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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pinkberry: Healthy, Swirly Goodness Now in Manila

Even when I’m on a diet, one thing I can never sacrifice is dessert. I can live with only veggies, lean meat and fruits for meals, but I always need something to satisfy my sweet tooth. When I’m really serious about eating healthy (read: those days when I don’t cheat with small bags of cookies or chips!) I opt for desserts with lower sugar and fat content such as dark chocolate and frozen yogurt.

Fro-yo has been in Manila for years, but it was not until two months ago that Pinkberry, one of the frozen yogurt pioneers in the US, hit our shores. I’ve heard about the brand on American TV shows (like The Hills) and wondered what made it so different from the other fro-yo places we already have here, so I had to give it a try.

When I visited its first Manila branch in Greenbelt 5, I was greeted with bright smiles from the staff and an equally cheery ambiance. The punchy colors on the walls, chic Philippe Starck furniture, and hip music gave the store a fun, lively vibe.

The menu features six flavors—original, green tea, chocolate, mango, watermelon and pomegranate—and you can taste each of them before deciding which one to get. You can have a side-by-side combination or have two flavors swirled together. Your choice can be swirled in a cone, cups in small, medium or large, or an even bigger 25-ounce tub that you can take home.

Pinkberry is made with real nonfat yogurt and fresh nonfat milk, and the optional fruit toppings are always fresh (not frozen!) and hand-cut daily in-store—yep, even the raspberries and blueberries! Aside from these, the toppings bar boasts of high quality, healthy picks like toasted crunchy almonds, organic gummy bears with no high fructose corn syrup, and premium Belgian chocolate, among many others. Health buffs would also be thrilled to know that the menu and topping labels specify calorie content!

For orders to go, you can grab a Pinkberry insulated Chilly Bliss Bag for only 400 pesos. The staff will gladly add ice packs to ensure that your frozen yogurt can last up to two hours travel time.

My favorites are the original, pomegranate and chocolate flavors. The original one is just the way I like my fro-yo—light and smooth with a tart flavor and just a hint of sweetness. The pomegranate (above) really tasted like it was made with 100 percent California-grown pure pomegranate juice, without overpowering the tangy flavor of the yogurt. The chocolate was rich and almost tasted like milk chocolate ice cream—great for when you’re craving for milk chocolate but don’t want to ruin your diet!

also enjoyed the Pinkberry Fruit Parfait, fro-yo with a thick layer of fruits and granola in the middle. Just like the other items on the menu, the parfait can be customized with your choice of toppings as well. What makes this yummy, tall cup even more heavenly is knowing that it's good for you.

Head over to Pinkberry and you won’t be afraid to indulge!

For more information, check out the Pinkberry website and Facebook page.

The CityLifeStylist


Anonymous said...

edHi guys im Rhed,a shiftleader from PINKBERRY here on L.A.. natauwa naman ako because may PB na din sa philippines.. im gonna be there on April..
Hope you guys can swirl for me :)

Therese San Diego said...

Hi, Rhed!

Yup, Pinkberry opened its first branch in Manila last December. Bagong bago pa but it seems to be doing really well. Plans for opening new branches are swirling already! :D