Like the replies below me, I also eat semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
I sometimes keep a 70% dark chocolate bar in my desk at work and I'll eat 3 squares which is about 55 calories. At home, I go for semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon is about 70 calories. That will satisfy the craving.
Someone below mentioned Green & Black's chocolate and I cannot recommend this enough! so delicious!
Also tootsie rolls are good if you can moderate how many you eat.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips. I measure out a portion, say one heaping tablespoon into a bowl. Put the bag of chips away. Make myself a cup of good, hot tea. Then sit and slowly savor one chip at a time with sips of tea in between. I focus on the flavor of the chocolate and really try to savor it.
This really satisfies my chocolate craving without going over board.
The chips aren't as good tasting as some other forms of chocolate, and this helps me to focus just on the craving without getting side tracked by some OMG too good to be true chocolate truffle or what not.
When I want chocolate I want pure chocolate, so I usually have a few dark chocolate chocolate chips, they satisfy your craving immediatley!!
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To me, nothing can compare to actually having the real thing, so I don't even try to find substitutes when I want chocolate. The key is to eat dark chocolate and in small amounts. Since you say that portion control is an issue for you, try putting dark chocolate bars in the freezer. When I'm wanting a piece, I break off two pieces and savor them slowly. When they're cold it's impossible to wolf down and entire bar and because it's richer and has a thicker consistency, dark chocolate is far more satisfying in smaller doses.
Dang why did I start reading this!! Now I WANT chocolate!!! I was a Ho Ho junkie!!! I love those stupid purely fat chocolate devils... Ah, the good old days.. Now I shoot for Fat Free Hot chocolate.. I have had the 3 musketeers mint candies.. the little bitty bite size ones.. oh man are they good.. but they are not allowed in the house anymore.. for that very reason!!
I have one or two dark chocolate kisses. This has been a real issue in the past because my husband keeps a stash of treats in our liquor cabinet. Recently he told me he sneaks a treat when I'm busy and not relaxing in the living-room. Otherwise a few walnuts, dried apricots, almonds (pick one!) and I'm good...I am not a sweet nut but savory!And I find it is more of an issue!
I've recently discovered the Jello Mousse Temptations... individual cups of whipped pudding.. plus I eat them with a toddler spoon, so I feel like I'm getting more bites per cup... sooooooo yummy and only 60 cals!!!
I really do not get cravings, except around the 1st of every month and when they hit me, I eat a chocolate covered granola bar. I have to work out a little harder that day, but its worth it and they dont have as many calories as a full size candy bar but do the same thing for me that a candy bar would.
Those Skinny Cow ice cream choices. I get the mint one dipped in chocolate for 80 calories. They are creamy not icy, so I really like them.
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One square of really good dark chocolate. Let it melt in your mouth don't chew!
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Nonfat milk with Hershey's dark syrup.
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VitaTops! They are so awesome. I actually learned about them on SparkPeople in a post somewhere. They have like 6 grams of fiber and 3-4 grams of protein. So they both give you a yummy chocolate fix AND keep you satisfied. I sound like I own stock in the company or something, but I love, love, love them!
Chocolate Yoplait whips are great out of the freezer... also if I am at work sitting down sometimes I'll have a chocolate tootsie pop. They are only 60 calories, but they last a while. That way I don't need more than one... where as if I do small chocolate bars I tend to keep eating them...
Since I'm with Weight Watchers, I stick with their desserts/ice cream, and the chocolate ice cream is great (can get it in cones or cups), and the fudgies are also good.
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Little Fudge brownies that I buy at Sprouts. They are 60 calories a piece. OH they are to DIE FOR!
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There are a few different things that I will eat if I need a chocolate fix. I just pick one of the following: a miniature chocolate bar, a chocolate pudding cup or a glass of half chocolate milk/half white milk.
I'm lucky in that I don't really get too many cravings for chocolate. It's something I can take or leave. But every once in a while I'll get a taste for it and one of the three things I mentioned always hits the spot!
When I am really desperate and need to save calories I will do a pure dutch cocoa powder hot chocolate with splenda..
If I have more to save I would eat a cube of pure sugarless chocolate so it is intense and I won't tend to eat more?
Prepare water to drink after eating or the cravings will increase!
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I will have one of the Hershey's 100 calorie bars. It makes me feel like I'm having a large portion, but for only 100 calories. Sometimes, I'll add sugar free chocolate syrup to my milk or do chocolate or yogurt covered raisins.
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I buy one mini-chocolate bar at a time. They sell them that way at a hospital gift store across from my job. I really like Skinny Cow frozen ice creams. There is a chocolate truffle one that is to die for (only 100 calories).I also eat the chocolate puddings.
When I'm craving chocolate now I either eat a square or two of Lindt 70% dark chocolate or a tbsp of dark chocolate chips. Tastes great and you get more of the chocolatey flavour because it's dark :)
Now I've started mixing up my chocolate with things like nuts and raisins to make a trail mix, or vanilla frozen yogourt (I love the way the chocolate chips kind of freeze and crack when you bite them). Keeps me fuller for longer while still getting the nice chocolatey taste :) Hope that helps!
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When I get an urge for chocolate, I absolutely have to stay away from regular chocolate (I just can't control myself!). Instead, I usually eat either a FiberPlus Chocolate Almond bar or a Luna Bar (my favorites are Caramel Nut Brownie & Chocolate Raspberry, yum!). Both give me the chocolate taste that I crave, but I'm also getting fiber, protein and other vitamins at the same time. I consider it a win/win!
I wish I could help. I do the low-fat and/or sugar free chocolate pudding, and the mini candy bar thing, too. I sometimes find that the mini candy bar spurs a binge. But sometimes one mini does the trick.
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I eat the miniature Hershey candies or ONE Reese's Cup. I've learned I'm in control, not the food, so I remember all the progress I've made and that helps me stop at one or two.
I am looking for some more healthy snack ideas for when I am wanting to eat chocolate. When I eat mini chocolate bars I end up eating too many. I have a hard time controling the portion that I eat because I love chocolate too much. I have eaten chocolate fiber bars and fat-free chocolate pudding. I love Nutella too but I need to control myself with that too. Does anyone have any ideas of what else I could eat when that chocolate craving starts?
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