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Fro-Yo Ain’t Yo Friend!

5 Feb

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Or is it?

It has come to my attention that you guys seemed to really enjoy my pro/con coffee list. It has also come to my attention that everyone and their uncle loves fro-yo, especially when you have access to the nectar of the (cow) gods on or near your campus like my friends and I do. SO. MANY. TOPPINGS.

I’m sure you’re trembling with anticipation, so without further ado, I present to you a smattering of fun facts about your favorite frozen food.

PRO: Fro-yo has live active cultures in it. This means that there are blobs of bacteria floating around in your sweet treat. Sounds disgusting right? Well, it’s not! This good bacteria combats the bad bacteria in your tummy that makes it so grumpy. It helps improve your digestion! Think of it as a more delicious, more dessert like cousin of DanActive probiotic yogurt.

CON: Low calorie my ass! No, really. It goes straight to your ass. Flavored fro-yo contains buckets of added sugar, so it’s not really as “low calorie” as you think. “But, Jess! What about sugar-free?” … Don’t even get me started on the limitless reasons why artificial sugars are Satan’s spawn.

PRO: Ever wonder what the difference is between frozen yogurt and ice cream? Well, prepare to be enlightened! The main ingredient of frozen yogurt is milk while the main ingredient of ice cream is cream (wait, really?). What’s important here is that whole milk hovers around 4% fat content, while cream is 6-8% fat. So, technically, fro-yo is the healthier choice.

fro-yo vs. ice cream at a glance

PRO: Remember the probiotics I mentioned earlier? They make it so that the unfortunate lactose-intolerants of the world can enjoy this yummy dessert , even in the presence of an extremely good looking date, without sweating bullets about jetting to the toilet less than 30 minutes later.

CON: For some reason completely unbeknown to me, some yogurt manufacturers apparently do something called “heat-treating” to their yogurt. This seems kind of stupid, considering the fact that this heat-treating business zaps yogurt of all of its live active cultures and nutritional benefits, thereby removing anything and everything that makes it yogurt. So, try to find out whether or not your fr0-yo is heat-treated. Because if it is, you are being deceived into consuming a UFO (unidentified food object) completely devoid of all of the awesome pros I have shared with you thus far.

PRO/CON: Like I said before; SO. MANY. TOPPINGS. Would you like to put a cupcake on top of your fro-yo? No problem. How about Reese’s, Cocoa Puffs, and chocolate chips? No problem. Cookie dough? Check. Fruit? Check. Gummy bears, M&M’s, and Oreos? Check, check, and check. If you’re worried about finding the perfect topper to your tower of frozen goodness, fret not. BUT, I’m not going to tell you that it doesn’t totally defeat the purpose of fro-yo as a healthy alternative to ice cream  when you drown it in candies and processed treats.

PRO: It tastes amazing. Duh.

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Basically, after extensive internet exploration on the pros and cons of frozen yogurt, I have come to the conclusion that it is delectable, good in moderation (as every tasty thing in this world seems to be), made to be eaten with as many candy toppings as possible, technically better for you if you forego the candy toppings and choose fruit and granolas instead, and better for you than ice cream.

As I wrap up this post, I can’t help but notice that I am beginning to feel overcome by an intense craving for fro-yo (chocolate yogurt with crushed Oreos and plain mochi is my go-to)… so I apologize if reading this little page of factoids has ignited within you some sort of agonizing need for frozen yogurt. I suggest you march yourself to the nearest fro-yo franchise and satisfy that hankering! ;)

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Ditch the Double Double

9 Mar

Not to brag or anything, but a few weeks ago I made the best discovery ever. Most of you make your way to my blog thanks to Facebook, which means that most of you are my college-aged friends living off of the infamous “student budget.” Personally, I have eating habits a five year old could only fantasize about. I devour chocolate at an alarming rate, eat Oreos for dinner, and can down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting. The good news is that my body is kind enough to keep my thighs and tummy in check with a decent metabolism, but the bad news is that there are some seriously dangerous side effects that result from eating habits like mine. Believe it or not, Ramen is about as good for you as a bucket of salt for dinner (yum) and while it’s so much cheaper and easier, fast food presents the same problems.

I’m in college too. I get why you don’t cook. To research a recipe that sounds good, write down the ingredients, check whether you have said ingredients, fetch the remainders from the grocery store, and cook dinner would require lifting too many fingers. Not to mention the fact that for us, hunger sets in pretty quickly when we walk in the front door after a long day of work, and we don’t have the patience for all that crap. But behold…

Pork Tenderloin DinnerA solution! Weeks ago, I discovered the most amazing website called My Fridge Food. Why is it amazing? Because it compiles a list of quick, easy recipes that use food you already have! All you have to do is fill out the elaborate checklist of products (they include literally everything edible) and click “search for recipes.” Then, their database gives you a list of recipes to choose from. For each recipe, it tells you how many of the ingredients you have, what you’re missing (whether it’s an optional, mandatory, or nice to have ingredient), and how long it will take to make. You can also browse by category: appetizers, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, dinners for two (ooh la la), desserts, and snacks! If you’re in a rush or just too starving to wait, you can browse by cook time too. I made a delicious tilapia with balsamic dressing in five minutes. So instead of making a bee line for a box of Cheez-Its or a Hot Pocket, make an account with My Fridge Food and have something healthier to eat!

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