Which Chocolate is Best?

 
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I get this question a LOT. 

The truth is, while dark chocolate may have more health benefits, those health benefits won't matter if you eat an entire bar of it, when what would really satisfy you would be 1 piece of milk chocolate. 

 

So my answer to this question typically is: whatever chocolate you love the most. 

For me, for example, I love milk chocolate. So that's what I buy, and I can easily stop myself at one piece, because I'm so satisfied with how it tastes, and its mouthfeel (how it feels in my mouth).  

HOWEVER! It's also true, that if you like a number of different types of chocolates, it may be better for you to choose one you like a little bit less, if that helps you stick with a controlled portion size, like one or two squares. 

Regardless, I do generally think that buying single-serving desserts is best. This can be individually-wrapped Hershey's kisses, Ghirardelli squares, 100-calorie "mini" chocolate bars from Trader Joe's, etc. Truly, whatever works for you, works for YOU! 

With anything, I always try myself to buy pre-packaged portion controlled foods, or make my own small baggies (to save on excess packaging). I recommend clients do this as well, and to do this in my program


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    Meal Plan with Cauliflower Rice

     

    GROCERIES FOR THE WEEK (5 DAYS) 

    • 2 4ct bags of avocado

    • 2 packs salami

    • 2 dozen eggs

    • 4 6ct pack mini cucumbers

    • 1 container peanuts

    • 5 bags cauliflower rice

    • 5 bags of mixed greens

    Total Cost: $59.39

     

    BREAKFAST

    • 2 eggs

    • 1 cup cauliflower rice

    • 1/2 avocado

    Calories: 300; Fat 23 gm; Protein 15 gm; Carbs 6 gm; Fiber 3 gm

     

    LUNCH

    • 2 eggs

    • 1/4 cup peanuts

    • 140 cals chocolate

    • 3 baby cucumber slices

    Calories: 525; Fat 24 gm; Protein 28 gm; Carbs 65 gm; Fiber 2 gm

     

    DINNER

    • 2 cups lettuce

    • 1 cup cauliflower rice

    • 2 baby cucumbers chopped

    • 4 slice salami uncured

    • 1/2 avocado

    • 2 tbs TJ's light champagne dressing

    Calories: 250; Fat 22 gm; Protein 13 gm; Carbs 15 gm; Fiber 7 gm

     

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      5-Minute Chocolate Mug-Cakes with Siggi’s

       
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      I’m a big proponent of “having your cake and eating it too” – eating dessert and keeping health in mind. Here are two ways to do just that!

      FIRST, healthifying dessert – or making small but significant ingredient swaps – can help you eat cleaner and feel better about your food choices. In these recipes, I’ve swapped out three common Mug Cake ingredients – heavy cream, butter, and sugar – for 1 (just one!) Siggi’s chocolate Skyr. 

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      What is Skyr? Excellent question! Skyr is a strained yogurt made from cow’s milk that has been astaple in the Icelandic diet for more than 1,000 years. Like milk, regular yogurt is mostly water – but with skyr, that water is strained away, creating a thick and creamy consistency. Siggi’s www.siggis.com skyr varieties are pretty awesome – they have a lower sugar content, higher protein content, and simpler ingredients compared to other yogurts. Today I’m using Siggi’s Chocolate Triple Cream (YUM!) skyr, which has 9gm of protein and just 8gm of sugar per container. Talk about filling, wholesome deliciousness.

      Now back to Chocolate Cake…

      SECOND, making sure your dessert is tasty and truly delicious is super (!) important so that you are satisfied. However, eating these delicious foods in a proper portion is important to sticking with our health goals. You guys know it’s important to me to make healthy eating as EASY as possible for you- it is my #1 priority.

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      SO I’m sharing with you today three single-serving chocolate Mug Cake recipes that are healthy, decadent, and inherently portion controlled. Here they go!

      INGREDIENTS

      For the Base:

      • 1/2 cup almond flour

      • 3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips

      • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

      • 1/8 cup skim milk

      • 1 4-oz Siggi’s Chocolate Triple Cream skyr

      • Optional (but recommended): dash of salt, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

      • Note: If you can’t find almond flour, use regular white baking flour instead

      3 Chocolate Varieties:

      • Chocolate: no additional ingredients

      • Banana Chocolate Chip: add in ¼ diced banana

      • Chocolate Nut: add 1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans or pecan halves

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Mix ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl; use only 2 of the 3 Tablespoons of chocolate chips

      2. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, take out for ~30 seconds to allow cake to cool briefly. Microwave for another minute. Top with last Tablespoon of chocolate chips.

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      This post is sponsored by siggi’s. As always, all opinions are my own. 


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