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27 Sensible Ways to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

Better-for-You Chocolate Treats for 60-160 Calories

-- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian
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Chocolate and moderation used in the same sentence? I know, it sounds crazy! But these calorie-controlled chocolate fixes will satisfy your cravings without putting a dent in your calorie budget. No longer do you need to resort to fat-laden, triple-chunk fudge brownies to satisfy your chocolate desires. These days, plenty of portion-controlled, fast and even healthful chocolate snacks are available, making it easier to say no to the double-chocolate sundaes of the world without feeling deprived.

Although this list shouldn't be taken as a message to eat chocolate anytime, it will give you plenty of delicious lower-calorie options when you do choose to take care of that hankering for chocolate.

Quaker Chocolate Crunch Rice Cake (60 calories)
Rice cakes are a satisfying answer for any chocolate lover. You won't believe that one crunchy and crispy cake has just 60 calories!

One packet Nestle hot cocoa mix made with water (80 calories)
Sometimes we crave temperatures just as much as flavors. Warm up with some hot cocoa. Mix it with water to save some calories on your snack, but if you have the room in your calorie goal for the day, try it with skim milk. It will add about 90 calories to the snack, but you'll get more protein, calcium and vitamin D!

1 cup Silk Light Chocolate Soy Milk (90 calories)
It’s just like a thinner version of your favorite pudding. Rich and smooth, and hits the chocolate spot just right! When you know it has 30% of your vitamin D and Calcium, all bets are off. This is a great choice for your chocolate fix!

Half a Jocalat Larabar (95-105 calories)
Pick a flavor, any flavor! The Jocolat line of Larabars are incredible. Not only can you recognize ALL the words in the ingredients list, but they’re also packed full of good fats from raw nuts. Chocolate, chocolate mint, chocolate hazelnut and chocolate cherry are just a few of the great flavors. The whole bars contain 190-210 calories, so split them in half for a perfectly sized snack and save the rest for another day.

Fat-Free Devil's Food Cake Jell-O Pudding Snack (100 calories)
Smooth, cool, creamy, delicious, and low in calories, enjoy 10% of your daily calcium this way when you can’t get chocolate off your mind!
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Sarah Haan Sarah Haan
Sarah is a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. She helps individuals adopt healthy lifestyles and manage their weight. An avid exerciser and cook, Sarah likes to run, lift weights and eat good food. See all of Sarah's articles.

Member Comments

    I love the Fiber One bars with chocolate chips :) so yummy. I also really like classic chocolate milk made with NesQuik. It gives you all the goodness of milk while still being chocolatey :) - 7/23/2014 3:44:32 PM
  • Opps, I love chocolate, if I have one the bag or bar is gone!!! - 5/28/2014 3:17:27 PM
  • Old fashion pop corn made with coconut oil, no butter just some popcorn salt, it is wonderful! I am not sure but I think it is the coconut oil. It just seems to make everything taste better! Deb Pheifer - 5/28/2014 3:08:38 PM
  • Microwave s'mores are a favorite snack in our house. :) - 5/28/2014 11:13:54 AM
    @PUTZNME I love the idea of home made banana chocolate snacks. Thank you! - 5/28/2014 4:58:14 AM
  • What works for me is a small amount of the best chocolate I can find, and then, instead of "eating" it, I simply let a small square melt on my tongue. I can keep 20 grams (about 2/3 ounce) of chocolate going this way, 5 grams at a time, for close to 20 minutes. - 5/28/2014 4:56:56 AM
  • Thanks to all for sharing. - 2/14/2014 5:10:10 AM
  • The DIY chocolate croissant idea sounds awesome! A little bit of luxury and not much guilt. The only problem with it is that you can't make just one. The package contains 8 crescents -- if I baked up all of them, I'd be tempted to eat several at once. I suppose one could bake them all and freeze the other 7, but I'm not sure how many would actually get into the freezer... - 2/11/2014 5:04:13 PM
  • I like to slice bananas, freeze them for about 15 min so they are firm and then cover them in melted chocolate and refreeze. DIY as opposed to buying it prepackaged and getting a lot more additives and paying more. - 2/10/2014 7:34:51 PM
  • JACINDA103
    starting again on the journey hopefully I will be down 30 lbs by May 24
    - 2/3/2014 9:34:17 AM
  • I generally have other family members consume things before I get to them !! Which is some times an aggravation. Also I will never understand the attraction of pretzels dipped in chocolate.
    - 2/2/2014 4:44:51 PM
    Would have been nice to include the carb and protein counts for these treats, not just the total calories. - 2/2/2014 1:47:30 PM
    great ideas - 2/2/2014 1:45:48 PM
  • Let's not forget 3-2-1 cake. Search in the spark recipes to find it. It's easy, quick and customizable! - 2/2/2014 12:32:50 PM
  • Thanks for all the great ideas!!!!! - 2/2/2014 11:57:56 AM