I have a sweet tooth. Unfortunately I also have a savoury tooth but that’s another post!
This sweet tooth means I like nothing better of an evening than curling up with a coffee and some chocolate but if you read my previous post you’ll know there are some moderation issues to overcome in the fit foot household.
So how can you have your cake, or in this case chocolate and eat it, and by doing so how can you still stay on track?
Well, a very slim, very fit and insanely self controlled friend of mine (thanks Clare!) turned me onto the idea of eating dark chocolate. Not any old dark chocolate, good quality and high in cocoa content. This is basically the bitter stuff but don’t be put off as you can now get dark chocolate which is infused with all sorts of flavours. My particular favourites are the Orange Intense and Coconut infused bars from Lindt’s Dark.Noir range.
The reason this works so well is because the flavour is so intense you don’t want more than a couple of pieces. Unlike something smooth like say, Cadburys Dairy Milk which lets face it Ladies is fairly easy on the palette to the extent that “ooh, I seem to have eaten the whole bar!” often occurs.
My tip is as follows. As soon as you get back from the shops divide the chocolate bars into two piece servings and wrap in foil. Place in a ziploc bag and place it in the fridge. Each evening have one foil wrapped portion. Even better if you mix up several different portioned bars in your bag you never know which one you’re going to get. A portion of 2 squares if you were wondering is just over 100 calories.
In addition to getting a chocolate fix you are also choosing a food that has been shown to have added health benefits. Numerous scientific studies have shown that flavanol, an antioxidant found in dark chocolate has been shown to improve the body’s ability to metabolise sugar.
That’s a win / win I’d say!
If you have any ideas regarding how to get your sugar fix that work when you are watching the lbs, I’d love to hear them!