I'm a firm believer in the idea that life isn't worth living without chocolate. A day without chocolate is a day wasted! Despite having pretty decent will power while I'm on Weight Watchers, chocolate still has to be a part of my diet - it just has to. And the good news is - it's actually pretty easy to make it happen!
You may have heard some facts about how dark chocolate can actually be good for your health - that it has benefits for both your heart and your brain (check it out here: 6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate) - and that makes total sense to me. Chocolate is food for my soul!
Eating straight dark chocolate is a little point-expensive, though. If you have 2 ounces of 60-69% cacao, it's 9 points! (Yikes!) For reference, semi-sweet chocolate (which is usually what chocolate chips are, unless you specifically buy differently) is 35% cacao. Which means that straight dark chocolate, while more beneficial than chocolate chips, isn't exactly friendly to your WW point allowance. So it's really a matter of - what's important to you? If you're looking to keep your point usage down, read on. If you just want to eat a little better, perhaps more cleanly, straight dark chocolate is probably the way to go.
I admittedly don't eat as clean as possible when I'm on Weight Watchers. I do eat lots of produce and lean meat, but I take advantage of low point quick foods. It makes it easier for me to get down to my goal weight. Once I'm there, or close, however - I revert to cleaner eating. I say this just so you realize that my pointers below aren't the cleanest suggestions you'll ever hear about chocolate!
SO, what are some chocolate indulgences that won't break your point bank?
These are my favorites (points values are based on the newer points plus program):
- Edy's Slow Churned Chocolate Ice Cream - 3 points for 1/2 cup, 6 points for 1 cup
- Add 1 Tbspn melted peanut butter for 3 points, yum!
- Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - 2 points each
- Right Bites 100 Calorie Pack Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe Cookies - 3 points each
- Special K 100 Calorie Pack Fudge Dipped Pretzels - 3 points each
- Hot Cocoa, made with 2 Tbspns mix - 2 points
- Go light on the water (make 1/2 mug full) & just add a splash of milk. This will make it more chocolatey and worth it!
- Chocolate Rice Krispies (make them with cocoa krispies), 1/12 recipe - 4 points
- Better Brownies (personal recipe - I'd be happy to share, email me!) - 3 points each
- Skinny Taste's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Biscotti - 3 points
- Skinny Taste's Chocolate Chip Clouds (chocolate chip meringues) - 1 point each
- Skinny Taste's Skinny Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Scones - 5 points each
- Chocolate covered strawberries - 2 points each
- Follow Skinny Taste's recipe to make sure they hit this point value
- Coconut Macaroons - 2-3 points each
- I followed a traditional recipe, but you can follow Weight Watcher's or Skinny Taste's to make sure you stick in the 2-3 point range (though my traditional recipe did, anyway!)
- 1 Tablespoon of semi-sweet chocolate chips (just eaten snack-style!) - 2 points
- Dove dark chocolate hearts - 1 point each
And I don't know about you guys, but I think these two recipes need to be sampled ASAP!
Amazing Flourless Brownies (Skinny Taste)
Skinny No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie (Skinny Taste)
You can also find some great ideas on the Chocolate Covered Katie blog - uhh, droool!
So you see - there are lots of chocolate options you can have that are within reason! I get a lot of daily points because I'm nursing full time (I get 40/day...I think the norm is like 24 or 26 or something like that?) so I usually end up with 10-15 points at the end of the day that I don't know what to do with! For me, that means dessert!! But I also have a 3-point snack with a cup of tea while my kids are napping in the afternoon - it's my little mama break.
So, what sounds good to you? Do you have any other chocolatey ideas?