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Being lactose intolerant has had it’s difficult moments. Time after time having to explain to people why I can’t eat pizza. Not going out on a hot summer night for ice cream. The worst part? Knowing exactly what pizza and ice cream tastes like. Growing up eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast every morning. Eating an ice cream cone from McDonald’s while watching the airplanes take off with Grandpa. Through the years, there have been improvements and alternatives. Yogurt with live active cultures and cheese alternatives such as soy and tofu. I made due. I tried cheeseless pizza. I’ve traveled many miles to go to a TCBY. Though it will still bother me, I have gotten used to not being able to have dairy. Then things became more difficult. I am also gluten intolerant. Isn’t life grand!! There are plenty of options for me. I have my bitter moments, but for the most part it’s not too bad. Just the other day I was at Meijer and found they have their own brand of gluten-free cereal. Even Olive Garden had gluten-free pasta (just make sure the teenage waiter/waitress understands the difference between gluten-free and whole-wheat). It’s a good thing I can tell difference just by looking at it!! Boy could that have been an adventurous evening.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand…Yumz. My Mom and I went for a road trip the other day to go to Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt. It was my first time, but she had been there before. It’s an amazing experience and a very creative idea. The idea was very well planned and thought out. When you walk in, the design of the store is very simple, yet fun, festive, and entertaining. Each customer takes a dish and chooses their choice(s) of frozen yogurt from the many soft-serve machines along the wall. Each machine has two choices with the added option of swirl. Once you fill up your dish with frozen yogurt, it’s on to the toppings. Sprinkles, crushed candy bars, cereal, fruit, flavored chips, syrups and more. Now for the best part….The Scale! The only item on the so-called menu – $.42 per ounce. This is where your eyes, stomach and reality meet. Oh, don’t forget your wallet. Either make sure you bring enough cash or have a credit card, but just remember, you can’t put anything back. Once it’s in your bowl, you’re buying it! After you’ve spent your weekly allowance on the first day of the week, it’s time to sit down and enjoy. There are comfy couches, chairs, and little tables. To get a better picture, imagine a page is ripped out of the Ikea catalogue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ikea…and the cool green spoons you get with your Yumz!

Some things to keep in mind as you take the soccer team for a post-game celebration:

  • smaller is better – it’s not a requirement to completely fill your dish
  • keep an eye on your kids – their eyes are bigger than their stomachs…and your wallet
  • ask for a frequent filler card – the fabulous teenagers working behind the counter won’t offer you the option to get 6 oz free after you spend $42 (which for some could add up pretty quickly!)

Enjoy 😀

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