Fit Girl’s Guide to Chocolate

  
There are days where chocolate is, quite simply, required. There’s random cravings for no reason; monthly cravings for an annoying, painful, girl reason (because being a chick just sucks sometimes); and the simple fact that chocolate is a treat meant to be enjoyed. And isn’t life meant to be enjoyed? RIGHT? Right.When you’re a fit chick and the chocoholic tendencies kick in, you’re faced with a few options – you can ignore it (if you have superwoman willpower), accept it and go nuts, or settle somewhere in between. Personally, I like to find healthy hacks that let me enjoy my chocolate and eat it, too.

Here are my favorite fit-friendly chocolate treats:

  
1. Cold Brew w/ SF Mocha Syrup

I know, I know – sugar free is not a great option. But, every once in a while, I do enjoy in a cold brew coffee with a few pumps of skinny chocolate syrup. Skipping the full-blown mocha option cuts out the sugar & carbs of the milk as well as the sugar free vanilla syrup. It’s a little easier on my wallet, to boot.

Coffee offers a breadth of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as a cognitive and metabolic boost from the caffeine. The chocolate flavor mixed well with the strength of the cold brew, giving you a robust, rich, but not too sweet treat.

  

2. 80% Cacao Organic Dark Chocolate Bar

For more of a nibble, organic, high-quality dark chocolate bars are the stuff of chocoholic dreams. The 80% or more of Cacao bars offer less sugar and carbs with a high antioxidant, nutrient, and soluble fiber count. Of course, portion size is key – I usually try to slowly enjoy ¼ to 1/3 at a time. The good news is that the taste is strong and the fiber makes it more filling, so wolfing down an entire bar in one sitting is at least less likely in this case.

Some of my favorites are Chocolove, Green & Black’s, and Endangered Species – just be sure to check the sugar, carb, cacao & fiber content before you indulge.

  

3. Chocolate Protein Shake

Occasionally I have an odd, insatiable craving for sugary, old-school chocolate milk. The best remedy for this is to whip up a healthy, low sugar, low carb, nutrient-rich protein shake or smoothie. Here’s my favorite recipe:

 

photo courtesy of dashofbutter.com

 

4. Banana Nice Cream

Since we tackled chocolate milk, we might as well look into ice cream. This is an easy fix; a few frozen bananas, cacao nibs, some cashew milk & powdered peanut butter becomes a delicious, creamy, dulce-de-leche type fantasy – with no added sugar and brimming with vitamin c, potassium, and other micronutrients.

 

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