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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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Quaker Chewy 25% Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Granola Bar (100 calories)
This on-the-go snack gives you a small taste chocolate, plus 3 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of added sugar. It’s a great treat for the road, too.

Yoplait Delights Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfait (100 calories)
Win big with this chocolatey source of calcium-rich dairy! Chocolate raspberry is a nice, rich flavor that won’t leave you reaching for more.

Light “black cow” float (100 calories)
A rare summer treat from my dad, this goofy-named dessert adds a little bubble to your chocolate. Place a 1/2 cup of fat-free chocolate frozen yogurt in a cup and pour 4 oz diet ginger ale on top. You can also create a nifty combo using diet lemon-lime soda.

Skinny Cow Fudge Bar (100 calories)
Perfect for a summer day, this frozen chocolate on a stick will put a smile on any chocoholic’s face. It’s rich flavor matches perfectly with the smooth texture, and come on, it’s on a stick! That’s just fun.

5 Hershey's Kisses (110 calories)
Eat them one by one, slowly and deliberately, and you will truly enjoy this small serving of milk chocolate. If you have trouble stopping at just five, put the bag in the freezer and only keep a stash of five thawed at any one time.

Homemade chocolate “croissant” (112 calories)
Roll one Hershey kiss into the middle of one Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Roll and bake as directed for a warm, gooey dessert. Avoid poking any holes in the dough as you roll it to dodge a melty mess in your oven.

1/2 cup Edy’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Slow Churned Frozen Yogurt (120 calories)
Rich and Creamy is right on the label, and they’re not kidding. This is a great chocolate ice cream with only 3.5 grams of fat per serving. However good, it’s important to measure your serving carefully, a half cup is tough to eyeball!

40 DIY chocolate-covered raisins (120 calories)
Most packaged varieties contain trans fat, but you can make your own at home! Melt one quarter of a Hershey bar in the microwave, stir in about 40 raisins until they’re covered, spread onto wax paper, and let cool before you enjoy!

15 pretzels dipped in chocolate (120 calories)
Dip 15 bite-sized twists into 1/4 of a melted Hershey bar for a satisfying snack with a little crunch and salt. This is quick and easy to make at home.

Chocolate Mint Luna Cookie (130 calories)
4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein couldn’t possibly be easier to grab and eat on the go! It also has 8% of your daily iron needs and 25% of your calcium needs. It jibes with vegans and packs a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds.
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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'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
  • I love Godiva dark chocolate. It is rich and meant to be savored. - 2/13/2015 9:37:22 AM
  • Personally I go for a couple of Dove's Dark Choc pieces a day for my heart, of course. ;-) They are rich, creamy and satisfy. - 2/13/2015 6:56:16 AM
  • Great Ideas! but . . . I prefer 160 cals of Sees Candies any day. 8-) - 12/21/2014 11:22:20 PM
  • Great Ideas! but . . . I prefer 160 cals of Sees Candies any day. 8-) - 12/21/2014 11:21:18 PM
    Thanks, should have checked in before work, See's candies and cookies everywhere. I need to take some of these to work.

    - 12/21/2014 5:29:13 PM
  • Some days, my breakfast is soft tofu in a blender with a banana, peanut butter, a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder & some sweetener. Protein fix and chocolate. :-)
    - 11/7/2014 9:29:33 PM
  • These are great ideas. Some of them I wasn't aware of. Thank you for sharing. - 11/7/2014 12:47:20 PM
  • The home-made suggestions are by far the best. A large percentage of the suggested pre-packaged "chocolate" items are chemical-laden junk.

    What about a square or two of quality dark chocolate? - 8/24/2014 9:40:47 AM
    These items are good, but "cure" the cravings is a stretch..........
    ....really. They do help, but a love affair with some foods is there to stay. - 8/9/2014 3:22:15 PM
    Thanks! I love the homemade choc. covered pretzels, raisins, and popcorn ideas. Will definitely add as a snack. Oh, I also LOVE choc graham crackers with soymilk, but I tend to get a little carried away them :) - 7/31/2014 6:35:59 PM

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