When the weather got steamy this week, you can bet I made friends with an old summer standby: soft-serve frozen yogurt. Among the creamy frozen dessert choices
, from frozen yogurt to super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt is the healthiest option—5 ounces of frozen yogurt “costs” 120 calories, while the same amount of soft-serve ice cream has 220 calories. But if I pile on the wrong toppings I could nearly double the calorie total of my “healthy treat.”
See how 10 popular frozen yogurt toppings stack up per tablespoon (about the size of a Ping-Pong ball) before your next treat:
What else you get: Skin-firming vitamin C.
What else you get: A burst of tropical flavor and some fiber.
What else you get: A fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, plus some vitamin A.
What else you get: Adds crunch and fiber for few calories.
What else you get: Calorie-dense, but heart-healthy.
Dark Chocolate Chips
What else you get: A candy, yes, redeemed by antioxidants.
What else you get: Fun colors, but full of artificial dyes.
Heath Bar Pieces
What else you get: Added sugars and fat add up to extra calories.
What else you get: A high-cal cookie crumble.
What else you get: Delivers some protein, plus salt and sugar.