Today, I’m sharing some awesome news about a few upcoming products that I am super excited to try. I love perusing the aisles of my grocery stores, looking for a new hidden gems on shelves.
Fans of Laughing Cow cheese, (and really, who isn’t) can look forward to a brand new product coming to shelves this spring called The Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread.
It comes in 5 different flavors; Classic Cream, Classic Cream 1/3 less fat, Strawberries & Cream 1/3 less fat, Garden Vegetable 1/3 less fat, and Cinnamon Cream 1/3 less fat. They come in a similar packaging as the wedges but in a gold foil. The 1/3 less fat varieties have 45 calories each, 4g of fat and 2 g of protein.
Why am I so excited to try these?
Well for starters, I LOVE cream cheese, especially when it comes in the form of cheesecake. I am plotting my recipe creations as we speak. You can expect a calorie controlled mini cheesecake as soon as I perfect it!
In addition, in college one of my favorite snacks was reduced fat veggie cream cheese with crackers. Laughing Cow has just made my old favorite snack awesome again. I’m looking forward to using these on slices of Ezekial bread and my scooped out bagels! Can’t wait to try all the flavors. I have a feeling I’m going to really like these. They will begin appearing on shelves this spring!
Next, we have Arctic Zero frozen desserts. A twitter follower asked me if I had tried these yet, which I hadn’t until last week. On my way home from an event at Exhale (which I’ve yet to write about), I stopped by the Whole Foods salad bar for dinner and picked up a pint of Artic Zero frozen dessert. They claim that the entire pint has only 150 calories and only contains organic or “natural” ingredients.
Here is a list of the ingredients: Purified water, whey protein concentrate, organic can sugar, chicory room, dutch processed cocoa powder with alkali, guar gum, xanthan gum, natural flavors, sea salt and monk fruit concentrate. A 1/2 cup serving has only 37 calories.
The pint that I tried was Chocolate Peanut Butter. It was not the best ice cream I’ve tasted but was satisfying and really good! It has a slight icy texture to it, but that was to be expected given the ingredients. There were no swirls in it and I actually added a few walnuts and marshmallows I picked up to make Attune Rice Krispy Treats (damn you Pinterest) and made my own little rocky road.
It did cost $5.99 which is a little pricey for me but I wanted to try it. I want to try the bars next!
Lastly, I recently tried a new product that I wanted to share called Svelte protein drink. Incredibly creamy and full of sweet flavor, these drinks are a great meal replacement for people on the go. Roomie really likes them as well, which says a lot. Really. He would have been grossed out by the Arctic Freeze stuff but these he loves.
Each one has 260 calories, 16 g of protein, 9 g of sugar, 20% daily value of fiber, dairy and gluten-free. The picture is deceiving however. Each drink is 15.9 fluid ounces and is a lot! You will be full after drinking one. It’s like having a vanilla milk shake for lunch. If you are having one of those days where all you want is something sweet, this would be a good lunch or breakfast alternative! My favorite is the french vanilla flavor.
I have some more products to tell you about but will leave today at these three. I’m off to Buenos Aires for a nice 10 day vacation on Friday and have a lot to do before then. I’m also going to be in NYC on Wednesday to shoot a Workout Wednesday with Jay Cardiello that will be broadcast live on Shape.com from 1-1:30 PM so jot it down in your calendar!
Have you tried any new products lately that you think I would like? Let me know below in the comments!
Disclaimer: I am a community leader for The Laughing Cow. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on my role with TLC, check out this post.
I so badly wanted to give the Svelte protein drinks a go, but there is no international orders for it. Poor Oz, missing out!
I LOVE Laughing Cow everything. So so so so so good.
Before I changed my diet to vegan I tried the chocolate Arctic Zero, and thought it was pretty tasty. But when I tried coconut ice cream, it did not seem appealing at all! Coconut Bliss and So Delicious are AMAZING! As for the other products, I have heard of the cream cheese, but not the protein drink. I am no longer vegan though, due to basic training this summer… But I will be after for sure! 🙂
Cindy A. says
I’m an avid fan of Arctic Zero. It’s a protein based dessert and not ice cream, it doesn’t have any fat, it’s 150 calories per pint (not 1,200 like ice cream), 14 grams of whey protein concentrate and 8 grams of fiber. Now if we’re talking about taste and not looking good, I’ll opt for some coconut bliss or ben and jerry’s anytime.
Sarah, where did you find the Svelte?
The Artic Zero ingredients include Chicory root, which is a source of fiber commonly used in fiber bars. Chicory root is VERY hard for the stomach to digest and causes bloating and gas. Just FYI.
If the bars only have a small amount it may not cause problems for everyone, but as a general rule, AVOID products with Chicory Root in any form!
Thanks Natalie for your comment. Here is what I found on Chicory Root and since this is not a post but a comment, I’m copying and pasting it here ” Contains Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant
Known for its ability to help prevent jaundice and an enlarged liver when mixed with water and consumed
A natural sedative and anti-inflammatory for the nervous system
Helps the body resist gallstones and liver stones
Provides the soluble fiber inulin, which feeds digestive flora in the intestines
The inulin content is not digestible, so its lack of glucose can help promote optimal blood sugar levels while also increasing stool bulk and consistency
Aids in decreasing the levels of serum LDL cholesterol in the blood
Organic Chicory Root provides inulin to feed the beneficial bacteria of the body. Of more than 30,000 different plant species containing inulin, CR contains the highest concentrations. This friendly flora helps to improve the overall digestive function of the body. Because of Chicory Root’s potential for removing contaminants from the digestive system, the liver does not have to work as hard to filter out toxins that may have escaped into the bloodstream.
Chicory Root can effectively cleanse the body in a number of ways. For example, CR acts as a gentle laxative and diuretic for removing excess water and toxins, and this can also reduce strain on the liver.” http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/organic-chicory-root
Love your site and You Tube channel! Both have been an inspiration and extremely helpful in my continuing journey to health and wellness!
Question….Have you tried the PB2 peanut butter? If so, how is it?
I haven’t but my friend Cassey did and she loved it.
Eva @ Committed2Nutrition says
I just recently tried Arctic 0 -- I tried the chocolate peanut butter, regular chocolate, and cookies n cream. I have to say, the only one I really liked was the choc. pb. Even so, it is really hard to eat the whole pint of it. You just get sick of it! The regular chocolate honestly tasted like nothing. The cookies n cream is just ehh ok. I will be buying the choc. pb again though! I also found this at Shop Rite for $4.49! Sweeet!!!