Weighing in on the FroYo TrendSoft-serve frozen yogurt came roaring back to the U.S. market about the time that Greek supermarket yogurts awoke a national appetite for real, tangy dairy. The latest twist: Some froyo places are self-serve. That's nice, if you know how to eyeball 3 to 3.5 ounces (weigh it first) and deploy a modest amount of toppings. But it's incredibly easy to go overboard—which the froyo sellers are probably counting on. The good news: Froyo is skinnier than most light ice creams and even supplies good-for-you probiotic bacteria (look for shops that sport the "Live & Active Cultures" seal of the National Yogurt Association). Wait—doesn't freezing kill the helpful little fellas? Nope, says the NYA. They sleep but they don't die, then wake up when eaten.
Start with 1/2 cup (about 3.5 ounces) of your favorite flavor and add a tablespoon or two of everything from fruit to more indulgent treats. Click through the following slides to see our favorite combinations, from fruity to rich.
Strawberry Slices1/4 cup sliced strawberries; 15 calories
Tropical Treat2 tablespoons pineapple + 2 tablespoons mango + 1 tablespoon shredded coconut; 50 calories
Berry-Nutty1/4 cup blueberries + 1 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds; 70 calories
Monkey Business1/4 cup banana slices (6) + 1/2 tablespoon walnuts + 1/2 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips; 85 calories
Kids' Favorite2 tablespoons crumbled animal crackers + 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips; 125 calories
Chocolate Crunch1 tablespoon chocolate chips + 1 tablespoon sliced almonds + 1 tablespoon graham crackers; 125 calories
Candy Queen1 tablespoon crushed Butterfinger + plus 1 tablespoon crumbled Kit Kat + 1 tablespoon chocolate-covered raisins; 155 calories
Toffee-Fudge2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce + 1/2 tablespoon crushed toffee; 160 calories
How the Brands CompareIn a 3- to 3.5-ounce serving, most of the calories come from sugar. Chocolate flavors tend to have a bit more than plain. A similar serving of premium ice cream is 250 calories, 17 grams fat.
Plain: 90 calories, 0g fat, 20g carbs (13g sugar) Chocolate: 110 calories, 0g fat, 22g carbs (17g sugar)
• RED MANGO
Plain: 80 calories, 0g fat, 19g carbs (19g sugar) Cocoa: 100 calories, 0g fat, 23g carbs (22g sugar)
• YOGURT MOUNTAIN
Plain: 90 calories, 0g fat, 18g carbs (16g sugar) Chocolate: 120 calories, 0g fat, 26g carbs (18g sugar)
Plain: 100 calories, 0g fat, 21g carbs (20g sugar) Chocolate: 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 23g carbs (15g sugar)
Plain: 110 calories, 0g fat, 27g carbs (26g sugar) Dutch Chocolate: 110 calories, 0g fat, 25g carbs (16g sugar)
8 Healthy Frozen Yogurt Toppings
Frozen yogurt is lighter than ice cream and makes for a tangy treat. These topping portions will keep a small cup under 300 calories.