Last week, the contestants were all telling me how much they love frozen yogurt and like to go out with their friends to get it as a tasty snack or dessert. While I'm not sure if it is a "healthy" option, they really wanted to get my spin on it, and I'm really glad they asked.
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 eight-ounce cup of the ever so popular "plain tart" flavored yogurt has a scary 52 grams of sugar and 240 calories! Sprinkle an innocent two 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 sugar. Can of cola: 140 calories, 39 grams of sugar)
My trick of the trade is to simply flip it! Start at the toppings bar and use your favorite fruit as the base. Then, swirl the frozen yogurt on top as the "topping." Two ounces of the plain tart 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!
So my bottom line for the contestants was that instead of feeling like an outcast or completely restricting this tasty treat, they could fit it right in if they simply FLIP THAT FROZEN YOGURT!