How to Keep It “Light” at a Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Shop

Frozen yogurt is light, so you can have as much as you want, right? That’s exactly what they’re hoping you’ll do at self-serve frozen yogurt shops popping up in every suburban shopping center. But those huge bowls can hold a lot of calories, so we’ve created a guide for keeping it light.

Rules of thumb to keep in mind:

  • Chocolaty flavors of yogurt tend to be higher in calories than plain or vanilla yogurt.
  • Pile on the fresh fruit for a low-calorie flavor and vitamin boost. Just be sure to choose fresh fruit without added syrups.
  • Add a small amount of a flavorful favorite topping, like dark chocolate chips for the most impact. (1 teaspoon of dark chocolate chips is about the size of the tip of your thumb, and adds about 25 calories.)
  • Limit the samples. The tiny cups provided for tasting can hold about ½ ounce of yogurt, or about 15-20 calories each.

Yogurt has “healthy” probiotics, right?

While yogurt does contain probiotics that can aid in digestion, the processing and freezing used in making commercial frozen yogurt leaves most of the live cultures dead before they reach your stomach. Consider frozen yogurt a lighter dessert option, not a health food, and stock up on regular yogurt as part of a healthy, balanced breakfast.


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