed to imply that this ice cream wasn’t as creamy as what you may get with a regular ice cream. I’d probably disagree with this – I found it to be extremely creamy! This sis likely due to the amount of protein isolate that’s used, which adds to the texture of the dessert.
The taste of the ice cream is pretty bland, in my opinion. I guess I did just try the plain vanilla version, so I can’t speak for all of the flavors but yeah.. it didn’t taste as good as a regular ice cream, which I’m guessing is the goal of these protein ice creams that have become more and more popular recently.
This is likely because it doesn’t have the sugar and cream that you’d use in a regular ice cream. So, I can’t really argue with the fact that this doesn’t taste like a regular ice cream. Like many foods that try and put a healthy spin on things, it’s literally impossible to maintain the same taste with this.
That doesn’t necessarily mean to say that the taste of ice cream is bad, by the way. It’s still pretty good. But, it’s just not quite as good as what you’d get with a regular ice cream, in my opinion.
To conclude, in all honesty I probably wouldn’t consider purchasing this ice cream again. I love the fact that it’s so low in calories, but for that that isn’t really worth the lack of taste. I’d much prefer to have a higher calorie ice cream and cut the calories out somewhere else!