Want to indulge in a summertime classic without all the unnecessary carbs? These low carb root beer floats are easy to whip up and taste just as good as you remember.
I have declared many times that I am not much of a pop-drinker. I didn’t grow up drinking it and it never became a habit for me. And thank goodness, I suppose, as it’s certainly a habit many people could do without. But every once in a long while I find myself craving that bubbly sweetness. This probably happens more in the summer than any other time of year. When it’s blazing hot out and you’re just tired of the taste of water, a tall glass of soda with ice can certainly seem much more appealing. And if you happen to add a dollop of vanilla ice cream, yeah…I might go for that on a hot summer day.
But both the soda and the vanilla ice cream can pose a problem for low carbers. I don’t like most diet sodas because they often contain things I don’t really care to ingest, such as sucralose or aspartame. Thankfully there are more and more beverage companies out there making sugar-free drinks that don’t contain those artificial sweeteners. Virgil’s is my latest discovery. I did indulge in their regular root beer once in a while back in the old days, so I was delighted to see that they are making a “Zero” line sweetened only with stevia. They make the famous root beer, as well as cream soda, black cherry cream soda, cola and “Dr. Better”. I managed to pick up some of the root beer at my local Whole Foods for a try. And I loved it…insomuch as I love any soda, really. Which is to say that I will probably drink one every few weeks.
But it was perfect for making some simplified root beer floats. I didn’t have the inclination to make any of my homemade vanilla ice cream so I found a way around that. And no, it did not involve purchasing low carb ice cream either. Want to know how I did it?
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