I tried every low calorie ice cream and this post (and lots of happiness) is all I got from it

I first tried Halo Top Ice cream when it first came out, about 5 years ago. I tried the lemon flavor and was pretty impressed but never pursued it any further. Honestly, I am more of a chocolate ice cream person and was underwhelmed by the flavor choices. However, in the Spring of 2017 I discovered there was new flavors and I immediately needed to try them all, starting with Halo Top Birthday Cake. 

Although Halo Top was the original low calorie, light ice cream there are now other brands popping up with their own version. I have tried Enlightened, Breyers Delights, Slim Twin, and even the Moo-phoria Ben and Jerry's version. Here is my review of every one I am tried:

Halo Top

Vanilla Bean: Solid flavor if you are a vanilla fan. I find this flavor needs more time to soften. I loved putting this on top of protein pancakes that I made

Chocolate: I love chocolate. I love buying this flavor and then doing one scoop of chocolate mixed with other flavors. This also needs more time to soften

Lemon Cake: This is a nice mix in if you want a fruity flavor. I find this has a weird taste so it is not the best lemon taste I have had. 

Strawberry: I LOVE strawberry but this is also one of my favorite ice cream flavors. Takes more time to soften for sure but its a great option. 

Mint Chip: Eh. It's nice if you are craving the mint flavor but overall not one of my favorites.

Chocolate Mocha Chip: This flavor is not memorable. It really just tastes like chocolate with some chips thrown in.

Birthday Cake: Amazing if you love those birthday cake flavors! It is pretty sweet so it's hard to consume the whole pint in one sitting

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Eh. This is good but does not truly satisfy my cookie dough ice cream cravings

Peanut Butter Cup: Favorite flavor! This one is amazing and has great chunks of peanut butter in it.

Cookies and Cream: Not a great option. The taste is dull and this does not satisfy my cookies and cream cravings. I have to say the Enlightened Cookies and Cream is the best I have had

Sea Salt Caramel: I like this one! I love a good caramel flavor

S'mores: This has to be my least favorite halo top. The taste is weird on this

Pistachio: Undisputed underdog! I actually LOVE this flavor and thing it has a great taste and texture

Oatmeal Cookie: Great option! A little "icy" sometimes but i love all the flavors.

Chocolate Almond Crunch: Not memorable... it tastes like chocolate with a hint of odd almond flavoring

Black Cherry: Love this flavor! When I am craving a little fruit flavor this is a great option. I lvoe this mix this with the chocolate flavor.

Red Velvet: Underwhelming. Especially as I am a HUGE red velvet fan this one is a disappointment. It doesn't taste bad but its not anything special. 

Cinnamon Roll: Awesome flavor! Great texture and super cinnamon-y

Pancake and Waffles: This is great! Tastes like maple syrup and has a great texture to it.

Chocolate Covered Banana: Probably my second favorite flavor. I love this!

Mochi Green Tea: I love this flavor but you have to be accustomed the green tea flavor that is popular in a lot of Japanese products. I love the texture with the mochi in it. 

Rainbow Swirl: Brings me back to my childhood with rainbow ice cream. Basically like sorbet and is very sweet but delicious. 

Candy Bar: Tastes like snickers. I loveee this flavor because of that. It has a great texture as well.

Caramel Macchiato: Great flavor. The "coffee" taste is strong in this so if you do not like the coffee flavor then be advised

Special Flavors:

Gingerbread- amazing.

Pumpkin Pie- amazing.

Peanut Butter and Jelly- amazing. 

Cannot say enough good things about all of the seasonal and Gold Edition flavors I have tried. They have all been so satisfying. 

Enlightened

** I found with the Enlightened product you have to let them sit out and soften for like 15 minutes before consuming. Sometimes I microwave for 15 seconds when I am being inpatient

Red Velvet: Amazing! The best red velvet flavor I have had. You have to let them soften for awhile but the swirls of "icing" are amazing 

Sea Salt Caramel: Great- There is a ton of actual caramel in here which I love!

Birthday Cake - honestly not much different from Halo Top Birthday Cake but still yummy!

Cookies and Cream - this is the BOMB. This might be one of . my favorite low cal ice creams. Actually tastes like cookies and cream ice cream.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- Solid flavor. I love the chips and the peanut butter taste is good.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- Good but not as notable as some of the other flavors.

Brownies and Cookie Dough - I was SO excited when I saw this flavor but honestly not one of my favorites. I do love the chunks though

Mint Chocolate Chip - Yum! I love that this is very green… brings me back to my childhood.

Chocolate Peanut Butter- like CHUNKS of peanut butter. Absolutely delicious.

Breyer’s Delights

Rasberry Fudge - I love this! The other brands do not have a flavor like this.

Cookies and Cream - Unremarkable. Not a bad option but I still prefer the Enlightened version!

Ben and Jerry’s Moo-phoria

Note: These are higher calorie than any of the other brands for sure. They are good but nothing WOW’d be so much that it’s worth the sacrifice of the extra sugar and calories.

Chocolate Milk and Cookies - Very good. I love the cookie chunks.

Carmel Cookie Fix - My least favorite flavor. The carmel is good but the rest is just alright.

P.B Dough - VERY rich! Lots of chocolate and cookie dough chunks

Anyways…. as you can see I have been doing a lot of low cal ice cream eating and have now decided I need a break. I hope you can learn from my experience and pick the best flavors.

Spray Tan over Real Tan

I am a "freckly" person. As long as I can remember I have been developing the freckle collection on my skin. However, as I have gotten older I now realize this sun exposure not only causes my skin to age but puts me at risk for melanoma and skin cancer. I want to be tan while I am at the beach without making my skin any worse. Enter my spray tan obsession...

I go to Palm Beach Tan and have never had any other spray tan besides one in a machine. They have locations all over the US and with a membership you can go to any location. I am an unlimited monthly membership so I can spray as much as I want but they do have once a month memberships starting as low as $14.95. 

Here are my recommendations so you end up with the best spray tan experience. 

1: If you are unsure then ASK the employee

I have gotten so many great recommendations from the employee when it comes to what shade of spray tan and what Add-ins to use. However, when it comes to lotions you should buy or extra add-ons you do have to be careful because they appear to get credit for "up-selling" you. Therefore, I ONLY ask advice on what shade will go well with my skin

2: If there is a "Clear" option then take it

This means that the spray tan goes on clear and shows up over a 6 hour period. I always like to choose this because it doesn't ruin my clothes. There are other options that are bronze and will show up right away but may stain your clothes

3: I always try to shower the next morning

The longer you keep they spray on before showing the more effective it will be. Since it develops over time you want to get the spray tan and try to not shower or sweat until the next morning. No matter what you should not shower for 4-6 hours after the spray or it will be ineffective.

4: It is worth buying a Primer Lotion

This is a lotion you put on before you spray. I always end up getting these for free with all my rewards, however its worth the buy. This helps the spray lay flat on your skin and prevents any weird lines. I always find my skin looks better when I use this before

5: After you are done, wash your hands

I always finish the spray and go straight to the bathroom to wash my hands. This prevents you from having weird colored palms. As well, I wipe the bottoms of my feet off with wipes if the location provides them.

Overall, I find that people CANT even tell that my tan is fake. I get a lot of compliments and people asking if I have been outside a lot. This is such a great alternative to getting burned in the sun and putting your skin at risk. 

Cryotherapy

For a girl that enjoys summer and warm weather more than snowy winters I surprised myself recently by really wanting to give cryotherapy a try. What the heck is cryotherapy?? 

Cryotherapy is using extreme cold as a health benefit. There are many brick and mortar locations popping up all over cities as the latest fad for athletes, workout-a-holics, and even just the regular person with aches and pain. Some of the benefits listed online, but not scientifically proven, include:

  • Pain Relief and Muscle Healing
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Collagen Production
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Reducing anxiety and depression

and then some more intense ones like:

  • Preventing dementia
  • Treating Migranes
  • Preventing and Treating Cancer

As I workout about 5-6 days a week I can get SORE, especially after sitting at a desk all day. I was curious if I would feel better.

As well, people noted better sleep and feeling more alert along with cryo as a hangover cure!

I went to my local place, Districtcryo, and ended up going religiously for 2 months until my work schedule interfered. So what was my experience?

What you do?

So you show up to cryotherapy and you go to a changing room. You get undressed, remove any metal, and put on a robe. When the technician is ready then you are up. There are different levels of cold that you can choose. You enter a chamber and hand the technician your robe. So YES you are naked in there, except guys who have to wear underwear. Then they start the session. You are in there for 3 minutes. About halfway through the session you get to the coldest level. Overall, its like being in a really cold tank with fog that is caused by nitrogen. It is more of a dry coldness compared to something like an ice bath.

How did I feel?

I definitely felt less sore after my workouts. I have tight hips which can cause a sore lower back and I found cryo helped with this. As well, I felt like a slept well at night and cryo then helped to wake me up after a session, probably because I was getting blasted with coldness. I can't say that it helped me lose weight because I was not actively trying hard to lose weight and stayed about the same. 

One of the big benefits is reduced inflammation. Inflammation is the body is to blame for cancer and other sicknesses. Whenever I got out of the chamber I did feel less "swollen" for lack of better description. I did not get sick all winter which was positive as well! Inflammation can be the cause of getting sick so maybe they were correlated??

Hangover cure? I do not know about this. I tried this twice while (extremely) hungover and it did help to wake me up! It did not cure any stomach uneasiness but it always felt good getting in the cold.

The one weird side effect was that I got extremely dry skin on my right leg, which has now disappeared since I stopped cryo.

Was it worth it?

When I did this I jumped ALL in and went every day. Unless you suffer from chronic pain I do not think you need this. As well, this is EXPENSIVE. One session is around $60 and its about $350 a month for unlimited sessions. 

I recommend going if you are sore and need that extra boost to recover but unless you are making big bucks and can afford to go every day I would use it occasionally.