Frozen yogurt has taken our world by storm! Sales of fro-yo increased 74 percent from 2011 to 2013, compared to a mere 3.9 percent increase in ice cream sales, according to Mintel Market Research. But beware the shop on every corner. Because even low-fat or fat-free varieties of the dessert can contain 200 calories and up to 40 grams of sugar per cup. And that’s without the gummy worms, Fruity Pebbles, and crushed Oreos we all love to heap on!
Compared to fat-laden ice cream, Fro-You seems like a good alternative. But most of us are indulging in excessive portions of this sugary chilled treat.
Is there a better way? Try these Vibrant Living tips:
- Choose the tart flavors of frozen yogurt, and heap on the fresh fruit. David Katz, a nutrition expert and clinical instructor of medicine at Yale University, says that’s what he does when he visits the Peachy Keen fro-yo shop where his daughter works: “If the dose is moderate, [it makes] a nice treat—but overindulgence could certainly come back to haunt you in the mirror!”
- Avoid the shop and enjoy your yogurt at home. Indulge in Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries or raspberries with some crunchy granola on top. Greek yogurt contains double the protein as regular. Get your probiotics, too—the “good” bacteria which aids your digestion and helps your body, when eaten in modest amounts.
- Make your own ice cream! Get active shaking the bag with your kids – and enjoy a recipe very low in sugar. You can add chocolate chips or fruit. These are REAL ingredients, free of preservatives or added chemicals, and you get to involve the whole family in the making of the treat.
Each day, fill yourself with water, fruits and vegetables – the staples of Vibrant Living. You don’t have to cool it entirely, you can still enjoy frozen yogurt from time to time. But your body will thank you, and your energy will soar, if you back away before you swirl the sugary stuff a little too high, or heap the toppings a bit too much.