Updated: Apr 2, 2019
When the temperature increases, so does our desire for a cool, creamy treat to satisfy our sweet tooth! It seems like the Halo Top ice cream fad is still going strong, however I have found that their labels are very misleading. "Low-Sugar, Low-Carb, Low-Fat". Yes... if you eat ONE SERVING, but if you're one of the many that eat an entire container in a day, depending on what flavor you're eating, that one container will have more sugar and calories than what's in a candy bar!
Halo Top Cookie Dough Flavor
That brings me to Proyo! If you don't know what proyo is, it's basically a protein frozen yogurt (without the yogurt, making it lactose-free, unlike Halo Top which is not dairy or lactose free). You can make it and flavor it to your liking and it will cost you about $1.50 - $2.00 a serving (which comes out to a huge bowl the size of an entire pint of Halo Top) vs. $6.00 (that's the price I've seen it go for) for Halo Top. If your kids love ice cream, this is also a REALLY healthy sugar-free, high calcium alternative that you can make in less than a minute! WIN!
Here is the amazing bowl that I made last night for myself:
Now on to the details...
BASIC PROYO INGREDIENTS:
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (or whatever flavor you choose)
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 handfuls of ice
3/4 tsp Xanthan Gum (this is a thickening/binding agent that is all-natural and gluten free)
Stevia (optional: if you prefer it sweeter, add stevia to your liking)
Fruit: Frozen fruit works best; in the recipe above, I used 4 frozen strawberries
Sugar-Free Syrups: Walden Farms makes really good calorie-free syrups that work great in proyo
Sprinkles: because, who doesn't like sprinkles?!
Others have added Greek Yogurt to their recipes as well, however, this will increase the amount of carbs, sugar, calories and will no longer make this lactose-free
NUTRITIONAL BREAK DOWN FOR THE BASIC RECIPE:
(I used Firicano Whey Protein, nutritional values may differ when using other protein powders)