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COACHSEAN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/12 12:14 P

I know I'm a bit late for this but my gym hands out those mini tootsie rolls at the front desk. 3 are something like 15 calories and since you have to chew on them for a while it seems like a bigger treat than it is.

MOMMYOFFICER SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/12 9:08 A

Chocolate oatmeal does sound yummy! And, I have the cocoa powder at home already! Wasn't sure how I could use it again, but that is a great idea. I can't wait to try it out :)

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,809)
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1/23/12 11:00 P

Ooo! Chocolate, peanut butter & oatmeal! YUM.
What a great idea! Thanks!

FITSLH85 Posts: 110
1/23/12 8:26 P

I saw a recipe in BHG yesterday that said to use a 15oz can of black beans as a substitute for oil and eggs in a brownie recipe. The article said your taste buds wouldn't even notice the difference, but it's heart healthy (supposedly)!

1/23/12 7:50 P

One of my favorite things is Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder (find it on the baking aisle of the grocery store). It's unsweetened, so only 10cal per tablespoon - I add a tablespoon to a serving of oatmeal and sugar free syrup. It turns the whole bowl of oatmeal into a warm gooey chocolatey treat, for only 10 extra calories! Also, you can add other healthy things: a half banana, or 2 tablespoons of flax, or even a spoon of peanut butter if you have the calories to spare!

BARBLYNN4 Posts: 29
1/23/12 11:42 A

I found a single serving brownie recipe in the snack sectiion of the sparkrecipes, I made a ziploc full of the mix and then you add a tbsp of vanilla yogurt to this powder mix. It has satiisfied my chocolatee cravings and iis 95 caloriess. My daughtr and her ffamily were heere for dinner yesterrday aand they loved it too. My daughter and son in law are doing sparkpeople too. To make it a treat they added lowfat /low calorie whipped topping. It only takes a minute to bake in the microwave!

1/23/12 10:02 A

I love the 100 calorie thins bars you can buy, those are great for a quick chocolate fix!

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,809)
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1/22/12 10:45 P

Just discovered this and for me it tames my Chocolate Beast:

Pure Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk (35 cal a cup)
Unsweetened Cocoa

There's all kinds of Almond Milk out there; get the lowest calorie one. Tons of calcium! It's thicker than 'regular' milk and gets real velvety w/ the cocoa.
Pour about a half cup in a glass, add 2 tbsp cocoa & Splenda to taste (I use about 1-2 tbsp).
Mix it up (hard to get rid of the powdery lumps but I still devour it), then fill glass w/ more almond milk (about 2 cups total).
I think the key is using a good quality cocoa (I use a Dutch Process High Fat cocoa by Penzeys - sounds fattening but only 2 grams in a tbsp).
Total calories: 70 (milk) + 40 (cocoa) =110.

Try adding some strong Vietnamese cinnamon as well for a different twist.

As others have said, try some dark chocolate (Trader Joe's has one w/ Blueberries in it - only 130 cal for 3 square section). Y-U-M.

I also like Amber Lyn sugar-free Belgian chocolate. Not low cal (darn) but one of the best SF chocolates I've ever had.

Good luck! Let us know if you find something wonderful out there!

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
1/22/12 9:52 P

I buy Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises

They are about 40 calories each and are so rich and decadant they will help with your cravings for sure !

There are about 30 pieces in the bag and the bag costs $4.99

I also think dark chocolate is not as addictive as milk chocolate.
I can not eat a bag of dark chocolate because they are so rich but I could eat a bag of milk chocolate !!!

LISAWMI SparkPoints: (50,169)
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1/22/12 8:31 P

I keep Hershey dark chocolate kisses on hand for such emergencies. Actually I allow myself one or two a day and it helps keep the chocolate beast away! You can do it! Have a small piece if you have to but don't overdo it. Denying yourself will only make you want it more and possibly binge later.

NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
1/22/12 8:24 P

Well, as cravings go, chocolate is actually pretty common so it doesn't strike me as odd. The thing I do is have a couple Weight Watchers treats in the freezer. There are several very chocolaty ones. If you don't do sugar, you could try the sugar free cocoa drinks. If what you are trying to do is simply NOT cave, I don't know what to suggest that you aren't already doing. I usually am struggling to simply NOT EAT, rather than dealing with specific cravings. I definitely wish you well. I hope you keep posting about this, as it is an issue many of us struggle with.

TERREZAFTIGMAMA SparkPoints: (14,718)
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1/22/12 7:57 P

I am having a rather crazy craving for chocolate. I have made a cup of hot tea and put some sweetener in it, but I am afraid this is not going to satisfy the craving. It's irksome. And cleaning, organizing, reading, and watching British comedies is not making it go away.
I am also arguing with myself that I do not have to satisfy the craving. I usually don't satisfy most cravings. But this one is a doozie.
Any advice?
Maybe a healthy alternative?

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