Random Food Chat & Arctic Zero

Lots of random food chatting about to happen here….


I eat the same breakfast basically every single day. My son does not. On Thanksgiving, I only wanted to whip up pancakes or french toast or gosh even muffins for a special breakfast…..you know, something sweet tooth oriented?

He wanted no part. He wanted an egg in a hole and he wanted to make it himself.

Who’s child is he anyway? I would never want such a savory thing for breakfast.

egg in a whole

I politely insisted/recommended that he use the Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread because I couldn’t handle the lack of sweet involved on his breakfast plate.

Have you ever frozen your grapes?


My aunt sent us home with lots of fresh fruit on Thanksgiving so I took some of the grapes and placed them in the freezer.

I used to love frozen grapes but haven’t had them in quite some time as a snack.


I didn’t love them like I once did but my son really liked it. It’s great when you can get kids interested in fruit and keep them snacking on it each day without it getting boring.

I won this Red Mango parfait but not in the way you are thinking.

red mango parfait

I bet my son a Red Mango parfait that as soon as we saw my mom on Thanksgiving the first words out of her mouth were going to be something about the coat I was wearing and it not being warm enough.

I was right. It was funny. And I won.

Lately I do not want anything for lunch. Other than a Red Mango parfait, I just don’t care.

I know I need to eat, I know I need to be full, but decisions between what the heck I want and what will satisfy me are becoming a struggle.

I solved the problem yesterday by going half sweet and half savory, providing me with staying power in a tasty way without weighing me down.

mashed chickpeas with avocado on ezekiel toast and peanut butter on ezekiel toast

Two slices of Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel toast – half with smashed chick peas and avocado with chopped tomato and the other half with Crunch Time peanut butter and diced apple.

My aunt makes the best Swedish meatballs ever. Seriously, like, best ever.

I don’t even eat meatballs anymore (hello, vegetarian) but I will devour the sauce that surrounds the meatballs with a spoon because it is outrageous.

She sent us home with a container of her special meatballs on Thanksgiving because my son has intelligent taste buds and knows what’s up — he’s obsessed.

swedish meatballs

Instead of pasta, I served the meatballs the other night with roasted potato wedges.

Crispy potatoes dipped in this sauce is divine. Yes, that’s the word to use–>divine.

I have been roasting tons of potatoes these days by the way. Can’t get enough.

oven roasted potatoes

Have you tried Arctic Zero yet?

arctic zero

The generous people over at Arctic Zero sent me six pints to try last week.

  • Coconut
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Orange Cream
  • Sea Salt Caramel
  • Vanilla Maple

Quick Arctic Zero info for you: Gluten-Free, GMO Free, Low Glycemic, Lactose Intolerant Friendly, no artificial colors or sweeteners.

With only 150 calories per pint (plus protein and fiber), do I really need to tell you that it doesn’t actually taste like traditional ice cream?

I was skeptical at first but you know something, and this is the truth, I like it.

arctic zero

Okay, so when I say I like it, what I mean is, it can work. It can be good. You just can’t expect to open the pint and dig in as if it’s Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked with the oodles of brownies and cookie dough chunks.

I think my favorite flavor is the coconut which is weird because it would never be my first choice but there was something about it that I really liked, especially when I added the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor to the bowl too….among other things…

arctic zero

Peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and whipped cream!

I relate Arctic Zero to loading up a cup of frozen yogurt at your local self-serve joint– the flavors are not anything like ice cream but mixed up with your toppings can make you really happy.

I think that Arctic Zero is great to have for those nights you feel like sitting down with a pint of something and don’t want to indulge in Ben & Jerry’s.

It needs the toppings though. You need something to make it feel “real” so that you are satisfied.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!


What have you been eating for lunch these days?

Have you tried Arctic Zero?

Favorite ice cream toppings? For me, it’s all about the hot fudge, whipped cream and texture. I need to chew something…And I love anything a la mode!


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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma December 3, 2014, 6:58 am

    How did you only eat the sauce and not the meatballs! I guess kind of like I don’t eat dinner rolls, but seriously that is too close! So funny that you bet your son and won, we know our parents too well. I feel like my parents say the same 5 things in various order over and over 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 3, 2014, 3:57 pm

      Haha – I am so used to not eating meatballs or steak of chicken. I just wouldn’t! Not to mention, my stomach would probably freak out. I am glad however that I can take a taste or two from the sauce without having an issue!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe December 3, 2014, 7:15 am

    Kind of like how I know my mom, and exactly what faces she will make, and my MIL, and exactly what she will say (and how she will say it) when you ask her how her food is. I have tried Arctic Zero, and I understand it, but it just isn’t for me. I’m glad that there is something out there for people who need something like that, though!
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 3, 2014, 7:40 am

    I feel the same way about arctic zero… it can work with toppings when you really need to dig into something, but it’s not Ben & Jerrys!
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine December 3, 2014, 7:41 am

    Ive never tried arctic zero. I don’t eat ice cream very often, so when i do I just go for the real stuff! With lots of toppings.
    I have been getting really bored with my lunches lately. I pack a salad to bring to lunch and most of the time I don’t necessarily want it, but Im hungry so I eat it. I think its time to change things up.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 3, 2014, 3:55 pm

      Isn’t it the worst when you pack your lunch, you don’t really want it but you eat it anyway? Lunch is just one of those rut meals, isn’t it?

  • Shannon December 3, 2014, 8:22 am

    I agree that arctic zero needs a topping. I usually eat it over an apple crisp or dessert baked oatmeal. I haven’t been able to find the coconut flavor though. I need to search for that!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 3, 2014, 3:55 pm

      I really liked the coconut and I am not a coconut lover! It’s perfect for a la moding the desserts, especially apple crisp. I would really like that.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 3, 2014, 8:30 am

    The same thing happened to me with frozen grapes. I used to really like them, but lately I prefer them at room temperature. The only thing is that grapes are one of those foods that I literally can’t control myself around, and I end up eating enough to give myself a stomach ache 😆 And my meals have been a lot more sweet lately as well. Something about savoury is just less appealing than it normally is.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 3, 2014, 3:54 pm

      Fruit stomach aches are real and severe when they happen. I try really hard to not overeat grapes or melons (or apples) just to avoid the pain, especially melons after a meal — not so good digestion-wise.

  • Bethany December 3, 2014, 10:04 am

    That ice cream is SO good! I have had it before 🙂

  • Hilary December 3, 2014, 11:13 am

    I am a big arctic zero fan! I just love the volumes you can consume! My favorite is the vanilla maple and of course with tons of toppings!
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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 3, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Frozen grapes are awesome! I LOVE them as a snack, especially in the Summer!
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  • Renee @ Bendiful Blog December 3, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Yummm for Red Mango and Artic Zero. That’s funny about your mother! My husband and I make side bets ALL the time about what my mother in law will say to us. 9 times out of 10 we are right on the money. It’s a long running inside joke. I’m happy to know I’m not the only one doing it.
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  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating December 3, 2014, 10:53 pm

    I”m becoming more of a fan of Arctic Zero because I do like their ingredient list and think they make a great sweet treat. I mean…who ever thought we’d ever be able to eat an entire pint of frozen dessert and it only have 150 calories?! I also think the story about your son and breakfast is hilarious. Although I do like to usually get in breakfast “ruts” and make the same thing over and over again, I tend to go towards sweet as well like french toast or oatmeal. 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 4, 2014, 4:22 pm

      It’s all about the sweet for breakfast! I like Arctic Zero’s ingredients list as well. It definitely need some toppings to make it truly delicious but it can definitely play the part of a lower-calorie indulgence.

  • rachel December 4, 2014, 8:50 pm

    i like artic zero but it def does not beat icecream!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 5, 2014, 1:37 pm

      Totally agree. It’s like it is really two separate dessert concepts. It’s good but it’s not true ice cream.

  • The Arctic Zero Team December 5, 2014, 1:57 pm

    We appreciate your honest thoughts on Arctic Zero and are happy to hear you enjoyed tasting our line-up! We’re loving your coconut and chocolate peanut butter combo. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 5, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I have been wanting to try Arctic Zero. Like you said sometimes you just want to eat a pint of ice cream.

    I used to always want sweet when I went out for breakfast (hello Banana Pancakes) but I always left feeling sick. So now when I go to brunch I don’t even look at sweet even if I really want it because I know after I won’t feel good if I get it. It is a constant battle ha
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  • Chelsea @ lil miss fitness freak December 6, 2014, 7:16 am

    although I have never tried AZ, I have seen a lot of people use it as a topping for things like french toast/waffles and oatmeal. Although the idea sounds good, I’m just too obsessed with things like oats being burning hot so that sound of putting something cold on top makes me cringe ha! But if you like a la mode, you should test it out, maybe in your post run oats add a scoop