Flip that Frozen Yogurt!
With all the hype these days, going out with your friends for froyo seems to be a guilt-free activity. But with just one cup of frozen yogurt and a few added toppings, the numbers really add up! Betcha didn't know that a small 8-ounce cup of the ever-so-popular "plain tart" flavored yogurt has a scary 52 grams of sugar and 240 calories! Sprinkle an innocent 2 tablespoons of yogurt chips, and you're adding another 20 grams of sugar and 140 calories, bringing you to a whopping 380 calories and 72 grams of sugar for what seemed to be a "light" snack option.
That's more sugar than a can of cola and a Snicker's bar combined!
(Snickers bar: 266 calories, 28 grams of sugar. Can of cola: 140 calories, 39 grams of sugar.)
Rachel's Trick of the Trade is to simply flip it! Start at the toppings bar and put your favorite fruit as the base. Then, swirl the frozen yogurt on top as the "topping." Two ounces of the plain tart flavor has 60 calories and 13 grams of sugar, so by using this flip method, you'll satisfy that sweet tooth and bypass an extra dose of unnecessary calories. Plus, the added fiber and antioxidant power you'll be getting from the fruit will score you some serious bonus points!
When You're Hungry, Go Bananas!
Betcha didn't know one of the best hunger-fighting foods is the ever-accessible, portable and affordable banana! Recent studies suggest that these yellow guys are packed with resistant starch - a starch that doesn't break down into sugar and therefore doesn't get absorbed into your system. This means you'll be energized and fuller for longer!
Rachel says it pays to go green: perfectly ripe bananas are fine, but the slightly unripe bananas have more than twice the amount of resistant starch AND less sugar.
Try this tasty treat today!
Peanut Butter Banana Split
1 small banana (90 calories)
1 teaspoon peanut (or almond) butter (30 calories)
Split the banana long ways in half. Carefully measure one leveled teaspoon of peanut butter and spread like a sandwich between the two banana halves. Close the halves and wrap in tin foil. Then, freeze for at least an hour and enjoy! Ditch the guilt and enjoy this 120-calorie sweet treat!
© 2012 Beller Nutritional Institute, LLC