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Best & worst frozen yogurt toppings

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, July 3, 2012 - 4:07pm

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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.”

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See how 10 popular frozen yogurt toppings stack up per tablespoon (about the size of a Ping-Pong ball) before your next treat:

Calories: 3
What else you get: Skin-firming vitamin C.

Calories: 5
What else you get: A burst of tropical flavor and some fiber.

Calories: 6
What else you get: A fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, plus some vitamin A.

Low-Fat GranolaLow-Fat Granola
Calories: 24
What else you get: Adds crunch and fiber for few calories.

Calories: 45
What else you get: Calorie-dense, but heart-healthy.

Dark Chocolate ChipsDark Chocolate Chips
Calories: 50
What else you get: A candy, yes, redeemed by antioxidants.

Rainbow SprinklesRainbow Sprinkles
Calories: 60
What else you get: Fun colors, but full of artificial dyes.

Heath Bar PiecesHeath Bar Pieces
Calories: 75
What else you get: Added sugars and fat add up to extra calories.

Calories: 71
What else you get: A high-cal cookie crumble.

Peanut BrittlePeanut Brittle
Calories: 100
What else you get: Delivers some protein, plus salt and sugar.

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What’s your favorite topping for frozen yogurt? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Kerri-Ann Jennings, Health Blog, Dessert, Diet, Health, Nutrition

Kerri-Ann Jennings
Kerri-Ann Jennings is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University.

Kerri-Ann asks: What’s your favorite topping for frozen yogurt?

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