It is hard to avoid when here is SoCal, froyo stores seems to be at every single corner. There is no hiding from it. Love the tart and tangy taste with fresh fruit and sinful toppings and all the unique flavors that these places seems to be coming up with. When the late night froyo cravings strike, good thing I have this Trader Joe’s Non Fat Plain Yogurt in my freezer at all times. I’m not going to lie, this is only sub par compared to the real thing. Imagine a frozen version of the original tart flavor at Pinkberry/Red Mango/Yogurtland or wherever you get your froyo fix. Tart and tangy. One serving of 1/2 cup is 100 calories, 2 WW, zero fat, 13 grams of sugar, no protein. This claims to have live active cultures in it, but are they even alive after being frozen? The color is pure snow white, whiter than vanilla ice cream. The sugar is pretty high, but don’t kid yourself, just because there is no nutritional information sticker on your froyo cup, doesn’t mean that the calories and sugar are not there. Believe it or not, comparing ounce to ounce, the TJ version has less sugar than the original Pinkberry. Don’t throw the serving size reference out the window, one small does not equal to one serving, it is actually 1.5 and that is assuming the froyo server gives you the exact 5.4 ounce in the cup and not more. Flavored froyo always has more sugar and calories than the original flavor. When you venture into “self-serve-land” there is always the temptation to fill the cup up (they give you ginormous cups). With any treat, moderation is the key. I like my self-serve froyo in taro, pistachio and cheesecake in small portions with lots of fruit topping and sometimes cheesecake bites. You do realize that toppings have calories too, right? Everyone loves those “mochi ball” toppings, but how many of you really know how many calories are in them? I’ve gotten them at the Asian market before and according to the label one serving is 30 grams and that is already 100 calories. Have you ever weight those things? A handful of them is already a serving of 100 calories, yikes!! Don’t let your supposedly “healthier than ice cream” treat turn into a calorie disaster.
Retails: $3.49 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $3.49
Calories: 100 per 1/2 cup (95g)