Hungry Girl Goes... Out for Frozen Yogurt!

Written by lisa lillien on 3/29/2010 11:05 AM | COMMENTS (13)

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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  • Post Image caribbeanmkm

    6/21/2012 3:46 PM
    My frozen yogurt shop servescWeight Watchers Peanut Butter yogurt as a soft serve. Can you please tell me the points value of 1/2 cup?

  • Post Image peanut_25

    5/16/2012 12:43 PM
    This is great!! pink berry just open so happy!!

  • Post Image sloane613 (sloane)

    1/20/2012 8:06 PM
    do you know how many point are in the child size cup for the peanut butter flavor

  • Post Image lynzww

    8/21/2010 6:18 PM
    Do you know how many points are in a large cup of Only 8 Frozen Yogurt????

  • Post Image divegurlmt

    6/6/2010 11:50 PM
    Golden Spoon is the BEST frozen yogurt... not sure if it is just a so cal chain but seek it out and enjoy!

  • Post Image bu2ful

    5/16/2010 10:00 PM
    Great information! Thanks HG! This will be on my mind next time I want to go out for an icecream cone!

  • Post Image melindaanstead

    4/12/2010 3:11 PM
    I think I read somewhere that this is not highly recommended, but my husband and I do this many evenings....around dinnertime, we stick a couple of yogurt cups in the freezer. A couple of hours later, we have our own "frozen yogurt" at home. Sweet and the flavors we like and an excellent 1 point snack!

  • Post Image klimia

    4/8/2010 12:59 AM
    Sounds yum! I was thinking about to tast frozen yogurt but decided to do it after goal. What if I like it?

  • Post Image k&k'smom2

    4/6/2010 9:15 AM
    I like the pizza too...but a portion is only half of the box. NO FAIR!!!! That tiny bit of pizza is 400 calories total and 10 pts.

  • Post Image annavii

    4/4/2010 2:29 AM
    I usually load the bottom with fruit then self serve frozen yogurt on top and then some more fruit at top, that way I wont end up with too much frozen yogurt...mind tricks!

  • Post Image chips1118

    4/3/2010 10:01 PM
    Thanks for pointing this out about the TCBY small--I didn't know that. Their sf/ff kind is a lot less calories, too, than the regular, and just as yummy. Be careful on Waffle Cone Wed....getting it in a cone is much cheaper than in a motto: pay now or pay later.

  • Post Image underneathice

    3/30/2010 7:35 PM
    Places like Yogurtland solve the "overfilling by someone else" thing by having customers fill their own cups. Of course, that means having to stop pulling the lever yourself!

  • Post Image clerks41

    3/29/2010 5:35 PM
    great tips thanks


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