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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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2/13/2012 7:59:58 AM

ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPage
Fine as far as pre-packaged, processed foods are concerned: but how about stocking cocoa powder and adding it to your oatmeal when you cook it in milk, etc.? Do it yourself can be very satisfying, and healthier, too!
LIZABAKER
2/13/2012 7:43:32 AM

Nice to see so many options...but sad to see that so many of them are highly processed and/or involve chocolate from companies w/ questionable labor and environmental practices. Our solution at the office is to purchase only organic, fair-trade chocolate - the price of that will make anyone eat less of it and enjoy every little nibble!
KWOZZIEY
2/13/2012 4:21:03 AM

Yes like others, I like some chocolate every now and then but feel guilty as I am trying to lead a better eating lifestyle. Even though my efforts so far have made me proud, these helpful hints will help me tremendously. The only thing is though, does anyone else have ideas like these based on the brands sold in Australia? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
2/12/2012 10:12:53 PM

KOALA_BEAR's SparkPage
You left out chocolate sorbet which is fat-free. Safeway carries a good one. Also sugar free pudding, and chocolate protein powder mixed with water. If you blend it with half a banana, you get potassium and fiber in a shake that's super rich and tasty.

A slice of Entemann's low fat pound cake with a bit of dark chocolate sauce drizzled over it and some fresh raspberries or a fruit spread is killer for when you crave sweets but need to control the chocolate & calories. I really like having chocolate as part of something healthier.

And I agree wtih the comment that cereals - rice crispies, shredded wheat, corn chex, etc with (warm) chocolate soy/almond milk is very good and wholesome for controlled calories.
2/12/2012 10:03:29 PM

SUNNYWBL's SparkPage
You are missing my absolute fave, Fiber One 90 Calorie Chocolate Fudge Brownies!
2/12/2012 9:35:51 PM

SMUDDIE's SparkPage
Love the diy chocolate covered raisin idea. For me they will hit the spot even better because my faves are golden raisins and dark chocolate, and I have yet to find that combo, transfat or no. Also, thanks to the commenters who mentioned the cocoa covered almonds. I must try that, but I'll probably make my own since I have the ingredients already, and using an egg white to glue it all on will only add protein. Yea!
2/12/2012 7:26:31 PM

JEANNINEMM68's SparkPage
Love these hints. I really like the fiber one bars and the hot chocolate.
MYTIME001
2/12/2012 12:52:36 PM

Many of the homemade suggestions, I would support. A lot of the suggestions however include preprocessed junk food. I suggest chocolate nibs or a square or two of dark, dark chocolate.
2/12/2012 12:11:25 PM

CAROLANNETTE4's SparkPage
I love my hot chocolate in the winter and the chocolate almonds I just discovered and they are wonderful. Fulfills me in so many levels... mmm good!
KCP332
2/12/2012 12:01:26 PM

I agree with the Cocoa Almonds! They have that "richness" to them from the dark chocolate and nuttiness that really satisfies. A half-serving (6-8 almonds) is less than 100 calories, plus gives you heart-healthy fat and protein.

I keep a bag of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises for my daily "sweet treat." If you just nibble at it, it can last a few minutes and the creamy taste hits the spot. They're nearly impossible to eat on a whim if you keep them in the fridge or freezer!

If I have extra calories to meet in a day, I like to mix up a smoothie with some combination of yogurt, milk, frozen banana/other fruit, peanut butter, etc. and a Tb of cocoa powder. I feel like I'm drinking a fatty milk-shake!
2/12/2012 11:00:49 AM

DBCLARINET's SparkPage
Some of these are good suggestions... Some of these are so processed I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole!

I second the comment about Emerald cocoa almonds -- they're absolutely delicious! You can make them at home easily with a pound of raw almonds, one egg white, cocoa powder, and maybe some kind of powdered sweetener.

Green & Black's also makes fabulous dark chocolate that I've been able to find in single-serving bars -- a good thing, since a large bar is usually 2 1/2 servings and I have to at least split it with hubby so I don't eat the whole thing.

My other recent favorite is Back to Nature's Pacific Heights blend "trail mix" (I use that term loosely here). Dark chocolate covered almonds, sea salt almonds, and dried cherries. The only problem is that one bag has 9 servings, which means each serving is literally about 7 pieces. But I would rather have just 7 of those pieces than a chocolate rice cake!

What I do like on the list: Jocalat Lara bars -- they taste like brownies! Chocolate soy milk (I would pick some alternative other than soy, but almond, rice and coconut all have their chocolate option). Kashi cookies, although I would never be able to eat just one! Chocolate chips in yogurt. Edy's Slow-Churned ice cream, especially now that you can find single-serving tubs in your grocery store. Chocolate-covered raisins.

But the chocolate chip Pillsbury crescent roll? Fail-sauce, guys. Fail.
2/12/2012 10:27:29 AM

ANDROMEDA1967's SparkPage
I have also had cereal in hot chocolate to fix my chocolate craving
2/12/2012 9:58:34 AM

MIZLIZ8's SparkPage
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds. Almonds dusted with dark cocoa powder that have only 150 calories in a one oz serving. I know its more than a 60 cal rice cake but there's a lot more nutrition in nuts.
2/12/2012 9:20:22 AM

GINAV2's SparkPage
There's a lot of highly processed junk in that list... don't underestimate the power of a small square or two of high quality dark chocolate! Rich, satisfying, low calorie, no-frills, and chock full of antioxidants.
2/12/2012 8:54:36 AM

4A-HEALTHY-BMI's SparkPage
Can't have boxes of anything in the house or freezer. When it comes to treats I just don't seem to be able to stop at just one.

So when I have the rare craving for chocolate I hit up the bulk aisle of the grocery store and buy the smallest possible amount I can of whatever it is I want. That way there isn't more tempting me after it's gone.

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