Hungry Girl Goes... Out for Frozen Yogurt!
3/29/2010 11:05 AM
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Frozen yogurt is delicious and, in general, makes a pretty good guilt-free snack. That
is, if you don't eat multiple servings at a time loaded up with crazy mix-ins 'n toppings. Here is some useful info for the next time you need a fro yo fix...
The two most popular kinds of frozen yogurt are…
Sweet & Soft (at TCBY)
Let's take a look at the standard soft-serve varieties at "The Country's Best Yogurt" shops — it all comes down to serving size. Looking for an actual single-serving portion of fro yo? Order the child's size cup, which has 0.8 servings in it. Why not get a small? Well, a small cup has 2 servings. Crazy, right? And the regular has 2.6, a large has 3.3, and an extra large has (ack!) 4.6 servings.
Each child cup (0.8 servings) has 88 - 104 calories, 0 - 1.6g fat, 2.4g fiber, and a POINTS® value of 1 - 2.
Each small cup (2 servings) has 220 - 260 calories, 0 - 4g fat, 6g fiber, and a POINTS value of 4 - 5.
Tart Soft Serve (like Pinkberry)
I like Pinkberry's fat-free/low-fat tart yogurts. What I don’t like is how much the people working there overfill the cups. Yes, it's nice to get your money's worth, but I don't need to eat that much in one sitting (it's pretty hard to save half for later!). Beware if your yogurt cup has been super-loaded by a friendly Pinkberry employee who forgets to weigh it — the numbers may be higher than those given here. These stats do not include toppings (or seasonal flavors)...
Each small cup (1.5 servings) has 150 - 165 calories, 0g fat, 0 - 1.5g fiber, and a POINTS value of 3.
Each medium cup (2.3 servings) has 230 - 253 calories, 0g fat, 0 - 2.3g fiber, and a POINTS value of 5.
Dos and Don’ts at the Fro Yo Shoppe!
- DO load up on fresh fruit. Not the stuff drowned in sugary syrup, though! (You know better.) Mango, pineapple, berries... all these things are great with your frozen treat. Tart yogurt loves fruit!
- DON'T pretend the fruit calories don't count. Like I said, fresh fruit is great. Just be sure to tack on 30 - 60 calories for each half-cup of fresh fruit topping. Are you the kind of person who gets a small amount of yogurt in a large cup so you can fit more fruit? Good call, but better remember add in those extra calories.
- DO indulge in a cone. The smallish ones have reasonable stats; not the huge hand-made waffle cones (see below)! A small sugar cone (cookie-like with the pointy bottom) typically has 45 - 60 calories and 0.5g fat or less (POINTS value 1). A small cake cone (the light, flaky flat bottom kind) has about 20 - 25 calories and <0.5g fat (POINTS value 0 - 1). Crunch away!
- DON'T go for the mega cones. Not only are those things packed with calories themselves (not to mention sometimes dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts, etc.), but they also hold a ton of frozen yogurt and will deceive you tremendously. Meanie cones!!!
- DO read labels and signs carefully. Most yogurt shops offer nutritional stats on their products, so ask — and then ask them to weigh your cup. Don't be shy, people!
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