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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,103)
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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.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
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.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
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.

ACKWARDATTIMES Posts: 140
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!

ARMARTIN527 SparkPoints: (15,640)
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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.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
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

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,745
12/31/12 11:25 A

I second dipping dark chocolate in fruit

CAH-RD Posts: 968
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.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (124,561)
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12/31/12 10:55 A

dark and daily

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,426)
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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.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,691
12/31/12 7:21 A

Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=785


Coach Jen

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (10,496)
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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)
CLSINGS777 Posts: 18
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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