While fro yo itself is a good treat, it’s easy to eat it the wrong way. “People go to a frozen yogurt place and think ‘Hooray, I’m being so good by having yogurt instead of ice cream, I can pile peanut butter cups and chocolate syrup on top.’ What was initially a good choice is now 600 to 900 calories,” says Angel Planells, MS, RDN, Seattle-based founder of ACP Nutrition, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Your best bet instead is to go light on the extras, he suggests: “Two or three toppings max—think fruit, nuts, maybe a small drizzle of chocolate syrup—otherwise you may as well just eat some ice cream.” For more frozen snack variety, try one of these healthy summer treats.
“I get it, some people just aren’t fans of plain yogurt,” Planells concedes. “But when you have flavored yogurt, you’re getting additional sugar.” Rather than subjecting yourself to all the added sweeteners from a company, have plain yogurt and add fresh fruit yourself, he recommends. “You could go to the store and get Brand X yogurt with 35 grams of added sugar, or you could have plain yogurt and a handful of blueberries for only 15 to 20 grams—and still get the sweetness.”