Nosh Pit: Yummy yuzu marshmallows and sorbet and matcha milk tea at Kappo 

click to enlarge Yuzu Sorbet

Jessica Bryce Young

Yuzu Sorbet

If you're attempting to shed some pounds in the New Year but still feel a pull toward snacks, this suite of sweets will satisfy the sugar cravings without smashing your goals.

The chef-owners of Kappo at East End Market, justifiably celebrated for their sushi omakase and lunchtime chirashi bowls, also have a sideline in quick-to-pick-up Japanese treats. Some are bought in (like sugary Ramune soda) but the cooler case also holds bottles of tea, onigiri (rice balls) and other small eats made in-house.

Three we love: Matcha milk tea, packaged in a handsome little square glass bottle, is a silky-smooth way to get your caffeine and sugar for the day; the organic soy milk keeps it light. Yuzu marshmallows are tiny and there are just three to the package, but these pillowy confectionery buttons punch way above their weight – just one of them floods your mouth with sweet-tart citrus flavor. And yuzu sorbet (they also sometimes offer starfruit), while it's not a low-sugar indulgence, is at least a light one, lacking the fat and dairy of ice cream or gelato. The pale-yellow ice has a rounded sour-sweetness with a pleasant, faintly bitter edge, which carries an additional diet benefit: That citrus bite ruins the flavor of anything you eat or drink for about an hour afterward.

Yuzu marshmallows, $1.50; matcha milk tea, $3.50; yuzu sorbet, $7; Kappo at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; kappoeastend.com

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