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The following was written by Theresa Shank, RD LDN Outpatient Dietitian, Einstein Medical Center.
Throughout my years of practicing as a registered dietitian, I have been presented with numerous questions about healthy lifestyle changes and/or weight loss. One of the most common questions I am asked is “Why do I crave chocolate after a meal and how can I control this habit?”
Generally speaking, our bodies crave sweets for several biological, psychological and lifestyle-related reasons such as low serotonin levels, an unbalanced diet high in carbohydrates, fat restriction, or purely psychological conditioning such as a dessert is what signifies the end of a meal.
Regardless of the reason behind your sweet craving, if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight, the best practice is to curb (not completely eliminate) your daily indulgence. But let’s be honest, any alternative that truly satisfies a sweet tooth is not going to be the epitome of a healthy snack. However, these sweet swaps could shave off some calories (all suggestions are under 150), fat and sugar from your afternoon indulgence or late night trip to the candy drawer or freezer.
3 cups of air popped popcorn with 2 tbsp of Bell Plantation’s PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Chocolate: 138 calories.
4 Hershey Kisses: 100 calories.
1 Small Chocolate Covered Banana: 100 calories. (I love this recipe from Eatingwell.com.)
20 Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Almonds: 132 calories.
1 Chobani Simply 100 vanilla yogurt with 2 tbsp of Bell Plantation’s PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Chocolate or 1 piece of Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate: 145 calories.
1 Enlightened Fudge Bar: 70 calories.
½ Quest Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar: 85 calories.
24 Annie's Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies: 140 calories.