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How Many Calories in a Yogurt Parfait: 85% People Don’t Know

Or, more specifically, how many calories are in a parfait made with Yoplait Light yogurt and topped with granola before being poured over Total cereal bits?

Parfait: 1200 calories.  Granola topping: 620 calories. Total Cereal Bits: 400 calories. 

But hang on there, gluttonous Yogurt Parfait-lover, because the above calorie count doesn’t tell the whole story.

How many spoonfuls of granola did you eat?  That’s where it gets tricky.  How many calories are in a tablespoon of your favorite granola topping?  Or how much yogurt did you end up eating after dipping your spoon into the jar of granola?  Also, how many spoonfuls of Total cereal bits did you eat?  How much cereal did you end up eating with your parfait? 

(The answer is probably 1/4 cup.)

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If you ask the company whose product made up 2/3rds of that parfait, Yoplait, they’ll tell you to use this handy calorie calculator.  The calculator only asks how many ounces of yogurt and granola topping you ate, not how much of that product was scraped out into your parfait bowl.

Yoplait must know their customers don’t eat just one ounce of yogurt or top it with just a single tablespoon of granola.  They also know that most people who top yogurt with cereal will probably eat some of the cereal.

You can’t blame them for wanting you to report your granola consumption accurately. Yoplait wants its customers to be prepared when they go over their calorie budget and start spilling into other food groups.

It is why Yoplait has its #BreakTheDish campaign.  If you read the instructions on individual yogurt cups, they tell you: “Once your favorite combination of flavors are mixed…your parfait is ready to eat!”

But when you break down all the calories in your favorite yogurt parfait, it can get a little confusing.  They can help you better figure out how many calories your favorite combination contains and shows you how to properly track those calories on MyFitnessPal (or another calorie tracking app).   

So with all the information above, it’s time for me to break down my #BreakTheDish yogurt parfait officially.

BEFORE BREAKDOWN:       140 calories per 1/2 cup serving of Yoplait Light yogurt.  

BEFORE BREAKDOWN:       420 calories in a serving (1/3 cup) of granola topping that includes 8g fat and 14g sugar, approximately 2 tbsp.

TOTAL CALORIES IN PARFAIT:         922 calories.  

AFTER BREAKDOWN:       134 calories per 1/2 cup serving of Yoplait Light yogurt (922 total calories in the parfait minus 578 calories, divided by 2). 

AFTER BREAKDOWN:        394 calories in a serving (1/3 cup) of granola topping that includes 8g fat and 14g sugar, approximately 2 tbsp.

TOTAL CALORIES IN PARFAIT:         520 calories.  

Here’s the breakdown if you want to recreate my favorite Yoplait

  • Light flavor parfait:    3/4 cup Yoplait Light yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Yoplait granola topping (2 tbsp)

TOTAL CALORIES IN PARFAIT:     254 calories

Is yogurt parfait good for weight loss?

Absolutely!  It’s filled with low-calorie ingredients that don’t have much sugar, fat, or sodium.  And since the yogurt is flavored with fruit on the bottom and not artificial ingredients added to the top, it also tastes great.   To me, this means I can eat without gaining weight so long as I control portion sizes.  I can eat it as a snack or dessert and not worry about going over my calorie budget for the day.

How many calories are in a fruit parfait with yogurt?

That depends, but assuming the yogurt is low-fat, and you have 1/2 cup of strawberries in your parfait, it’s hard to imagine how you could get over 700 calories.  It makes fruit parfaits one of my favorite.

How much yogurt should I eat a day to lose weight?

If you want to lose weight and think of yogurt as a snack, aim for about 100 calories per serving.  It means 1/2 cup or one container (5.3oz.).  If you have Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt, it is closer to 150 calories per serving.