Thursday, November 24, 2011
So I read about this in a nutrition book, and it works for me, and I actually forgot about it until it was brought to mind by someone's community message. Maybe you'll find the same luck with this little secret :)
Hot chocolate. (I know, "OH NO CHOCOLATE, but hear me out)... I'm not talking about chocolate-melted hot chocolate, or even that instant powder junk. Rather, try heating 6-8oz of low fat milk (you could do non-fat too, but that's slightly less satisfying), mix in 1-2 tbsp "unsweetened" cocoa powder, and then a little bit of honey, or fake sweetener. I usually add a tiny dash of salt too to bring out the chocolate flavor more.
It might be kind of bitter at first, if you're an only milk-chocolate kind of person, but it's definitely worth getting usedto. Try lowering the sweetener you add gradually if you find the bitter chocolate unbearable without a TON of added sugar (because a ton of sugar would just defeat the purpose of a healthy snack, no?)
The cocoa powder actually has Protein, Riboflavin and Zinc, and is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. If that's not reason enough to make yourself like it, it curbs the sweet tooth, makes you feel satisfied, AND you get an extra kick of calcium from the milk! So the nutritionist who wrote the book suggested having it every night, an hour or so before going to bed. I find it fine as that occasional craving killer too, though.