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SARAHANN01 SparkPoints: (1,660)
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4/6/13 7:53 A

Strawberries or banana pieces dipped in some dark chocolate are always yummy. I also like low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt or low-fat chocolate milk when I can craving something sweet. Honestly, if I really feel like I need a piece of chocolate or maybe a chocolate chip cookie I just go for it. The real key here is not going overboard. Yesterday after my lunch I ate two Reese's Miniatures. It was the worst thing I ate that day. 80 calories is not going to kill me, and I know completely depriving myself just isn't going to work for me.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,279)
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4/6/13 7:06 A

Unsweetened cocoa powder.

I make black bean brownies: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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German Chocolate Oatmeal: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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You can add it to yogurt, smoothies, cottage cheese, oatmeal, homemade frozen yogurts, pancakes etc. You will have to add your own sweetener but you can control the amount of sugar.

I also use chocolate whey protein powder in my oatmeal or yogurt.

Or add dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips to oatmeal/yogurt and homemade muffins/breads.


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4/5/13 10:08 P

Get a good quality DARK chocolate with a high cocao content, and just take a couple pieces. Savour the smell, and then just nibble bits off. Roll it in your mouth and feel the different sensors works with taste/smell/texture. Repeat this a few times concentrating on what you are doing. You might just find that THAT is enough to satisfy you - put the rest away for another time. Quality Chocolate is actually a healthy food, but obviously not in quantities.

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DANISARANAC1 Posts: 261
4/5/13 7:19 P

I eat dark chocolate almonds for a snack sometimes. It's kind of like peanut M&Ms.

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now, and what you want MOST.
KKAZEBEER Posts: 113
4/5/13 6:59 P

I love chocolate! I have a few tricks that I use to get my chocolate fix, 1. sugar free Hershey's syrup on a scoop of sugar free vanilla ice cream, 2. A small handful of M&Ms or 3. Fiber One Chocolate Cereal (when I need chocolate & something crunchy!) These seem to meet curb my cravings.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,979
4/5/13 5:59 P

I've never understood eating something chocolate-like. It probably won't satusfy your craving and you would have eaten calories for nothing! Try a small quantity of dark chocolate. I LOVE Ghiradelli sea salt soiree, and 3 HUGE pieces are less then 200 calories. I nibble them and they last me ages.

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There are no shortcuts. No magic bullets. No secret spells. What works is hard work, dedication, and a daily dose of chocolate.
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/5/13 1:52 P

go dark chocolate. Check out Trader Joe's if you have one in your area. they have chocolate that is to die for and not high in sugar.

I get my chocolate from Beyond Organics and it is awesome. a couple teeny squares and I am satisfied

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TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,428)
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4/5/13 11:12 A

Skinny Cow Chocolate Candies...or I just have the real thing, and adjust my calorie intake somewhere else. After a while, the craving doesn't come on as strong and 1 piece does the trick. Sometimes, Mr. Goodbar is the only way though! emoticon

YOGAGIRL289 Posts: 456
4/5/13 10:52 A

I buy my favorite dark chocolate bar, break it up into squares, and put it in the freezer in a ziplock bag. Then when I am craving chocolate, I can just take out a bite-sized piece and enjoy.


JENSTRESS Posts: 3,350
4/5/13 10:49 A

I have cut it out for now. RIght now, I need to get everything under my control. And adding chocolate isn't really in my control. I very likely will binge if I keep it in the house, so I just don't. I mean, I guess it is in my house with all the easter candy from the kids, but I am able to think of that as "theirs" so I don't eat it. I know that when I reach some more goals, I will have some more chocolate. I don't plan on cutting it out forever, but I want to wait until it doesn't have the hold on me that it feels like it does right now. I'm sure in a few months, chocolate won't be such a big deal...

KAB7801 SparkPoints: (83,315)
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4/5/13 10:39 A

Can live without it

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Take Delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart desires
LEC358 SparkPoints: (10,829)
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4/5/13 8:41 A

I'm a huge fan of adding unsweetened cocoa powder (NOT hot chocolate mix) to the smoothies I make. It adds about 10 calories but so much chocolatey goodness :)

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,009
4/5/13 8:38 A

Hershey's now makes dark chocolate kisses. You can eat 5 of those for 100 calories.

Ghirardelli cocoa 86% Dark Chocolate, not as sweet as the 72% one, but it is so intense that 2 small squares are all you want. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance. So, Satisfy Your Chocolate Craving. It is also said chocolate os good for the heart and colon.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

KARA623 Posts: 727
4/5/13 8:37 A

There is no substitute for chocolate; if you're craving chocolate and try to replace it with something that doesn't measure up, you may run the risk of having the substitute AND the chocolate. I'm not really of the "quit cold turkey" philosophy, so I think that if you are really craving chocolate, you should find a way to have some in moderation. The way I learned to discipline myself with cravings is to never give into it on a whim but instead plan to have it in a moderate amount on another day when I could fit it into my daily calories. What I would do is wait for tomorrow, work out, then go and get a single-serving chocolate treat, eat it slowly, and enjoy it without guilt knowing that you are having it on your terms.

One thing I can suggest is getting the little squares of dark chocolate - Dove or Hershey's Bliss. They are less sweet and more filling. Dark chocolate is not bad for you. I don't think you need to have it every day, but sometimes a girl has to have chocolate. Have it, but have it under your control.

Edited by: KARA623 at: 4/5/2013 (08:38)
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MRSMASCH SparkPoints: (428)
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4/5/13 8:31 A

I am craving chocolate but don't really want to eat it because of the sugar and calories. Is there a "healthy" chocolate out there or do you have any suggestions for a good alternative treat?

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