With the fall of Pinkberry, and the rise of the Yogurtland empire, people are constantly searching for the latest ice cream alternative to satisfy their sweet tooth. But in a self-serve environment (like that of the popular La Brea haunt)what seems like an innocent fat-free yogurt, can be actually be concealing an overwhelming amount of calories and sugar.
Though they claim to be healthy, the average cal-count of Yogurtland’s flavors is about 25-35 an ounce. And those are not healthy calories. The second ingredient in their mixes is sugar…the third, corn syrup! You may say, ‘But I only get a little.’ Well considering their cups hold 16 oz (and that’s if you stop at the top without an elegant swirl), even filling it up half way (8 oz/1 cup) costs you a whopping 200-280 calories! If you go for a normal serving (4 oz, smaller than the size of your fist) you’ll barely begin to enjoy it before it’s gone.
So after surveying the vast amount of yogurt providers in the area, I have found the one icey treat that won’t bust your belt. It’s called Carb-A-Whey and you can find it at Penguins on Olympic and Doheny. I have been going there for years and am a huge fan.
*Update: This Penguins location has since closed but there is another one on Olympic and Westwood, and there’s a great yogurt shop with several low calorie options called Studio Yogurt on Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd.
Carb-A-Whey is made from an all natural sugar blend called Whey Low, and is only 5 calories an ounce. That means you can get a large (12 oz) for only 60 calories!!! It comes in a variety of flavors, changing daily.
I also just dicovered that the makers of Carb-A-Whey have packaged their frozen treat and sell it by the pint in a product called Arctic Zero. It’s only 135 calories for the whole pint! You can find it at health food stores like Erewhon Natural Foods Market on Beverly and the Grove Drive.
Finally, the age old argument is that low calorie treats don’t taste as good as their corn syrup saturated counterparts. But once you pile your cake batter flavored Carb-A-Whey yogurt with a handful of fresh cut strawberries and blueberries, you won’t know the difference. But your scale will!