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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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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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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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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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385 12/31/12 4:37 A
If you look at the numbers in dark chocolate...like, really dark dark chocolate...it 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!)...so 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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