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1/1/13 8:47 A

Dark chocolate is the best.

I like to add a tablespoon of semisweet chocolate chips to my oatmeal a few times a week.

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12/31/12 10:35 P

I don't think there is anything wrong with using some discretionary calories on a little chocolate. I don't like dark so I don't waste my calories on it. I get good quality (not cadbury) milk chocolate and have a little most days. It fits into my calorie budget so there are no problems. I just can't go nuts on it.

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12/31/12 7:56 P

In chocolate bars, Go as dark as you possibly can.
There are also 40-60 calorie chocolate fudge-cicles at most supermarkets.

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12/31/12 4:37 P

I go for the super dark stuff too but like Nanny I eased in really quickly I admit I love the dark bittersweet roasted taste. Sometimes I make oatmeal with a few shavings of the dark stuff some nuts and raisins and its like a yummy choco oatmeal cookie (learned from another SP member!) I will eat a little piece while I sip black coffee or tea and it makes the chocolate taste sweeter and it slowly melts. Hot cocoa is good if you splurge on a really good brand of dark hot cocoa, you get to control the amount, sweetness and calories and it makes me feel satisfied and full :) But really if milk chocolate is your thing...indulge in moderation of course!

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12/31/12 12:18 P

I'm a low carber, but I need something sweet at the end of the day. I go with 2-3 dark chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joe's. I actually hate dark chocolate, but it has less sugar and I've grown fond of these. It really curbs my sugar/chocolate craving.

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12/31/12 12:05 P

anything with 70% cocao or higher is gonna be best for you. If that tastes too bitter, try the higher percent with mint. I've found the mint mellows out the bitter taste

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12/31/12 11:25 A

I second dipping dark chocolate in fruit

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12/31/12 11:14 A

If you're going for health, the darker the better. (The higher % cocoa, the better.) We love dark chocolate in our home. We eat it almost every day. Everything in moderation.

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12/31/12 10:55 A

dark and daily

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12/31/12 7:38 A

eat dark chocolate dipped fruit...but this should be no more than a once a day kind of thing.

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12/31/12 7:21 A

Here's an article you might find helpful:

Coach Jen

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12/31/12 4:37 A

If you look at the numbers in dark, really dark dark is a reasonably healthy yummy snack. It has taken me a while, but I've trained my palette up to the 99% stuff (don't start with it!) if you are used to milk chocolate, start with maybe a 70% dark and bump it every few weeks. The higher the %, the lower the calories and lower the carbs. 6 months ago, I'd pucker at 75%, now even 85% tastes like a New Year's party in my mouth.

Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 12/31/2012 (04:38)

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12/31/12 2:58 A

I really don't want to give up chocolate as a snack. Just wondering if anyone can help me find healthier versions of the chocolate variety. Thank you all in advance!

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