Here are creative ways to fit small amounts of chocolate your meal plans:
- Eat an ounce or two of dark chocolate for a snack with a piece of fruit. Chocolate covered strawberries are a great treat.
- Add 1/2- 1 cup dark chocolate chips when you bake whole grain muffins, such as zucchini or pumpkin (see "muffin makeover" post for recipe)
- Chocolate smoothie: Use a blender to mix 1/2 large ripe banana, 1 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder, 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 Tbsp nut butter or sunbutter, 1-2 Tbsp wheat germ (optional). Blend until smooth, add 1/2 cup of ice and blend again. If this is not sweet enough for you, you can add a spoon of sugar or honey. (One teaspoon of sugar = 14 calories.)
- Although I personally hate coffee, some of my friends really like dark chocolate covered espresso beans. They are strong, so it is easy to only eat a few at a time.
- Make a yogurt parfait with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, fresh berries, a small amount of nuts, 1/4 cup of high fiber cereal and a tablespoon or two of dark chocolate chips. This is great for breakfast.