But I Just Want Some Chocolate!?!
I admit it -- I’m a full-fledged chocoholic! If there are treats on the table, I’ll always go for anything with chocolate. Fellow chocolate lovers, rejoice: Small amounts of the sweet stuff can easily be part of a healthy diet. Learn our tricks to satisfy your chocolate cravings without going overboard.
An ounce of milk or dark chocolate contains around 150 calories and 9 grams of fat. To get the health benefits of the antioxidants in chocolate, choose the darker variety. The higher the cocoa content, the more bitter it tastes, so you’ll want to go for a dark chocolate that tastes good to you (which will vary from person to person).
No matter which type of chocolate helps zap your cravings, size does matter. What's the proper amount of chocolaty goodness? Well, to help put portions in perspective, here are a few chocolate treats under 150 calories:
- York Peppermint Patty (1 piece): 140 calories, 2.5 grams total fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat
- Hershey’s Bliss Dark Chocolate (4 pieces): 141 calories, 9 grams total fat, 6 grams saturated fat
- Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses (5 pieces): 100 calories, 7 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures (3 pieces): 126 calories, 7 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat
- Snickers Bar Miniatures (3 pieces): 128 calories, 7 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat
If candy is not your thing, here are some simple tricks to curb those chocolate cravings.
Cooking up some chocolate treats can also be a healthier alternative — they’ll have fewer chemicals and preservatives. Plus, you'll be able to pronounce all the ingredients!
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »