Thursday, September 27, 2012

Freeze Yogurt Bar: Delicious Organic Frozen Yogurt!

Has anyone else besides me noticed the recent influx of frozen yogurt places? It seems like everywhere I look, there is a new frozen yogurt place! I think the allure of most frozen yogurt places is the idea that it is a healthier version of an ice cream treat.  I will be the first to admit that I used to think the same thing, until I looked at the ingredients contained in some of the frozen yogurt chains.  For instance, the chocolate frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf contains the following:

Non-Fat Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Coconut Oil, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Nonfat Milk), Natural & Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Potassium & Sodium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid Bacteria (Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus). Contains : Milk, Soy.

While frozen yogurt may be lower in fat and calories than ice cream, since I did not want to fill my body with chemicals that I couldn’t even pronounce, I stayed away from the frozen yogurt fad- that is until I discovered Freeze Yogurt Bar! 

Freeze is located in West Chester, Ohio in the Voice of America Plaza next to Chipotle.  At Freeze, their frozen yogurt is still fat-free- however it is all organic and made with live and active cultures, pure milk without rGBH, pure raw cane sugar- no corn syrup, no GMOS, no preservatives, no addititives and no artificial colors or flavors.   And it is delicious!

Just a few of the fantastic topping options!
I have been there twice- the first time I had chocolate with coconut, strawberries, and a little bit of granola.  The second time I tried three different flavors in my cup- chocolate, peanut butter, and cheesecake- and all three of them were delicious!  The toppings at Freeze are also all natural or organic- and they are labeled accordingly so you know exactly what you are eating. While you will not find twix bars, snickers or marshmallow creme to top your yogurt with (and you all know the SmartSassySisters consider those poison not food), but instead you will find organic/natural toppings like peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, fresh fruit, coconut, flax seed, almonds, at least 7 different types of granola, sugar cones, and much much more!

My finished creation!
A few other things I loved about Freeze:
- They text you coupon discount codes- the other day I got a discount code for 6 oz free!
-  The staff have been friendly and knowledgeable and will let you try anything first (when you say high fructose corn syrup, they wrinkle their noses just like the SmartSassySisters do!)
-  They also have non-dairy yogurt options

While you may not have a Freeze in your area, there are other organic frozen yogurt options available.  In Oklahoma, Lexy has found Red Mango (which is a national chain so there may be one near you!).  The key is to do your homework and research the ingredients or type of yogurt first- that way you can enjoy your delicious treat knowing that it is not poisoning you in the process! 

Are there any frozen yogurt or ice cream places that you love? Let us know!