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27 Sensible Ways to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

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

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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 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

  • Two favorites of mine are:
    Fiber One 90 Calorie Chey Bars. 5 g fiber, 90 calories
    Jello Dark Chocolate Sugar Free Pudding - 60 calories, 0 sugar, 1 g fiber - 6/3/2016 9:11:38 AM
    As one who pays close attention to carbohydrate content, none of these fit the bill. Sigh. - 6/3/2016 8:52:42 AM
  • Great article. I love the silk chocolate milk. It is just like eating a fudge sickle only melted. I often wondered about freezing a serving and seeing if it tastes like a fudge sickle. I also like the S'more redo. Several good choices here.. Thanks so much!!! - 5/29/2016 8:14:33 AM
  • Great information thank you very much - 5/28/2016 9:12:10 PM
  • I get chocolate cravings all the time. I've stopped having sugar cravings because I do not eat sugar anymore. "Whew! Never thought I would get there so don't want to start eating it again as it is so hard to quit!"

    I drink a cup of coffee with fat-free half-and-half (can't eat fat either) and the caffeine fix takes care of the chocolate craving. That's basically what a chocolate craving is - your system looking for a caffeine fix, which your brain translates into CHOCOLATE!

    Try it! It really works! - 5/28/2016 6:25:29 PM
  • The Fiber One brownies are to die for. Just eat ONE! :D
    And any of the Skinny Cow ice creams are great. Both are my go-to things along with Russell Stover Sugar Free candies. YUM - 5/28/2016 5:24:55 PM
  • These sound good - some are even available in Canada but my favourite (although it isn't particularly low fat) is President's Choice dark chocolate which I always have around (500 g bar) and consume only 2-3 squares at a time. I also like the Kashi mocha chocolate granola bar. - 5/28/2016 3:36:04 PM
  • ALDI's Choceur Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts. One serving (which is a pretty nice size) is 170 calories, 3g protein, and only 9 net grams of carb (13g minus 4g of fiber). Delicious stuff! - 5/28/2016 1:56:43 PM
  • I'm sorry, If I am going to eat chocolate it will be REAL dark chocolate,but just a piece at a time. Endangered Spieces is a good brand. - 5/28/2016 9:07:48 AM
  • Glad to read others know about making a s'more in the microwave~! - 5/28/2016 12:11:08 AM
  • I'm in agreement about artificial sweeteners. Not only do they mess with my stomach, they also mess with my head! I've never developed a fondness for diet sodas for this reason as drinking one resulted in terrible stomach cramps and a migraine. Just because an item says diet or lite/light; does not necessarily mean it is healthy or good for you! - 3/29/2016 3:13:03 PM
  • I agree with BELDAME~having Splenda {sucralose} ISN'T HEALTHY in the diet.I look at most of the list as stuff i USED to eat and don't anymore. The only thing on the list I have had that does help is the chocolate Cheerios with SIlk SOy UNsweetened Almond milk {15 calories for 1/2 cup} . That does satisfy. - 2/15/2016 2:08:52 AM
  • It would be super to print out this list and keep it in a place that I refer to.

    Sometimes we forget what was on the list, it would help to be able to review it.

    The list is great, and once in awhile chocolate is a treat, this list makes it easier to select one that is sensible yet satisfying. - 2/3/2016 6:04:34 AM
    I would rather slowly savor one really good dark chocolate truffle than any of the suggested chocolate fixes in the article. - 12/7/2015 5:21:09 AM
    I love the idea of popcorn with chocolate.....yea
    rs ago a box of mint chocolates with ppopcorn was a go to treat, now I can make changes and still have some choc popcorn yummy.
    - 11/5/2015 6:59:56 PM

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