Apr 8, 2018

Review: New Arctic Zero!

Ice cream is probably my favorite dessert and I love finding ice cream varieties that are less heavy than the standard. Ice cream is delicious and the fully indulgent stuff is good now and then, but having regular ice cream daily can make me feel sluggish and weighed down, which is no fun at all.

Arctic Zero is a pioneer in the light, high protein ice cream alternative space, but for a while there they were edged out by Halo Top for tastiness - the original Arctic Zero creamy pints and even the newer chunky pints just didn't have the same creamy mouthfeel of full fat ice cream. No wonder, since they're more of a frozen protein shake. Still, when you're feeling less virtuous, it didn't quite hit the spot. The new Arctic Zero flavors, made with real cream and no sugar alcohols, do!

These pints are still better for you than traditional ice cream - they're mostly 360 calories per pint, with a few flavors just under that, and are lower in fat and sugar than traditional ice cream. They also come in plenty of delicious flavors!

Arctic Zero Ice Cream

I was most excited to try the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies, Cookies & Cream, and Cookie & Brownie Dough pints, but the Toffee Crunch was a close second.

Light Ice Cream Review Arctic Zero

Bae was most excited for the Chocolate Chunk (because if anyone loves chocolate more than me, it's him), as well as the Mint & Chocolate Cookies.

Lastly, there's the Vanilla Bean - it's the lightest of the flavors, just 280 calories for a whole pint, and is a great, creamy base for milkshakes, topping for pies, etc.

Mar 15, 2018

Getting Personal: Life Update and a New Blog Direction

I haven't blogged in a while, hello again!

Typical Girl

Still just me, being my normal self... I've decided to make the blog more personal, because food is great, but life is much more fun. So, in the spirit of that, let's start with some grand scale life updates.

I had a cat. I no longer have a cat.

I lived on the Upper West Side for half a minute (or almost a year, same thing though) with three roommates. I will soon no longer live on the UWS, nor will I have three roommates. 

New York Girl

I am seriously always moving, guys, it's a problem - but calm yourselves, it will still be Manhattan - my little immigrant heart has taken to NYC and it's as much home as anywhere ever has been or ever could be.

Helmut Lang Leather Skirt

After all, where will I find such a high concentration of fellow bloggers and awesome women who simultaneously love fashion as much as I do, and are totally killing it in the aggressive professional tracks they/we pursue?

I almost went to San Francisco (first time ever!) for a company holiday party. I did a CVS Health photoshoot in Rhode Island instead, but now I'm going to SF in a month for a week-long co-working thing. I believe I'll be not only co-working, but also co-habitating with my co-workers. Phew, that's a lot of 'co'-ing! Luckily, they're awesome people.

I received some promotions at work and it's made my super busy. Somehow I ended up doing sales?? I also talk on the phone a lot now, which is the stuff of little me's nightmares. I'm not sure how that happened, but HALP, guys.

Mar 12, 2018

Review: No Cow

If you're at all into fitness and you've been anywhere near Instagram, you've seen the craze about Quest bars. Low carb, low sugar, high protein and high fiber, they're great - unfortunately, they're not vegan-friendly. If you're plantbased, or just trying to go dairy free, then they're just not an option, since they lean heavily on whey protein.

Bummer.

Luckily, there's a bar with as impressive stats as Quest bars and a much more natural (and plantbased) ingredients list!

No Cow Bar Review

No Cow bars started as D's Naturals quite some time ago, but have since expanded and reformulated their bars. While I enjoyed the original No Cow bars occasionally (and I really liked their nutritional stats and virtuous ingredients lists) they were a bit dry/crumbly tasting sometimes. The flavors were delicious, though, the textures could just use some work.

The new formula has taken care of that!

No Cow Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Review

These bars are moist, flavorful, sweet (but naturally sweetened and still incredibly low in sugar), and while they're higher calorie than the original bars and now some of them contain palm oil, they're not more than comparative sized protein bars, both vegan and not.

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