For some of us, nothing satisfies quite like chocolate. In fact, surveys show that for women chocolate ranks as the #1 most craved food. But with bikini season right around the corner, can you indulge in chocolatey treats without blowing your diet? Here are 6 ideas to satisfy your chocolate urge — all under 200 calories and some with real nutritional benefits. So boldly go forth, and enjoy the occasional chocolatey treat… and may Portion Control be with you! Author’s Note: All of the following are my honest-to-goodness recommendations from years of experience as a chocoholic — and RD! These are not paid endorsements.
Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
A little bit of chocolate goes a long way… especially if it’s paired with frozen bananas! This is one of my all-time favorite ways to get a chocolate fix. I had my first taste of this delicious sweet treat several years ago at The Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tuscon, Arizona. Some recipes are very heavy on the chocolate or add lots of extra calories with coconut shavings and nuts. If you keep it simple, you can make yours so that they satisfy in under 150 calories. Plus a banana counts toward your daily servings of fruit! Check out the recipe here.
Oikos Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt – Chocolate Flavor!!
For years I never understood why yogurt companies couldn’t seem to invent a truly tasty chocolate-flavored yogurt. Then one day I heard about Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt: chocolate variety! It was love at first bite! This is a rich, chocolatey treat you really can feel good about. The 4-oz. serving contains 10 grams of filling protein, is a good source of calcium, and no fat. All this in just 110 calories! I love this product! No more need to dive into that bowl of bikini-busting chocolate ice cream when you can get a chocolate fix this good.
Like a lot of people, I fell in love with Raisinets at the movies. But they’re not just for the theatre. They are my go-to treat when I’m on-the-go and a chocolate craving hits. The 1.58-ounce single serve bag has less than 200 calories and, since they’re made with juicy California Raisins, they also count towards your daily fruit servings! Plus they have about 30% less fat than other leading chocolate brands. And for dark chocolate lovers they have Dark Chocolate Raisinets too!
Kozy Shack Pudding
When it’s a creamy, chocolatey treat that you crave, consider Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding. They come in great portion-controlled 6-packs with just 110 calories per individual pudding cup. They’re a good source of calcium and made without preservatives or hydrogenated oils. This is truly a tasty and satisfying treat.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate + Strawberries… what’s not to love? This is another virtually guilt-free chocolatey treat. Studies show that strawberries may help prevent certain cancers and heart disease and help us age more healthfully. And did you know that a serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange? For a fantastic recipe, check out the California Strawberries website.
Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters
Sometimes I get hit with not just a chocolate craving, but a chocolate and caramel craving! It used to be hard to satisfy this one without totally breaking the calorie bank. But now thanks to Skinny Cow we have Dreamy Clusters. They are super tasty, available in both milk and dark chocolate, and come in 120 calorie pouches.