Chocolate, it’s an indulgence that many have held dear throughout history. The Aztecs believed it was food from the gods, and if you’ve ever had a really good piece of chocolate, you’d believe it to be true. Some people don’t like chocolate, but for most of us, the delicious confection is something that we crave and even more so when we are trying to eliminate sugary treats from our diets.
But you don’t necessarily need to give up your chocolate love if you are watching your weight. There are a few things that taste just as good without the added crap that the chocolate wrapped up in colorful foil at the checkout stands contain. In fact, some of these are actually good for your health! Read on for five healthy chocolate alternatives to help you curb your chocolate craving.
1. D’s Naturals Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter Fluff Butter
First of all, you’re welcome. If you have a craving for chocolate, you MUST TRY Fluffbutter Squeeze Packs (Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter). It’s so good, I’m not sure I want to share it here since it has quite the limited supply and I want to hoard it all to myself. A protein-infused almond butter that boasts NO COW and only 1g of sugar per serving, this decadent treat is full of healthy fats, is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
But the thing about this nut butter is that it tastes AMAZING – and that’s not just the opinion of a chocolate deprived dieter. The fact that it’s been sold out on their website for FOREVER speaks volumes. Amazon has the single serve packets still, and they just released eight new flavors (I WILL try them all!). This healthy chocolate alternative is my newest obsession and once you try it, it’ll be yours, too!
2. Muscle Isolate + Greens
I’ve tried a ton of proteins – from whey isolate to brown rice to hemp and more. I’ve disliked most of them. I’m picky about texture and taste when it comes to protein, plus I’d prefer my protein to have added BCAA’s and no sugar. So finding a protein that tastes great, blends well and has the right ingredients was like searching for a Holy Grail. My nutritionist recommended the MUSCLE FOOD LABS Muscle Isolate (Chocolate Lava) blended with Barlean’s Greens, Chocolate Silk. The combination tastes like a delicious chocolate milkshake!
Every morning, after my run, I make a protein smoothie with unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, one scoop of MFL Muscle Isolate, one scoop of Barlean’s Greens, some spinach and/or kale, half a banana, almond butter, flax seed oil, and ice. It is so good.
3. Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted. They aren’t as sweet as chocolate, but they have a chocolate taste and are a healthy source of magnesium, fiber, antioxidants, fiber, and more. They can help with blood sugar, heart and blood vessels, as well as help with regularity. They have fewer calories than traditional chocolate bars and no sugar. Make sure you eat it in moderation. Like with most things, too much of a good thing isn’t good and can make you sick.
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4. Dark Chocolate
I’ll admit that dark chocolate is an acquired taste, and I didn’t like it for the longest time. I was used to the sickly sweet, overprocessed crap. Quality dark chocolate actually has a lot of nutritional benefits. A chocolate bar with 75-85% cocoa has many minerals and soluble fiber. It’s also full of antioxidants, helps with blood pressure, protects against heart disease and more. And again, consume in moderation.
I know, I know. This really isn’t an alternative to yummy chocolate and magnesium isn’t actually yummy. But studies have tied chocolate cravings to being low in magnesium. Since I’ve been drinking magnesium nightly before bed, I have noticed, among some of the many benefits of magnesium, that I don’t really crave chocolate anymore. I use Natural Vitality Natural Calm Plus Calcium Magnesium in Raspberry Lemon.
Next time you find yourself with a serious craving, reach for one of these healthy chocolate alternatives instead! Your body will thank you.