November 9, 2009 5 Comments
Replacing your "junk food" chocolate with a nutritious chocolate is a way to give yourself a luxurious treat you deserve.
Chocolate is never going to be a low calorie food. Just like Almonds it is packed with calories, but they CAN be nutritious calories. How do you start eating healthy chocolate?
First, admit to yourself that there is crappy chocolate in the world and it MUST be avoided. Examples abound see: Snickers, M&M's, Swiss Rolls, WHOPPERS, Hostess Cupcakes to name a few. Cheap chocolate, such as milk chocolate, is really junk food.
Secondly, you have to find the chocolate that makes your heart sing and spend $$$$ on it. How do you do this? At the grocery store, there are bars and bars of chocolate from France, Belgium, and the U.S. Look for the percentage cocoa - 75% or 80% cocoa will lead you to a bitter tasting chocolate that is nutritious.
What if you don't like the bitter taste of the healthier chocolate? After years of M&M's you may just think this stuff tastes bad. Don't give up!
Find the percentage of darkness that works for you (maybe 60%) and then work yourself up to the higher amount of bitterness. You will become habituated to the bitter taste over time and you might even find that you like it.
Dark Chocolate will cost you more money and that is a good thing! Now, you will savor it instead of chowing it down without thinking.
You will find that after eating it for a while - you will stop craving cheaper chocolates and it will make it easier to stop the craving for them when you pass them in the check-out line.
What is your favorite brand of healthy chocolate? Please share in the comments below.