There aren’t many people that don’t love chocolate, and I am the first to admit it’s one of my favourite food items!
As with anything, a little bit of something for the most part won’t cause us any major issues. The problem is a lot of chocolate products are loaded high with sugar and even have other sugary ingredients added to them making them even more tempting and addictive. This leads us to wanting more of that same product until we overeat and make ourselves not only feel ill but beat ourselves up over the guilt of our over-indulgence.
There are healthy ways to enjoy chocolate without needing to feel guilty – the obvious one being just have a little instead of a lot! However I don’t know many people that have this kind of discipline and willpower so it’s best to try to avoid the addictive stuff altogether if you can. My suggestion would be to try and find ways to make your experience a healthier one – dark chocolate for example is said to be the better option compared with its milk counterpart. The good thing with dark chocolate is that because of its bitterness you don’t feel the need to eat as much, but you can still achieve that satisfaction of having something chocolate based. It’s also claimed to contain antioxidants which play a great role in your health.
Another great option is cocoa powder and is one of my personal favourites. I have some every day in my smoothies and is a great addition to something you can have in so many different ways so it doesn’t get boring. But if you can’t satisfy your craving through a smoothie try some home baking and use ingredients you know will benefit you and make you feel good. Homemade brownies are another one of my favourites and can be made without any refined sugar or other bad food items that shouldn’t be passing your lips. Experiment a little and see what delicious and nutritious treats you can discover that won’t make you feel guilty.