In the Kitchen // Low-Calorie Chocolate Treats
Hola, mis amigos!!! I'm back from Austin, and taking a day to recuperate from a fun-filled weekend of memory-making, laughing and learning with dear friends, but I wanted to pop in to share some of my favorite kitchen tricks that come in very handy when it comes time to start getting back into shape for swim season!
I've never been that much of a chocolate person, but for some reason I've been craving it like crazy the past couple of months, and while I definitely think it's good to indulge every once in a while, most of the time I like to try and make healthy and low-calorie options for everyday treats.
When I've got a hankering for something sweet and only chocolate will do, I usually reach for one of the following, and my cravings are immediately held at bay without the guilt of a big splurge!
- Dark chocolate Vita-tops - These amazing snacks are found in the frozen food section (typically within the health/vegetarian/organic food section) and are only 100 calories! One of my favorite afternoon snacks, for sure. I pop mine in the toaster to make the outside a little crispy and they smell/taste exactly like brownies. Added bonus: not only do they have real chocolate chips in them, but they also pack a pretty generous helping of fiber and protein (9g and 4g, respectively), and that helps keeps me full until dinner.
- Mint Chocolate Chip Dessert Delight gum - My mom introduced me to this Extra sugar-free flavor and now I have a pack of it on me all of the time. I love to pop in a piece when I'm walking through the city, and the wafting smell of candied nuts and soft pretzels give me grabby hands for an unhealthy snack.
- Viactiv Calcium Chews - These little nuggets of nutrients are a more recent find for me, and I'd highly recommend them for anyone who needs a viable source of calcium and vitamin D to add to their daily intake. I have a mild dairy allergy, and some days get way less calcium than the recommended amount for women my age, so I pop in two of these chews as a great supplemental option. I was worried about how they would taste at first, but it's just like noshing on a couple of tootsie rolls! Extra tip: buying these online is much more cost-effective than getting them from Target or your local drugstore.
Another favorite source for low-calorie and single-serving desserts is the blog Chocolate Covered Katie (check out this great round-up post as a good starting point)... I almost always end up making a few small modifications depending on what ingredients I've got on hand and my own dietary needs, but she's always coming up with clever (and delicious!) treats, and I've never done anything but swoon after making any of her recipes.
How about you... any other chocolate-y treats that you turn to for an indulgent-tasting snack that won't undo a day of otherwise healthy eating?