Chocolate Ice Cream Shake with Way Less Sugar
We think you’re going to like this a bunch!
Sometimes you just really want a chocolate shake. There is something about the cool creaminess, and the rich chocolate flavor that just hits the spot.
But chocolate shakes are… not exactly healthy.
Not only are they high in calories, the sugar content is often twice the recommended daily amount! The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance. For most American women, this is about 25g day.
For reference, if you are wondering what that means for your chocolate shake craving, a small chocolate frosty from Wendy’s has 47g of sugar, and a medium, which is probably the size you actually order, has 65g of sugar… yikes.
Luckily for us, our friends over at Bunch Ice Cream have our backs! We collaborated to create a delicious shake with only 16g of sugar!
Bunch Ice Cream is a delicious vegan ice cream that is on a mission to waste less and give more. Once we heard about their story, we knew our products would be BFFs, so we sat down with the founder, Jen Miller, to learn more and play around in the kitchen.
Can you tell us what inspired the creation of Bunch Ice Cream?
Jen: In my early career, I spent a lot of time working in restaurants seeing first-hand how much of our food gets tossed. It's what initially piqued my interest to learn more about the issue and, the more I dug, the bigger I understood the problem to be. In fact, most stats report that 40% of the food we produce goes straight to the trash while at the same time, 1 in 8 Americans goes hungry each day.
Back then, my way of tackling the problem was to take leftovers from the kitchens I worked in, drive them around town, and give them out to anyone who looked in need of a meal. Today, while you’re still likely to catch me giving food away to anyone who looks in need, I’ve also decided to take on the issue in a bigger, more scalable way.
At Bunch, I’m packing our pints with bananas that would otherwise go to waste because, while they're perfectly ready to eat, they're considered too ripe to stock. It’s one way to keep good produce from making its way into our landfills while also educating on the larger issue at hand. Plus, with every pint purchased, Bunch will provide 1 meal to someone in need through a donation to the leading, national hunger non-profit.
Your ingredients are impressively simple, why is that important to you?
Jen: Over time my take on healthy eating has evolved away from fad diets to eating real, whole, recognizable foods. I want to know what I’m putting in my body and I believe this is where others mindsets are trending toward too. I wanted to create a better-for-you ice cream that didn’t sacrifice on taste or quality of ingredients. I believe eating well should be an easy choice.
What is something that surprised you about the ice cream industry?
Jen: Most of the “good for you” ice cream options out there are actually selling you air and artificial ingredients. When you read the nutrition label, pay attention the grams per serving. Some of these brands will have 60 grams per half cup serving while our flavors are each around 115 grams per serving. Our ice cream is packed with ingredients not air. That means it’s rich, creamy and satisfying. It’s not about eating the whole pint just ‘cus you can. It's about feel satisfied with every delicious bite. And you can still feel good knowing that our ‘nice’ creams are free from dairy, artificial ingredients, and refined sugars.
What is a health trend you’d love to see take off?
Jen: We hope to be a leader in showing how brands can make better use of produce and other ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. We also want to educate our audience about the issue so they can be more informed consumers.
In the United States, 40% of our food goes to waste. That's roughly 72 billion pounds of food that ends up in bins instead of on plates. This food waste makes up 21% of landfill mass - taking up space and generating methane gas.
When we waste food, we also waste the resources that go into producing it. Each year the food we toss makes a loss of 30 million acres of cropland (the size of Pennsylvania), 25% of consumed water, and 300 million barrels of oil.
Our hope is that we can be a part of the movement toward a more sustainable food system.
How can readers purchase your products?
Jen: We offer nationwide shipping at www.bunchicecream.com. If you live in Los Angeles you can also find us on Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash.
Bunch x KBCC Chocolate Shake
5 minutes total
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
2 scoops Bunch Deep Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
1 cup almond milk (or favorite nut milk of choice)
1 cup ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in blender.
Blend on high for 2-3 minutes, or until all ice cubes are mixed.
Pour into glass and enjoy the rich chocolate goodness! (Remember how there are only 16g sugar!?) In addition to way less sugar, there is also 19g of protein, so you won’t feel hungry an hour after you finish. Win! You can also experiment with other flavors by adding cinnamon, or a dash of sea salt.