Put this – not that – on top of your frozen yogurt
The frozen yogurt trend is going strong: It’s been named the most popular first date treat. It’s got a hip nickname — just call it “fro-yo.” And, TCBY isn’t the only shop in the yogurt game anymore, with new stores and chains popping up all over the place.
Yes, frozen yogurt is much lower in fat and calories than ice cream. (Special shout-out to the fro-yo that’s non-fat!) Plus, there are even some probiotics in yogurt that can promote a healthy digestive and immune system.
But lurking at your favorite fro-yo shops are a number of calories bombs that can negate your healthier dessert choices. Yep, we’re talking about those ground-up Butterfinger bites, cookie dough pieces and, sorry, but even a one-ounce heaping of granola can add 140 calories and nearly 7 grams of fat per ounce. How sneaky!
Here are some healthier options to satiate your cravings.
- If you want to put gummy bears on top of your yogurt … Don’t do it! They’ll get frozen in the yogurt and become hard to chew anyway. Trust us. We’ve tried it. Instead, load up your yogurt with a rainbow of sweet and tart fruits. Might we suggest a kiwi-pineapple-strawberry mix? Winning combo: Mixed berries and chocolate yogurt.
- If you want to top your yogurt with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles … We know your type. You’re looking for a crunch and some sweetness. Go with some nuts, sprinkling them on sparingly, then add berries for the sweet factor. Winning combo: Pile on 1/4th cup of blueberries and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sliced almonds for fewer than 70 topping calories.
- If you want to load on the chocolate candy bars and waffle cones … We’ve got a great substitution for you, candy queen. Winning combo: Pair 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips with half a graham cracker + 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce and you’re staying under 125 calories.
- If you love sweet coconut and candied fruits … Aloha! Instead of sugar-added fruits, swap out whole fruits and go light on the shredded coconut. Winning combo: Add two spoonfuls of pineapple, 2 spoonfuls of mango and 1 spoonful of coconut and your toppings stay under 50 calories.
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