Summertime ice cream indulgences are the best!
But of course, not all ice cream is created equal. Some brands are made from natural ingredients and hormone-free milk that came from cows who were treated well. Some are definitely not.
When choosing an ice cream, look for the following criteria:
- Organic, or if not then free of all artificial growth hormones
- Naturally flavored (no artificial flavors)
- Naturally colored (no artificial food dyes)
- No artificial sweeteners (as found in “sugar-free” or “no sugar added” ice cream & yogurt)
The following are some of my favorite sustainably-produced ice creams. Since each region of the country has different regional brands, look for brands that meet the above criteria in your local grocery store.
The Best Organic Ice Creams
Julie’s Organic ice cream & frozen yogurt
Stonyfield Organic frozen yogurt
Coconut Bliss (non-dairy & vegan)
Three Twins Organic
Straus Family Creamery (try the Brown Sugar Banana!)
Whole Foods 365 Organic
Not Organic But Produced without Growth Hormones
McConnell’s (Turkish Coffee or Salted Caramel Chip are my favorites)
Ben & Jerry’s
Lifeway Frozen Kefir
Lifeway Greek Frozen Yogurt
We keep Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers in the freezer during summertime. These are perfect when you want something sweet without the big indulgence because they’re perfectly portioned and only 60 calories each. Plus they satisfy both kid and adult sweet tooths 🙂
What other kinds of ice cream and frozen yogurt do you love that aren’t listed here?
dianahoweJuly 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Hi Amelia! What about when going out for ice cream/frozen yogurt? What ice cream chains would you recommend? What ones to stay away from?
Daniel HolemanJune 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm
The problem is that sugar is the most unhealthy ingredient and the organic brands add as much to theirs rendering it virtually as unhealthy as regular ice cream.
So in this case the fact it is organic is a farce.
Amelia WinslowJuly 1, 2016 at 11:52 am
Hi Daniel. It’s true that organic ice creams have just as much sugar as regular. But that doesn’t make “organic” a farce. Organic ice cream is definitely not a health food (organic doesn’t ever imply “healthy” in the sense that it’s low in sugar, calories, etc) – but it IS made without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, GMOs, and artificial ingredients. So if you’re going to indulge in ice cream, choosing organic allows you to do so without exposure to these components, many of which ARE used in conventional ice cream.
Mitesh MataniJanuary 11, 2017 at 2:03 am
Check out The Right Moo – they have 100% Organic Dairy products and their Ice Creams taste really good.
Amelia WinslowJanuary 11, 2017 at 9:56 am
Thanks, Mitesh. Will do!
Martin St JohnNovember 7, 2018 at 3:45 am
While Ben & Jerry’s may be Growth Hormone free, it’s been tested multiple times and proven to contain Glyphosate. I don’t know about you, but I could do without RoundUp in my ice cream. Additionally, sugar in all it’s forms is a big problem and many artificial sweeteners are far worse. There are healthy brands out there like Luv’s that contain Stevia or Monk Fruit, natural plant based low or no calorie sweeteners that are good for you and have little to no glycemic effect.
Amelia WinslowDecember 7, 2018 at 10:18 am
I agree, Martin, that avoiding toxic persistent pesticide contamination is a top priority. The ice creams I’ve recommended here are organic, so will contain less chemical residue than conventional products. As for Luv’s, I’m not a big fan of Stevia or any calorie-free sweetener. The research on these is too young for me to be convinced. And research shows that eating sweets with calorie free sweetener can lead to increased hunger, as they can impact metabolism. I’ll stick to real sugar, in small amounts.
GeorgeJanuary 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm
I was surprised to note that you did not list Maxine’s Organic ice cream. But overall I appreciate your position. Best, George
Amelia WinslowMarch 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm
I’ll look into Maxine’s – I haven’t seen it before!