I buy a big bar of dark chocolate and then break it up into 100 calorie portions, and wrap each piece individually in foil. This way I know there is chocolate in the house, so I don't have to panic and buy something at the store. And the chocolate is so intense that I never need more than one piece--I am so satisfied by just one!
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Sometimes I just can't help giving into a carb or sweet craving. However, when I do have it I always try to also eat a protein along with it. I eat my dark chocolate square, and then a handful of almonds. I want chips, but I'll grab a couple of slices of lunchmeat to go with it!
It helps satisfy you longer than just having an empty carb that will make you hungry in a few hours. It also helps me eat less of the not-so-good for me item. Want a cookie? Have a slice of low-fat cheese with it. Want some candy? Eat some of the leftover chicken before hand and you'll eat less!
Every once in awhile, we're going to crave chocolate. Dark chocolate is good for you in moderation. It's good for your heart, for one thing. What I do is buy a bar of Hershey's Special Dark squares and break them up. I put them in the freezer, and label the bag. 35 calories/square. I take my time eating one, and my craving for chocolate is gone.
Dark Chocolate is a mood elevator.. Chocolate contains cocoa butter. The fat has been known to prove effective in raising good cholesterol. Consuming chocolate, on a regular basis, in moderation, can improve digestion & stimulate kidneys. Regular consumption of dark chocolates, though in moderation, can help lower blood pressure. Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals can diminish appetite. Recommended 2 squares a day.
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