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HAWTLIKEME
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1/29/13 10:29 A

Any bit of sweet will offset the bitterness. You also don't need to use much of the cocoa powder to get a nice hit of fudgy flavour. I put a few berries in with my oats and milk with the cocoa and it is simply decadent.



AKASHA66
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1/29/13 3:41 A

I put unsweetened cocoa in my smoothie every morning. It is GOOD for you--see post a few down with nutritional breakdown. Not Quik chocolate or anything like that though, unsweetened cocoa powder. In the smoothie, there is also fruit and yogurt so the bitterness isn't an issue.



MLANCE1
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1/28/13 9:26 P

I try to add cocoa into things too but it makes things so bitter. How do yall offset the bitterness of cocoa powder?



CLARK971
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1/28/13 2:22 P

i use unsweetened cocoa in my cream of wheat sometimes. i have also used some of the kids nesquik in it. while nesquik is not the healthiest choice, a teaspoon only has 10 calories. I usually use between 1/2 teaspoon and teasoopn in a serving.

it is about what you like and what changes you can stay with long term.


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RIET69
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1/28/13 11:51 A

Nothing is bad for you unless you are allergic to it. On this site all foods are possible as long as you track it. Enjoy the cocoa!



SUSAN_FOSTER
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1/28/13 11:22 A

I agree with PP - unsweetened cocoa can be a great flavor additive. But I also want to strongly re-iterate - there are no "no-no" foods. There might be some that you decide don't fit in your way of eating, but there are none that cannot be fit in to a healthy diet in the right portions. And the important part of the last sentence is the last part - in the right portions.



-POOKIE-
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1/28/13 9:10 A

UN SWEETENED cocoa is good for you!

And a really low calorie way to enjoy chocolate, I love making porridge (oatmeal) with it in and topping with hazelnut or peanut butter.



DOUGLYE
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1/28/13 1:14 A

Are you kidding? emoticon
Ask the right person and they will tell you AIR is bad for you.

Go for the cocoa. Mixing it yourself has GOT to be better than the manufactured ingredients that you can't pronounce
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REYNINGSUNSHINE
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1/28/13 1:05 A

Unsweetened cocoa that isn't dutch-processed is actually REALLY good for you. It isn't diluted with a ton of excess sugar and hasn't been stripped of the nutrients. Cocoa powder is low in calorie but delivers strong chocolate taste. I've been using it to make my own hot chocolate for years now. A tablespoon has less than 15 calories and provides 5-10% of trace minerals like copper, magnesium, etc-- plus it is has iron (7% DV for a tbsp), 1.5 g of fiber, a gram of protein, and ~110 mg of potassium (about 1/3 the amount of a small banana, making it have a higher potassium-per-calorie ranking than bananas! or milk!).

Long story short- cocoa powder is actually really darn good for you.



TACDGB
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1/28/13 12:36 A

I agree that small amouts of chocolate is not bad for you. Dark chocolate has good things in it. just make sure it is within your calorie range.



JENNILACEY
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1/27/13 7:41 P

Unsweetened cocoa isn't bad. Half a tablespoon is only 6 cals, 1 carb and 1 protein. It is a bit bitter. I wouldn't say chocolate is a "no no food", having too much of it is and not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate has the most health benefits. I'm not opposed to adding a tablespoon of semi sweet chocolate chips to my oatmeal if it fits in my cal range and macronutrients.



HAWTLIKEME
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1/27/13 7:39 P

Are you trying to avoid sugar and other processed food triggers? If so, I can relate, but I add cocoa to lots of things without worry of triggering a sugar or carb craving. It has no sugar and insignificant calories, so I enjoy it without guilt and all the while enhancing the flavour of my yogurt, protein shakes, oatmeal among other things and it really helps when a chocolate craving hits and nothing else will do!



RUSSELL_40
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1/27/13 7:08 P

Try it and find out. People would be better off if they conducted experiments on themselves to find things out. If it doesn't cause YOU a problem, enjoy the cocoa.



MANDIETERRIER1
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1/27/13 7:03 P

The nice thing about Spark is that nothing, including chocolate sweetened or not, is off limits.



STEPHEN_NANNY
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1/27/13 6:56 P

I have high cacao % chocolate as part of my breakfast almost every day...so, I'm not sure what no-no list to which you refer :) ...but dark unsweetened chocolate isn't that bad at all, so I'd put a modest amount in your oatmeal and enjoy...sounds yummy!



ISAYWHIPIT
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1/27/13 6:52 P

I have been experimenting with my oatmeal and I came across a recipe that calls for cocoa. I know eating chocolate has always been on the no no list but I am not sure on this one. It's unsweetened. I also do not want to start my day off on the wrong foot. Should I skip it or try it?



 
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