Froyo, aka frozen yogurt, seems to be all the rage these days! Shops are showing up everywhere and people have been frolicking to them as a healthier ice cream alternative. And while frozen yogurt can be a healthier choice, it isn't always! It's for that exact reason why I have put together this survival guide, so that you can make the right choices on your next froyo adventure ;)
A typical serving of frozen yogurt is anywhere from 80-150 calories, not bad! But do you know how much a serving actually is? Just 4 oz or 1/2 a cup! Using those large, self-serve cups most froyo places give you, 4 oz would barely cover the bottom, leaving the cup mostly empty.
And if you're like me, your cup is typically overflowing with a fancy swirl at the top! Probably closer to 3-4 "servings" if we're being honest. All of a sudden, the light 100 calorie yogurt has turned into 400 calories. And that's before toppings!
We all know the yogurt is just a vehicle for toppings, right? And froyo places tend to have a million different choices! It can be tempting to try all of them, but after the 5th or 6th kind of candy we're "just trying", there's no use in pretending that our yogurt is anywhere close to resembling a healthy snack anymore.
There are usually plenty of healthy options however! Fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, maybe a little dark chocolate etc. And lower-fat options like cereal and sprinkles can even be added to make your yogurt more satisfying without adding a ton of calories.
- Check out the nutritional information ahead of time
- Choose a smaller cup, if available
- Fill your cup about 1/2 way full with yogurt
- Stick to 3-4 toppings (I like to do 2-3 healthier toppings and one treat)
My favorite combo is tart yogurt with all of the fresh fruits they have, peanut butter drizzle, and a few cookie dough chunks. Yum!
It's important to realize that although froyo can be a healthier alternative to ice cream, it's still a treat! Indulge a little, but don't go overboard ;)