I’ve been working at a frozen yogurt store since the start of last summer. At the end of working seven-hour or eight-hour days, many times I grab a frozen treat. But while we sell all the chocolaty and sugary sweet you can dream of, there are so many other ways to choose healthier options at self-serve frozen yogurt shops. To make the Zumba classes and running workouts pay off, here’s some of the guidelines I stick to when buying froyo!
1. Look for Greek frozen yogurt. My store just started selling Greek frozen yogurt in flavors like Honey Vanilla, Powerberry and Caramel. The Greek yogurts are very creamy and have more protein than the regular yogurts.
2. Control your portions! Go for half a cup when you’re filling it up in a self-serve establishment. Or remember if you would like toppings. A normal serving size for frozen yogurt is three ounces. On average, people buy around seven to twelve ounces. While three ounces isn’t too much, just remember how much you plan to fill up on toppings and other goodies throughout the day!
3. Go nuts! If you’re not like my brother who has nut allergies, go for nuts over chocolate or candy! They are a healthier option and still give your yogurt the crunchy component.
4. Try some fresh fruit! Go for fruit as a topping! Try to get the fruit that is more in season. Strawberries are excellent in the summer and I highly recommend them for your yogurt simply because they are delicious! This is also a good way to get in some fruit servings for your day!
5. Choose Non-Fat over Low-Fat yogurts. Many self-serve places have signs that say whether a yogurt is non-fat, low-fat, reduced fat or contains no additional sugar. The No Sugar Added yogurts are sweetened with Splenda and they are still sweet and yummy!
6. Ask for nutritional information. If you are looking to stay away from certain ingredients or would like other nutritional information, you can always ask the employees for that information! We have two binders full of the nutritional facts on a counter for customers at any time.
My favorite kind of frozen yogurt is vanilla with almonds, peanuts, some chocolate chips, strawberries and honey!What is your favorite kind of frozen yogurt for the summer? Do you decide to go the healthy route when getting a frozen treat?