When it comes to getting a healthy snack, it’s hard to beat yogurt. Even New York agrees ‒‒ yogurt is the official state snack there. After all, yogurt provides protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium and has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis. Yogurt may also reduce the risk of heart attack, discourage yeast infections, and generally help you feel fuller so you don’t overeat.

And what cooler way to enjoy yogurt than to grab a cup at YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, the newest healthy frozen yogurt spot in the Princeton North Shopping Center? Owner Seema Sharma, long-time Princeton resident, opened the area’s first YoFresh store in May, in part to give back to the community through healthy ingredients bought from local farms.

“Coming from a background with a focus on healthy body and mind through yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda (natural medication), there could be nothing better than offering a healthy environment and healthy food to the community,” Sharma says. And yogurt is a natural fit for Sharma and her husband, a pair of vegetarians who moved to the U.S. from India 15 years ago. A visit to Princeton five years ago triggered a dream to send their children to Princeton University. Their dream was indeed fulfilled.

So far, the community has welcomed Sharma family and YoFresh. The shop’s tasty flavors, myriad topping combinations, location next to the Princeton Fitness Center, and a growing awareness of yogurt’s healthy benefits are already putting this shop on the map. “There will always be at least 12 flavors, but every few weeks we will switch offerings so each visit will be new and exciting,” she says.

Offerings may include cake batter, cheesecake, salted caramel, cookies ’n’ cream, or mango sorbet, but you’ll have to come back regularly to try them all. The menu also includes smoothies and a newly added fresh juice bar for fitness focused customers. Freshly made juices include Cholesterol Control, Vision Enhancer, Blood Purifier, and Sugar Reducer through a rare combination of fruits and vegetables.

Part of the fun at YoFresh is how customers can dispense their own yogurt, scooping as much as they like, then choosing from 50 toppings such as fruits, nuts, sprinkles, cereals, candies, syrups, and sauces as well as make their own smoothie and juices. Using YoFresh’s ‘Weigh & Pay’ formula, customers pay by the ounce. YoFresh calls it “lots o’ toppings.” ’

The YoFresh staff instructs customers on the art of designing their own creations, and customers can request a free flavor-tasting cup before ordering. “Delicious is an understatement,” Sharma says. “It’s impossible to get something you won’t like.” And it’s a great place to have parties, meetings, and fund raising events.

YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 1225 Route 206, Montgomery. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 609-454-5391.

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