We discussed some healthy options previously in our article on the top store-bought ice creams, however, there are plenty of hot summer days in order to justify having another article on healthy frozen treats.
Here we will be covering the favorite frozen desserts that people concerned about their health love: frozen yogurt. However, whether or not it is made out of yogurt, frozen yogurt is not always as healthy as you might think it is.
Actually, some of the worst options contain up to 26 grams of sugar in a 1/2 cup serving. There are others that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, food colors, artificial flavors, and other unhealthy ingredients.
But don’t worry. Even if you are not interested in making your own frozen yogurt, you can find better options at the grocery store. The following are some of the best healthiest frozen yogurts that are available:
List of Cleanest Ingredients
Out of all of the brands that we reviewed, the ones with the fewest additives were Blue Bunny and Häagen-Dazs frozen yogurt:
Häagen-Dazs Vanilla: active yogurt cultures, natural flavor, cream, egg yolks, sugar, corn syrup, lactose reduced skim milk
Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean: cultures, carob bean gum, vanilla and ground vanilla beans, egg yolks, inulin, cream, sugar, skim milk, milk
Blue Bunny has various tempting flavors, like Caramel Praline Crunch, White Mint Chocolate Chunk, and Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate. As you may expect, those flavors contain more sugar compared to just plain vanilla frozen yogurt, so if you are trying to watch your sugar intake then keep an eye out.
Organic Frozen Yogurt
If you are thinking that the healthiest frozen yogurt needs to be certified organic, then the frozen yogurts from Stonyfield Farm may be for you. They have regular frozen yogurts in flavors like vanilla fudge swirl, “gotta have java,” creme caramel, and chocolate.
They have Greek yogurts that are available in the flavors honey, superfruits, blueberry, vanilla, and chocolate. They also sell intriguing and strange”frozen yogurt pearls” and frozen yogurt bars. Check How Is Greek Yogurt Made?
Tip: These frozen Greek yogurts contain grams of protein per serving, which is a bit more compared to other frozen yogurt brands.
High Protein, Low Calorie, Low Sugar Frozen Yogurt
It sounds almost too good to be true. However, some brands do actually manage to provide the holy trinity. In this category, our favorite is the Greek yogurt bars from Yasso. They are available in a huge selection of delicious flavors (like sea salt caramel) and are 80 to 130 calories a bar, depending on the flavor.
Also, they offer 5 to grams worth of protein, and flavors with as little as 11 grams worth of sugar. They have a fairly solid nutritional profile, and the ingredient list isn’t much scarier than those of other leading brands of frozen yogurt.
Best Frozen Yogurt for Your Mental Health
When it comes to your overall health, your physical health is only a part of the total equation. If you want to have a treat, the selection of frozen yogurts from Ben & Jerry’s is what we recommend. Some of your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors are also available in frozen yogurt, including Half Baked, Phish Food, and Cherry Garcia.
The company’s frozen Greek yogurt especially the flavor Blueberry Vanilla Graham scored very highly on a number of different taste tests (e.g. SparkPeople, POPSUGAR Food, and The Huffington Post). That isn’t too surprising, given that they are not all that much healthier compared to regular ice cream. However, when you are needing a bit of comfort food, they are definitely worth a splurge.
Ben and Jerry’s Frozen Yogurts
Delicious and rich flavors
Fair Trade ingredients are used along with dairy coming from cows that are not given growth hormones
21 grams of sugar and 210 calories per serving
Hopefully at least one of the above recommendations of healthiest frozen yogurt is one you are interested in. Let us know which one is your favorite!