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27 Sensible Ways to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

Better-for-You Chocolate Treats for 60-160 Calories

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TFAY511847
4/12/2012 6:17:18 PM

Many, many good ideas. -- Here are a few more: 1) Lindt has a dark chocolate bar with only 6g of sugar per serving!! It satisfies a chocolate craving & is good for you! 2) I like Trader Joe's Soy Creamy mini vanilla ice cream (soy) sandwiches. You cannot tell that they are soy & they only have 90 calories per bar! 3) Dry oats mixed with 1-2 tbsp of natural peanut butter, flax seed & chocolate chips is good too! Similar to cookies without the added sugar!!! -- I loved the 'stiring cocoa into oatmeal' suggestion! Sounds satisfying & filling!!! -- The Kashi oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are SUPER yummy! I've thrown them into the freezer to make them a little crunchy & it makes them more satisfying. They do not freeze rock hard. -- Regarding some comments regarding organic &/or natural foods being expensive, it depends on where you shop!! If you shop at your traditional grocery store, yes, but Trader Joe's has GREAT prices & is VERY affordable!!!
4/12/2012 5:38:18 PM

AMYRYLE's SparkPage
My two go to snacks for catering to my chocolate need are first, vitamuffin deep chocolate vitatops. They are 100 calories and have several grams of fiber and protein in each. Second, is a FiberOne brownie, only 90 calories and again several grams of fiber. They satisfy my need for chocolate and fill me up.
4/12/2012 3:28:59 PM

JAVAQUEEN74's SparkPage
The only things in this list that I would recommend to people are the lara bars, the Kashi items and the Luna bars. Everything else has highly questionable ingredients in them.

Eat clean, baby!
KSRAY729
4/12/2012 3:25:00 PM

My favorite go-to chocolate fix is a Dove dark chocolate square with 1/2 a teaspoon of peanut butter on top. Way better than a Reese's especially with the dark chocolate!
MARYMIN
4/12/2012 11:45:19 AM

I don't know how many calories it is, but my quick and cheap chocolate fix is what I call "Chocolate Bunny". Sort of tastes like the marshmallow bunnies they used to have at Easter. Little marshmallows and chocolate chips (make a few layers) put into a measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. If it spills over on high...then you have just put too much in the cup. Stir it around when it is done and eat right out of the cup. Very good and filling. The plus is you don't have chocolate bars hanging around and for the bit of trouble, you have time to think about it and also regulate how much you put in the cup.
IBEECUTE
4/12/2012 11:24:50 AM

I have satisfied my chocolate habit, every morning I have a cup of coffee and I put one envelope of hot chocolate mix 20 cal. into the coffee. GREAT way to start the day. It has helped me lose 30 lbs so far.
4/12/2012 10:58:19 AM

CMD703's SparkPage
Hi, I agree with everything you wrote, MaianaJewel. Substitute a good dark chocolate for the Hershey's in a lot of these suggestions and they're great choices. I too work some dark chocolate into my diet almost everyday. For me, that is part of making lifestyle changes that are permanent and don't feel so restrictive that you wind up going crazy and start binging. I very much enjoy the Kashi Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies listed here. One of those, eaten slowly, chewed well, with a cup of hot tea is one of my go-to night time snacks. It fits right into my nutrition plan. The Ghiradelli Squares are also delicious, as is a cup of real hot chocolate made with skim milk. As with everything else, I think the key is do you eat it to appreciate it or do you devour it? I put whatever it is on a plate, sit down and truly savor every bite. Hard to feel deprived after that!
4/12/2012 10:37:43 AM

MAIANAJEWEL's SparkPage
I'd like to recommend using a fair trade semi-sweet or dark chocolate instead of Hershey's which is known to not be fair trade. Also, a darker chocolate contains less fat and more intense chocolate taste. I'm all for milk chocolate but I'm a chocolate snob and to me Hershey's is waxy (especially the kisses) - there are so many great fair trade/organic chocolates out there - if you are going to treat yourself then demand something better - you and your body are worth it, not to mention the planet and the people who grow and harvest the chocolate. FYI some of the worst human rights violations take place in the chocolate industry including child labor and slavery so try and make sure that you are buying fair trade chocolate.

Also for me? I don''t consider a square of chocolate to be "giving in to a craving". I make room in my calorie budget for that - chocolate has wonderful antioxidant properties and mono unsaturated fatty acids. I've lost 100 lbs and I've never denied myself something that I truly want, to me that is setting myself up for failure. I understand the need for people to keep away from things that trigger them but I find that for me the opposite is true so I have a nice square or two of very good high quality fair trade chocolate at least once daily.
4/12/2012 10:16:23 AM

HAIRCONDITIONER's SparkPage
Wow! My mother sometimes bought chocolate covered graham crackers when I was a child. This is a bit of mom's wisdom that I had forgotten.
4/12/2012 9:50:59 AM

BECKATHA72's SparkPage
I really like Nutella! 1 Tablespoon on whole wheat toast is enough to hold my chocolate cravings! 1 T is only 100 calories, has 3 g of protein, & it's made with hazelnuts.
4/12/2012 9:48:15 AM

LOVEANTIQUES's SparkPage
Wow! I think some people are a little harsh. There are many suggestions here. I believe they are meant to give you ideas that might spark your own as well. While some may not be very nutritious, they are all better than eating a full-sized candy bar. And what isn't nutritious about putting a few chocolate chips into yogurt?

There are many different people that use Spark People. Not everyone is at the stage of eating 100% natural foods. While I agree natural is definitely preferred as is dark chocolate, I appreciate the different ideas here. I will be using some of them - and substituting dark chocolate for semi-sweet.

And to the person that is leaving Spark People because it isn't nutritious enough, good luck to you. It's too bad you couldn't contribute by making better suggestions and, instead, chose to rip on someone who is trying to help instead. I thought the idea is that we're all in this together?
4/12/2012 9:29:17 AM

ALLIE_ME's SparkPage
I eat a square of Ghirardelli's unsweetened chocolate bar. If you're off sugar it doesn't taste bitter at all; just an amazing chocolate flavor which completely satisfies any craving.
K_STEFANIAK
4/12/2012 9:28:25 AM

I have to agree with Elsie 231. Most of this is junk and although it's low in calories, it's also low in nutritional value. We have a serious obesity issue in this country and it's largely due to us eating stuff like that has no nutritional value. Yeah. It may be only 150 calories, but every calorie matters so why waste them on foods that are void of any nutritional benefits. The only way for people to establish and maintain a healthy weight is by eating more whole foods.
MAINEMOMMA62
4/12/2012 8:47:11 AM

My go to chocolate bar is Green & Black's 85% Cocoa found at the organic section of the grocery store or at my health food store. Total satisfaction!
4/12/2012 7:31:15 AM

PURPLEZEBRA01's SparkPage
My absolute favorite is Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate chips. One serving is 15 grams. I weigh out 15-18 grams and eat them slowly. UNDER 100 CALORIES!! Eating slowly is the key - makes it very satisfying, even for this avowed chocoholic. AND all the benefits dark chocolate!

BTW - I love my food scale. I got it from Walmart online you can turn it on, set a container on it, press a button, and it goes back to zero. It weighs grams or ounces. It's small and looks nice on my counter. It was under $20. Can weigh up to 3 lb. of food (or mail!) AND for $1.27, Walmart sent it directly to my front door in just a few days!

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