One of my absolute favorite sweet treats that I indulge in every once in a while is frozen yogurt! I am completely in LOVE with places like Red Mango, Pinkberry, 16 Handles, etc. If you choose the right type of yogurt (low fat/non fat) and decorate the top of your pile with the right toppings, then you will prevent yourself from falling into the pitfalls that most of us do while engaging in DIY frozen yogurt. You know what I mean…especially at Red Mango where it is self-served and they price it by weight, you have complete control over the amount of yogurt and the healthiness of the toppings. Check out these tips below to avoid making unhealthy choices at your next fro-yo extravaganza:
My favorite part of getting frozen yogurt is that unlike most ice cream places that only serve sugary toppings, places like Red Mango offers you a variety of fresh fruit. If you are looking for the best, go for berries. The skin of the berries make up most of the surface area, therefore offering you more fiber which will satisfy you better than fruits doused in sugary syrups. Also, dried fruit has a lot more calories as opposed to fresh fruit. So if you are a die-hard coconut fan like me, try for just a teaspoon of it instead of creating a raging blizzard in your cup.
Okay…okay…the obvious choice you’d make if you weren’t worried about maintaining a healthy diet would be CANDY! I for one would gun for the delish Reese’s bits. But if you are trying not to splurge on your favorite sweet treats, try this trick: some frozen yogurt places offer dark chocolate chips, which actually offer some health benefits if consumed in small amounts. Not only that, but it can help you tame those cravings!
A lot of my friends love them some Oreo cookie crumbles sprinkled on top of their fro-yo. Which, in all reality, will only cost you about 30-50 calories depending on your definition of “sprinkle”. However, if you are looking to replace the fats in cookies with some more healthier fats, opt for sliced almonds or any other kind of nuts which will provide you with good nutrients and some added crunch to your snack. But beware…make sure you only add about a tablespoon or so of nuts to your fro-yo. While nuts are good for you, they are very caloric, and those calories can add up!
Syrups…Cereals…Cookie bits…OH MY
Okay…so it is obvious that these three toppings are not the most healthy options. And that’s because…THEY’RE NOT. No getting around it, folks. Just pure sugar. Just think, the sugars in these toppings offer you absolutely NO health benefits…it’s just sugar in its most simplest form.
Well, I hope this has helped you in your quest to develop a healthy snack option that also satisfies a sweet tooth. Because…in all reality…everyone loves a little sweetness in their life. 😉
As always, have a lovely day!