Top 10 Diet-Friendly Chocolate Indulgences
When the urge for something rich, smooth, and full of that chocolately goodness strikes, it can be REALLY hard to resist. As a dietitian, people expect that my advice for these cravings will simply be to deny them - but why hold back when you can satisfy your taste buds with one of these delicious and waist-friendly options?!
#1. Dark Chocolate
Serving: 1 Small Bar, Calories: 90, Fat: 5.5g, Carbs: 10g
As true dark chocolate comes with added health benefits, by favoring dark over white or milk chocolate, you may find it easier to justify caving into those cravings.
Dark chocolate offers powerful antioxidants and "flavonoids" - compounds found to help lower blood pressure by dilating our blood vessels while also fighting off inflammation. In contrast, while dark chocolate contains roughly 50 milligrams of catechins (a type of flavonoid) per ounce, milk chocolate contains a mere 15 milligrams. Plus, because dark chocolate possesses such a pure flavor profile, the richer flavor may be able to quench your craving for less – meaning fewer calories for you!
#2. Stonyfield’s Organic Non-fat Chocolate Underground Yogurt
Serving: 1 Container, Calories: 170, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 37g
This yogurt could easily be confused for pudding and when you consider the added calcium, potassium, and protein - how can you go wrong? Learn More
#3. Cocoa Via
Serving: 1 Packet, Calories: 30, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 5g
Now if you don’t happen to have Stonyfield’s ridiculously amazing yogurt on hand, a packet of dark chocolate Cocoa Via mixed into your plain or vanilla yogurt will certainly do the trick for only 30 calories. You can also use it in your oatmeal, shake, or milk. Cocoa Via offers pure cocoa extract, providing chocolate in its purest form and providing you with the greatest health benefits through 250 milligrams of cocoa flavanols per packet.Learn More
#4. Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
Serving: 1 Tbsp, Calories: 12, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 3g
Similar to Cocoa Via, unsweetened cocoa powder and to the Hershey’s brand you likely have in your cabinet for baking, unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder is also a great source of true cocoa. In a pinch, it makes a tasty addition to vanilla yogurt or perhaps even your steaming bowl of oatmeal. You can also combine it with a dash of sugar (or your favorite sugar substitute) to prepare a nice cup of hot cocoa. Learn More
#5. Light Chocolate Silk OR Dark Chocolate Almond Milk OR Fat-Free Chocolate Milk
Light Chocolate Silk Serving: 1 Cup, Calories: 119, Fat: 2g, Carbs: 22g
Dark Chocolate Almond Milk Serving: 1 Cup, Calories: 120, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 23g
Fat-Free Chocolate Milk Serving: 1 Cup, Calories: 150, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 26g
If you were to scope out my fridge, you would surely find a carton of Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk looking right back at you. Ranging from 90-120 calories, one-cup of chocolate milk can easily tame your hunger pain. Only my husband knows how often I reach for my chocolate milk. Whether cold or steaming hot, this treat is always within reach! It may also surprise you to know that many Olympic Athletes are reaching for chocolate milk as their post-workout snack, but with the healthy combination of protein and carbohydrates, I can certainly understand why! Learn More: Light Chocolate Silk Learn More: Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
#6. Chocolate Animal Crackers
Serving: 16 Crackers, Calories: 130, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 23g
Though they're far from being nutrient-rich, these tasty treats are fairly low in calories at only 130 calories for 16 crackers. Besides, for a greater nutrient bang for your buck, you can always mix them in with nuts, dried fruit, and whole grain cereal to make your own unique trail mix. Learn More
#7. No-Sugar-Added Hot Chocolate
Serving: 1 Packet, Calories: 60, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 10g
While some options contain a touch of calcium, most hot cocoa mixes are not exactly brimming with nutrition. However, at a mere 25-50 calories per serving, this chocolate addition is still one of my favorites and a single packet can go a long way! The package may say to use 1 packet per cup of water or milk, but I often stretch the flavor for at least 2 or 3 cups instead. If you’re not in the mood for hot cocoa, try sprinkling the powder onto a serving of vanilla yogurt or ice cream for an even richer treat!
#8. Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Serving: 13 pieces, Calories: 210, Fat: 15g, Carbs: 19g
Protein, fiber, AND the sweet taste of chocolate. Need I say more?
#9. Chocolate Frosted Mini Wheats
Serving: 52 pieces, Calories: 200, Fat: 2g, Carbs: 45g
Though it's certainly not low carb (45 grams) nor calorie (200 calories), chocolate frosted mini wheats are at least 100% whole grain, provide a healthy amount of fiber (6 grams) and a fair amount of protein (5 grams) per one cup (or 52 biscuits). This nutrient-rich option will quickly fill you up and satisfy those taste buds! Learn More
#10. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Serving: One 32g Package, Calories: 190, Fat: 19g, Carbs: 10g
If Nutella is already at home in your breakfast routine, I urge you to swap it out for Justin’s version instead. Each 2 tablespoon serving will save you 14 grams of sugar (nearly 4 teaspoons!) over the competition. Prefer almonds or peanuts instead? No problem, Justin’s offers a chocolately spread in either form! Learn More