Faux-Yo: A Healthy Ice Cream Alternative
Frequent readers know that I have an intense sweet tooth, specifically for frozen yogurt.
On occasion, I’ve been know to drive obscene distances to satisfy my cravings for a cold, creamy swirls. Aside from a little protein and bone-building calcium though, frozen yogurt and ice cream have few redeeming qualities. They’re mostly made of saturated fat and sugar. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat them — clearly I still do — but they should be an occasional treat. If you’re like me, and you need a nightly dessert, you should probably find a more nutritious option for everyday consumption.
One way to clean up your act this year is to swap your evening bowl of ice cream with “Faux-Yo.”
Faux-Yo is the term I use for fresh fruit desserts that resemble frozen yogurt in taste and consistency, but without the heaps of added sugar. You can use pretty much any fruit to make it: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, mangoes, pineapple, cherries, really the possibilities are endless.
These recipes all provide step-by-step instructions for making different versions of faux-yo. If you’ve never made it yourself though, or actually experienced faux-yo in person, you may still be skeptical of its resemblance to frozen yogurt.
Well, today I’m about to blow you away. My friend Melissa Halas-Liang, MA RDN CDE has made an awesome video showing exactly how this process works.
Check it out.
Melissa is using the amazing a Champion Juicer in this video, which makes the process incredibly easy. As you’ve seen in my previous posts you can also use a high-powered blender or food processor — but I can’t guarantee yours will look as pretty as hers!
As shown in the video, fresh fruit desserts are not only great for adults with insatiable dessert cravings, they’re also fantastic for kids.
Melissa says that the majority of kids are consuming 13-22 teaspoons of added-sugar a day, well above the recommended daily limit of five teaspoons. Also, only 40% of children and teenagers get their RDA of fiber.
Using whole frozen fruit ensures that the food’s fiber stays intact and that none of the nutrients are lost, unlike in baking.
If you struggle to get your kids to eat their vitamins and nutrients through whole foods, this is one way to make healthy eating appealing to them.
*Thanks to Melissa for sharing her expertise! For more info on keeping your kids healthy and on healthy-eating in general, visit Melissa’s site SuperKidsNutrition.com.