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27 Sensible Ways to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

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


2/13/2012 12:03:11 PM

Mmm... chemicals! No thanks. And c'mon, chocolate covered pretzels are one of the most addicting snacks EVER! (Who can REALLY stop after just 15?)

I usually just go for a piece of dark, dark chocolate.
2/13/2012 11:18:18 AM

GETTO140's SparkPage
Here are two others...Aldi's Fit and Active Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream bars...100 calories and I like them better than Skinny Cow. Jello sugar-free chocolate pudding snacks are 60 calories.
2/13/2012 10:22:38 AM

Wow, lots of fun suggestions on here! I really like the mini-croissant idea, and will try making that for my husband later. :D
A warning for the first item - the chocolate rice cakes have artificial sugar in them. I learned that the hard way when I only skimmed the label and missed it. Stomach cramps for hours, oogh.
2/13/2012 10:01:23 AM

There is nothing sensible about these suggestions! I agree with the comment that all that is needed is some fair-trade, organic dark chocolate for a 'healthy' fix. The rest is padding the pockets of Big Food, making us fat and sick and playing into the hands of Big Pharma.
2/13/2012 7:59:58 AM

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!
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!
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.
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

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!
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

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.

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