The truth about Pinkberry…

 

My son and I love Pinkberry! But the truth is, you shouldn’t eat any delicious dessert expecting tremendous health benefits. Pinkberry has made claims of being a healthy alternative to other frozen yogurts with all natural ingredients and “probiotic active cultures”. It’s even claimed that it will improve your skin!  Since then the company has settled a class action lawsuit against them for making false claims. They posted ingredients on the web site which I can’t seem to find anymore, but have read that it contains 23 ingredients, including  three kinds of sugar: sucrose, fructose and dextrose.  It is however a low calorie dessert option, there are 100 to 140 calories per ½ cup.  That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever just had a ½ a cup!

The morale here is everything in moderation and consumer beware!

Here’s a recipe I found at Skinnytaste.com that contains only 6 ingredients and has a 144 calories. And if you make it yourself you’re in control of what ingredients you put in, like having low calorie yogurt and organic fruit versus the alternatives. If you have any low cal dessert suggestions or recipes I’d love to here them!

Homemade Low Fat Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Servings: 8 • Size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 144 • Fat: 1.5 g • Carb: 24.2 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 9.2 g • Sugar: 24.1 g
Sodium: 56.1 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt (I used Dannon All-Natural)
  • 2 1/2 cups plain fat free Greek yogurt, I used Chobani
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • fresh fruit to top (use kiwi, blueberries, strawberries)

Directions:

Combine sugar and the seeds from the vanilla bean in the blender and blend until fine.

Whisk both yogurts, sugar and honey in a bowl until combined.  

Pour into an ice cream maker.

Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

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