Life just never seems to slow down. Between basketball and baseball practice for my son and dance class for my twin girls, our week is full of activity. On top of that, I work out at the gym five days a week and blog for several hours a day. It’s a miracle that I manage to get healthy meals on the table most nights. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love watching my kids excel and have fun at their activities and it makes me happy to know that I am teaching them how to make healthy living part of everyday life.
Part of living a healthy lifestyle is making sure that we have healthy snacks on hand. We usually have a variety of snacks to choose from, such as fruits and veggies, nuts, cheese, whole-grain granola bars, and of course some delicious frozen treats. Recently, we discovered Outshine Fruit Bars, frozen popsicles that are made with natural real fruit or fruit juice. Not only are they great on the nutritional level, they taste amazing!
Outshine Fruit Bars don’t contain any high-fructose corn syrup and are gluten-free. Many flavors are an excellent source of Vitamin C and all varieties are fat-free except the Creamy Coconut bars. We’ve tried most of the flavors and I would have to say our favorites are lime, creamy coconut, and strawberry.
Even though the weather is getting cooler, Outshine Fruit Bars have still been a yummy treat. I have been enjoying mine guilt-free after the kids go to bed and my kids have been enjoying them as an afternoon snack. After a long day at school, my son loves to be able to come home and eat a bar before heading off to basketball or baseball practice. And for my girls, they have been an excellent incentive for them to take naps. They see it as a yummy reward and I see it as a healthy snack. It’s a win-win!
Outshine Fruit Bars slogan is Don’t just snack, Snack Brighter. Let’s face it — whether you are a kid or an adult, there are just those times when you are craving a nice, cold treat. With Outshine Fruit Bars, you can satisfy those cravings and not feel guilty about it. I encourage you to try them the next time you go to the store!
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I am a big fan of healthy snacks – especially in the form of a frozen fruit bar. And especially when the snack tastes this delicious!This past weekend I had my last away game of the season with my roller derby team, the Knockouts. Before departing on our 3 hour drive, we had brunch at a friend’s house. Guess who brought dessert? 🙂 My teammates loved the Outshine Fruit Bars! And we felt 100% guilt-free eating these babies just a few hours before our final game. It was the perfect ending to our meal – a cool and tasty low-calorie, gluten-free snack made with real fruit. YUM!
When Daniel found out I was sharing our fruit bars with my team, he made sure I saved some for him. We’ve been trying to adjust our diets on and off since our wedding back in May. Even with all of our working out, it’s been really hard finding a healthy snack that is consistently crave-worthy. Until now!
I bought a few extra Outshine bars for the house, and we’ve been killin’ ’em. My absolute favorite is the Creamy Coconut because of its subtle flavor and creamy texture. In a very close second, comes the Mango bars. Mango always takes me back to my Cuban roots. That rich tropical flavor gets me every time!
Good ol’ fashioned Daniel votes Strawberry all the way. But really, who can resist real strawberries in a frozen bar? Nom. We definitely found our preferred post-CrossFit snack. 🙂
If you are looking for a guilt-free snack to munch on between meals, Outshine Frozen Fruit Bars are where it’s at! Alright, enough chit chat…a Creamy Coconut is calling my name…possibly followed by a Mango, too…….and you think I’m kidding… Keep up with Outshine’s seasonal flavors and all-around yummi-ness on Twitter and Facebook! p.s. the nutrition information can be found on each flavor’s page! xoxo
Originally published in 2011 | Updated June 2019
Frozen fruit popsicles are some of the healthiest supermarket popsicles you can find. I’ve uncovered 5 healthy popsicles you can feel good about.
Sure, you can make your own popsicles and control the ingredients.
But, do you have to make homemade popsicles to get the health punch you’re looking for?
And, what constitutes a healthy popsicle, anyways?
I’ve updated my popular post from 2011 and reviewed what I consider to be the top healthy popsicles you can find in most grocery stores.
Similar to my original post, this popsicle list excludes products with artificial sweeteners and food dyes.
The winners were based on their impressive markers in the area of health quality for kids: reasonable calories, fat, and sugar, as well as overall nutrient content and the lack of artificial additives and ingredients.
These healthy supermarket popsicles are listed in no particular order.
Drum roll, please…
- Healthy Popsicles from the Supermarket
- Nestle Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars Strawberry Banana – 4 CT
- All about the flavors
- How Yasso compares to other options
- Where to get it
Healthy Popsicles from the Supermarket
1. 365 Everyday Value Strawberry Frozen Fruit Bars
It’s hard to beat these all-star pops. With real strawberries and a bit of cane sugar, these bars are tasty. You’ll find these at Whole Foods.
2. Whole Fruit Fruit Bars: Strawberry
Strawberries are the second ingredient listed in this pick that contains 70 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and no fat. Added bonus: 1 gram of fiber! And, this pick covers 25% Daily Value for vitamin C.
Easy to find in the supermarket…and in my freezer!
3. Good Pop: Strawberry Pops
The simple ingredient list earns these bars a spot on my list. Also available in several other flavor varieties, these bars are sure to please.
You can also find these in freezable sticks.
4. Outshine Strawberry Popsicles
Outshine offers a wide variety of flavored popsicles. I chose strawberry for the comparison to the other brands listed here.
The variety of flavors is what I like most about this brand.
You’ll find these are made with real, whole fruit. As such, they are chock full of vitamin C. Plus, they’re easy to find in just about every supermarket.
5. Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars: Strawberry
These treats raise the bar for frozen pops! With real strawberry puree mixed with Greek yogurt, you get 10% Daily Value for calcium, and 5g of protein.
Basically, you get more nutrition out of these than your typical fruit-based popsicle due to the Greek yogurt addition.
Bonus! Ruby Rockets
These fruit and veggie popsicles deserve a mention as they focus on combining fruits and veggies to make a delicious and healthy popsicle.
They also happen to be dairy-free for those who are lactose-intolerant or allergic, and low in sugar.
You won’t find these in the grocery store, but you can have them shipped to your house.
Feeling adventurous? Make your own popsicles!
I love these homemade peach nectar popsicles myself!
Do you have a favorite flavor or popsicle your family likes to eat?
Disclaimer: The Nourished Child provides an objective and independent review of these products; no affiliations or support was obtained from any grocer or food marketer.
Nestle Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars Strawberry Banana – 4 CT
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When you want something frozen, creamy and sweet — and relatively healthful — frozen yogurt is a great option. Done right, it can be an ultralow or no-fat dessert that not only quashes the sweet tooth, but also delivers protein, probiotics and a fair dose of calcium.
Picking flavors and sprinkling toppings at a walk-in fro-yo spot is fun, but why relegate frozen yogurt to eating out when you can have your own private stash at home?
After a serious dessert-binge involving nearly a dozen brands of frozen yogurt bars and pints, the answer to that question is sadly clear. Many of the frozen yogurt options found in supermarket freezer sections are simply not that good. Some are much too sweet; others taste flat and chalky. But a few are tasty enough to keep on hand for those late-night cravings. Here’s the scoop on some of the best — and most abysmal — vanilla and berry fro-yo available at local grocers.
Yoplait Original Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Bars
The fresh flavor of crushed strawberries, with just the right balance of sugar and creamy yogurt, make these a great low-calorie treat. One 1.75-ounce bar has 55 calories, 1.25 grams fat, 2 grams protein and 7.5 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. A box of 10 bars is $4.99 at Safeway. (3 stars)
Weight Watchers Strawberry Smoothie Frozen Yogurt Bars
These ultralight bars are a nice treat, but the brightness of the strawberries is secondary to the flavor of the yogurt. One 1.75-ounce bar has 60 calories, 0 grams fat, 1 gram protein, 4 percent calcium RDA. A box of 12 bars is $4.99 at Safeway. (2½ stars)
Open Nature Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars
The silkiness of Greek-style yogurt combined with strawberry make these a good pick for those who like sweet desserts. One 2.75-ounce bar has 110 calories, 3 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 10 percent calcium RDA. A box of six bars is $2.99 at Safeway. (2½ stars)
Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Shortcake Greek Frozen Yogurt
This got big points for creamy, ice cream-like decadence, but that rating melted to two stars because any strawberry flavor was nearly lost in the mix. A four-ounce serving has 180 calories, 5 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 20 percent calcium RDA. A pint is $4.49 at Safeway. (2 stars)
Lifeway Tart and Tangy Strawberry Frozen Kefir
Stir a handful of mashed strawberries into this tart mixture and it might get top stars. As it is, the balance of sweet and tart is just right, but it lacks fresh strawberries. A four-ounce serving has 90 calories, 1 gram fat, 4 grams protein, 15 percent calcium RDA. A pint is $3.50 at Sprouts Market. (2 stars)
Pro-Yo Vanilla High Protein Frozen Yogurt Tubes
Protein freaks familiar with the flavor of high-protein drinks and shakes might love these, but for the average palate, they’re a bit dense and chalky. On the upside, they are packed with nutrition. A four-ounce tube has 160 calories, 2 grams fat, 20 grams protein, 20 percent calcium RDA. A box of three is $7.45, just arriving at Northern California Whole Foods markets. (2 stars)
Trader Joe’s 0% Frozen Vanilla Greek Fat Free Yogurt
My high hopes melted at the first taste of this mostly inoffensive, minimally tart frozen yogurt. The vanilla flavor is marred by an unnatural, slightly lime-tinged tartness. A four-ounce serving has 100 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 15 percent calcium RDA. A 32-ounce carton is $3.99. (1 star)
Frut Stix Strawberry Greek Yogurt
Pink sugar-on-a-stick might please a kid, but these pops are a bad-tasting excuse for frozen yogurt — at best. One 2.5-ounce bar has 110 calories, no fat, 4 grams protein, 10 percent calcium RDA. A box of four bars is $3.50 at Sprouts Market. (No stars)
Lucerne Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
This yogurt reminds me of nothing — literally. Take a bite, savor and swallow and not a single flavor of anything taste-worthy registers. It’s not worth washing a spoon. A four-ounce serving has 100 calories, 0 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 15 percent calcium RDA. A 1.5-quart container is $2.98 at Safeway. (Negative stars, if that was possible.)
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As someone who has now written multiple articles about Halo Top, I can say with some confidence that the “healthy ice cream” phase has taken over way more of the dessert market than I ever expected it to. But thanks to science, I guess, our sweet tooth tendencies have been rewarded with less diabetes-inducing ice cream options. There are brands all over the world, but the trend has generally been to replicate your favorite pints with healthier ingredient alternatives. And now, enter Yasso.
Yasso began as frozen Greek yogurt bars in classic flavors like mint chocolate chip and fudge brownie. But founders Amanda and Drew soon realized that their idea was a hit, and they’ve expanded into the low-calorie pint game.
All about the flavors
I’m surprised the pints weren’t a thing before, but now that Yasso has gotten their act together, I should start by saying I’m thrilled by the results. I’ve only eaten two of the flavors, but they were pretty different flavor profiles and both wonderful. More on that later.
For their first iteration, Yasso’s frozen greek yogurt pints come in eight flavors. The Best of Both Swirlds flavor combines the classic chocolate and vanilla into a simple, 100-calorie per serving scoop. Caramel Pretzelmania takes sea salt caramel frozen Greek yogurt, swirls it with caramel, and tops it off with chocolate-covered pretzel bits. Chocolate PB & Yay is pretty straightforward, with peanut butter swirls and peanut butter chips added into a chocolate ice cream base.
Of course, there’s the classic chocolate chip cookie dough iteration, aptly named Rolling in the Dough. The Mint Championchip is similarly self-explanatory, and Party Animal serves as the Yasso version of cake batter ice cream.
My personal favorite flavor ideas come in the form of Loco Coco Caramel and Coffee Brownie Break—not their catchiest names, but flavor powerhouses nonetheless. The former matches toasted coconut frozen Greek yogurt with a caramel swirl and mini chocolate chips, while the latter combines a coffee base with chocolate chips and brownie pieces.
How Yasso compares to other options
I’ll always be a proponent of Halo Top’s Lemon Cake, but I might be reaching for the Loco Coco now instead. These pints are slightly higher-calorie than Halo Top, ringing in at 100-150 calories per serving. (For reference, Halo Top averages about 80 calories per serving.) But the texture of these pints was light years ahead of that of Halo Top.
I ate the entire Loco Coco and Coffee Break pints, and my panel of friends/judges thoroughly approved. The coconut flavor is pretty strong, but in a toasted candied coconut way that blends well with ice cream. The chocolate chips were sized perfectly—they blended in while scooping, but served as a fun little surprise when you bit into the spoonful. The coffee flavor tasted like regular ice cream (seriously, this is a win), and all of us found ourselves hunting for the brownie bits.
If you’re looking to compare to other brands, Yasso is about on par in terms of protein content (5-6 grams per serving, or about 20 grams per pint). The pints are gluten free, and most importantly, there’s no erythritol, which is the additive in other brands that makes it hard to stop eating once you start. (So yes, all of that other “eat the whole pint” marketing is intentional.)
Where to get it
Most grocery stores that already sold Yasso’s bars are starting to carry the pints, but you can double check that your local chain has them in stock via the “store finder” feature on their website. But be warned, the store I visited was reported as not carrying the pints yet. This was a lie. If you’re feeling lazy, you can also just order any of the pints (or all eight) online through Yasso’s website. Shipping the pints is a lot more expensive though, so take that as you will.
Considering the impressively quick overcrowding of the diet ice cream alternative market, I wasn’t expecting to be that enthused about yet another option. It may be the Greek yogurt base, or the inventive flavors, or simply the trial run via yogurt bars, but Yasso should be on its way to edging out its competition. Or, at the very least, it has likely become my own go-to indulgence.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I care about nutrition and eating foods in whole form. And just like most people, I also care about time and convenience. But first and foremost, I care about taste! My passion is finding tasty, high quality food. I find products all the time that I want to share. This will be the first of many posts that highlight my discoveries. My recommendations will be delicious and almost always be nutritious and quick. There is a lot of junk out there, but I’ll help direct you to the best tasting, highest-quality, nutritious products in a sea of product overload.
One of my favorite products, Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars, are fabulous! This post isn’t sponsored, which hopefully lets you know how much I truly love them. I love ice cream, but these frozen Greek yogurt bars satisfy my craving for ice cream instantly. Yasso isn’t trying to imitate ice cream, they are what they say they are; frozen Greek yogurt bars with 5 grams of protein. They have enough sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, but are still low enough in added natural sugar (no sugar substitutes or artificial flavors) to avoid sabotaging your health. Most of the bars are 100 calories each, though there are a few flavors (some of my favorites) that are only 80 calories per bar. Most importantly, these babies are real food without any artificial taste. Perfect for dessert!
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars bars have been out for a few years, but they’ve improved the taste and taken out any trace of chalkiness that they used to have. They can be purchased at regular grocery stores everywhere. No need to make a special trip. Let them sit out of the freezer to soften for a few minutes for more flavor. One way I resist inhaling them is by not biting into them. That way they last longer and I enjoy them more. They’re so delicious that you’ll want them during any season. I hope you enjoy these sweet and nutritious treats as much as I do!