Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays not because of the time I get to spend with my loved ones, but because of the discounted chocolate!! But how do I indulge my sweet tooth and still stick to my healthy eating goals? It's time to become a smart chocolate eater!
I'm posting this now before we all stock up on the chocolate (that has been on sale since the end of December, can you believe it?!) so that we can all avoid the worst of the bunch :)
Here's what to buy:
* The Darker the Better!
Dark chocolate has less sugar, is dairy-free, and is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to reduce blood pressure and decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Try - Hershey's Miniatures: Special Dark: 5 pieces for 200 calories!
* Go Nuts!
Chocolate that contains nuts are better for you, because the nuts contain a variety of nutrients and healthy fats!
Try - Dove Silky Smooth Almond Milk Chocolate Bar:1 bar for 190 calories
* Get the Grapes!
If you love chocolate-covered anything, opt for raisins over pretzels or marshmallows. They're rich in antioxidants and provide extra fiber.
Try - Raisinets, Snack Pack: 1 box for 150 calories
* Steal a Kiss
Not all kisses are created equal. There are now seven different types of Hershey's Kisses, and they each have unique nutritional info. If they all taste the same to you, go for the gold wrapper — they've got less fat.
Try - Milk Chocolate Kisses filled with Caramel: 9 pieces for 190 calories
* Read the Fine Print
Candy is candy — the ingredient list is never going to win nutrition prizes, but when purchasing chocolate, look for chocolate to be the first ingredient and sugar to come later. Dark chocolate is best. And as with all foods, the more ingredients you can pronounce the better.
Try - Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, 60% Cacao Squares: 1 square for 55 calories