The Delicious Deceptions of Frozen Yogurt

New PictureAs the temperatures rise and our cravings for cool sweet treats increase, frozen yogurt seems to be a natural choice for a refreshing snack.  The truth is, what we think is the healthy choice on a warm summer day, could be a dessert of massive caloric proportions.  The serving size of the frozen yogurt at most major chains is 1/2 cup.  That is the equivalent to the size of half a baseball.  A visual cue for estimating portion size can be super helpful.  For the plain yogurt, 1/2 cup provides approximately 80 calories, 0 grams fat and 19 grams of sugar, depending on the brand.  Then there are the delicious toppings that you may be adding which could raise the calories, exponentially.  The cup pictured above is most likely 2.5 servings.  If you factor in the calories from the toppings, this froyo could technically have the calorie content of a small meal!

When it comes down to it, if you want to have a healthy serving of froyo follow some guidelines:

  • Don’t fill your cup up to the top
  • Picture that “half a baseball” in your mind to get an idea of safe serving size
  • Load up on fruit toppings such as juicy berries, pineapple, mango and melon

You can have a delicious and refreshing snack and still keep it under 150 calories.

Look for a calorie and nutrient comparison of your favorite frozen yogurts coming up in the blog over the next few weeks!

 

 

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