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Giving in to My Dark Side: My Healthy Chocolate Snack Choices

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My name is Sharon, and I am a chocoholic. I LOVE chocolate; in any shape or form. Since I’ve started on SparkPeople, and my weight loss journey I have had to curb my chocolate cravings, and learn about choosing some healthier substitutes. I know I can' t be the only one on here that loves my chocolate.

The thing that’s changed for me is there are no more empty calories. I have decided that whatever I choose has to offer something substantive for me to put it into my mouth, and it needs to not only fit, but contribute, to my daily nutritional guidelines. So here are some of my healthy favorites that I’ve discovered over the last year or so. . . I hope you will try some of them, and that they help you, too.

My first daily mainstay is Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk. One cup is 90 calories, 1.5 g of fat, 15carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. I make this into a smoothie each morning and it is very satisfying and keeps my hunger at bay. If you want the recipe for my morning smoothie, send me a Spark Mail, and I’ll be happy to send it to you. To me, it tastes just like a chocolate shake and clocks in under 300 calories. Find this at your favorite grocery store.

My second mainstay is Zone Perfect Double Dark Chocolate Bar. The thing that makes this bar so unique is that they use REAL Dark chocolate for the coating – no carob. This is so chocolaty and richly satisfying and tastes like a real treat to me. It contains 190 calories, 6 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, and 12 grams of protein! This is usually my afternoon snack after my workout. It keeps me satisfied and going until dinner. These are readily available.

I also like the Detour Low Sugar Caramel Peanut Bars. They are not dark chocolate, but taste similar to a Snickers bar to me. They contain 150 calories, 5 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein. These are usually a morning or afternoon snack for me. If you can’t find these at your grocery store, you can buy them at Vitamin Shoppe online or at your local VS store, or on Amazon at the following link:

My favorite new find that has become a frequent addition to my tracker is Dark Chocolate Dreams All Natural Peanut Butter. This stuff is LUSCIOUS! I take a tablespoonful for morning or afternoon snack, and eat it slowly to savor its chocolaty goodness. It’s got 170 calories, 12 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of protein per 2 Tablespoon serving. Sometimes if my nutrition will allow, I’ll put a tablespoonful on a Quaker Oats Chocolate Crunch Rice Cake for a snack. This too, is amazing, and very satisfying to my chocolate craving. I find it at my local grocery store. If you cannot find it locally, here’s the link on Amazon for a 6 pack:

Next is one ounce of at least 70% dark chocolate. It doesn’t matter what brand; I prefer Scharffenberger, but any one will do. At approximately 80 calories per serving it offers a lot of “bang for the buck” in calming those chocolate cravings and contains a plethora of antioxidants. This can be found on Amazon also at:

For those of you who love your hot cocoa, I highly recommend the Scharffenberger Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. It is so much darker and richer in chocolate flavor than Ghiradelli, and at 45 calories a serving, with 1 gram of fat, and 1 gram of protein, this cocoa packs a wallop of a punch in taste! Again you can find on Amazon at this link:

When my sweet tooth and my chocolate craving kick in together, I reach for a Skinny Cow Lowfat Fudge Bar. At 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 carbs, and 4 grams of protein, this is one sweet chocolate treat! I buy them by the gross in the summertime. DH and I are like kids with our fudgesicles! These I find at my local grocery store also.

Finally, my last recommendation is Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds. One ounce is 100 calories, 8 grams of mono-saturated fats ( the good for you kind), 6 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. I find them at my local grocery store or you can order a Value Size on Amazon at the link below:

I hope that you have found something here that appeals to your “dark side” chocoholic, and will give them a try. I am in no way shape or form a spokesperson for any of these products, or Amazon. My only purpose is to help you find something that will satisfy and tame your chocoholic cravings, and to find new healthier choices that will help you meet your goals while not compromising your nutrition, but satisfying your inner chocoholic.

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    LOVE the cocoa roasted almonds, the Silk Soy Chocolate milk and the Sharffen Berger chocolate. I put some in my oatmeal when I have that insatiable chocolate urge! Sooooo good.

    Thanks for the other tips. Appreciate it.
    2183 days ago
    while not exactly a chocoholic, my treat each day is one square of lindt dark chocolate with hazelnuts - oh do i savor that after dinner each evening! it's the first thing i enter in my food tracker each day:-)
    2183 days ago
    Great ideas! Thank you!
    2183 days ago
    :-) good suggestions I love that PB on apples! Ill have to remember to add some of these thing in as snack choices when i go shopping.
    2184 days ago
    I like my chocolate with chili in it, but it is difficult to find where I live. I generally stick to dark chocolate, just because I prefer the flavor. I just don't like most traditional candy bars.
    2184 days ago
    Hi Sharon,
    I go with the dark chocolate bar. Nothing can substitute for the real thing.
    I have a little bit of 70% or higher % every day.
    The other options look nice, but I am a purist. Only real chocolate will do for me.
    I love the part of your blog where you mention that only foods that provide healthy nutrients are part of your plan. That is something to be kept in mind at all times.
    Enjoy your chocolate and keep on Sparking.
    Take care,
    Joyce. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2185 days ago
    Thank YOU!!!!!I'm writing these down and taking them to the store with me. emoticon
    2185 days ago
    Now look at what you've done, there are two on there that I haven't had in thepantry at one time or another, that choc dreams looks tempting. I've always been a bit of a chocolate snob, liking the dark stuff, am I a happy camper now that it is on every shelf and reasonably priced. Those choc almonds, put them through the blender/ processer add to some Greek yogurt and fruit for a dip.

    Even hubby has grown to like the dark side of chocolate (have you tried the dark choc kit kat bars?) his favorite I think. Me not so much.
    2185 days ago
    Thanks for all the great suggestions. You an never have too much chocolate!
    2185 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I too am a chocoholic. Since being on SP I have given up any (thing) chocolate that is NOT dark chocolate. Three things to add to your list (which I totally agree with) Better Oats chocolate oatmeal, Eric Bakers Double chocolate chunk granola (great with Greek yogurt) and Philadelphia Indulgence Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese (great with strawberry halves). I'm adding you as a friend so if we come up with any other extremely good dark chocolate "stuff" we can let each other know.
    When it comes to 1 oz. of dark chocolate I buy the best that I can afford at the more cheap chocolate for me.... emoticon
    2185 days ago
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I am a huge chocoholic as well. I already drink silk chocolate soy milk as a chocolate pick me up but your other ideas are great too!
    2185 days ago
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