If you’re like me your at-home ice cream consumption occurs shortly before bed. I’m usually good all day and then come late-night I often cave. I always regret it in the morning! Plus it’s hard to fall asleep when you’re wired on sugar. Still, I can’t always stop myself… so I was naturally intrigued when I heard about Nightfood Ice Cream, an ice cream developed by sleep and nutrition experts that’s supposed to help you sleep (it’s also a 2019 Product of the Year award winner).
A little digging and the ice cream isn’t, unfortunately, formulated with melatonin, but it is low in calories and sugar while actually packing a lot of flavor. It’s so crazy to me looking back that I used to “torture” myself eating Arctic Zero (so nasty…!!). Nightfood packs in about a zillion times more flavor than Arctic Zero and is very comparable to Halo Top. It was developed by Dr. Michael Breus, who you might know as The Sleep Doctor from The Today Show, The Dr. Oz etc. along with the help of nutritionists. I can’t say I felt sleepy after eating an entire pint (yes…), but the brand says each flavor has a proprietary sleep-supporting blend of minerals, enzymes, and amino acids (including zinc, glycine, and magnesium, all proven sleep aids). Because of the low sugar and the fiber not commonly found in regular ice cream, however, you don’t get the sugar spike and jittery-ness you might get if you down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s before bed. So while it didn’t help me fall asleep, it didn’t prevent me from falling asleep like other ice creams might. All flavors are also free of caffeine.
While I wouldn’t count on this to put me to sleep when my anxiety levels are beating through the roof, Nightfood tastes great so you don’t need to eat it late-night “in shame.” The recipes are clean: low in sugar, low in calories, low in fat, and relatively high in fiber and protein. And let me tell you, the feeling you get when you eat something like this instead of waist-expanding Ben & Jerry’s, is priceless (both physically and mentally!). When I said I ate the whole pint, that pint was just 280 calories. They have a long list of flavors for a relatively new brand including Midnight Chocolate, Full Moon Vanilla, Cookies n’ Dreams, After-Dinner Mint Chip, Cold-Brew Decaf, Milk & Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse, and Breakfast in Bed (maple ice cream with waffle chunks).
I’ve tried a few flavors and their vanilla and waffle chunk maple were the standouts for me (though the waffle one is on the higher sugar side of their 8 options so make sure to not eat the whole pint if you opt for that one!).