Best Diet-Friendly Ways to Kick a Chocolate Craving

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Chocolate is a part of life. When you're celebrating (cake) when you're sad (ice cream), and when you just want a fix (candy). Luckily, there are plenty of ways to feed that chocolate need, no matter what your calorie budget.

For 200 Calories or Less

Chocolate Protein Bars: Protein bars are perfect when you need something truly satisfying to hold you over between meals. But not all protein bars have reasonable calorie counts so you need to flip the packages over and check the nutritional panels. Look for bars that pack in some fiber too. 

Chocolatey Cereal: Chocolate-flavored cereal is a fantastic way to feed a craving. Bonus points if it has some fiber. Look for options with 110 calories or less per serving and pay attention to those serving sizes! They vary from cereal to cereal. Top it off with a cup of fat-free milk or your low-calorie milk swap of choice. You can also layer the cereal with nonfat yogurt (Greek or regular) for a craving-busting parfait!

Light Chocolate Ice Cream: Look for single-serving containers so you won't be tempted to overdo it. Otherwise, measure carefully! A half-cup serving is smaller than you think! To make it more filling, top a scoop with sliced strawberries. 

Two-Ingredient Brownie Muffins: Mix a box of devil's food cake with a 15-oz.

 can of pure pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling, which is much higher in calories). The batter will be very thick but don't add anything else. Bake in a 12-cup muffin pan sprayed with nonstick spray at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Then enjoy a fudgy 181-calorie brownie-muffin hybrid!

For 100 Calories or Less 

Vitalicious VitaTops: Speaking of chocolate muffins, these Tops are at the top of my list! All-natural, packed with vitamins and minerals, low in fat, high in fiber, and just 90 - 100 calories each! Find the classic Deep Chocolate in supermarket freezer aisles or order any flavor online.

Frozen Low-Fat Fudge Bars: These treats deliver the taste of chocolate ice cream in a lower-calorie, portion-controlled way. Always keep them in the freezer and you'll be prepared at all times. 

Chocolate-Studded Snack Bars: I love chewy granola and cereal bars with chocolate chips in them. They're perfect for a mini chocolate fix. Also look for bars with a chocolate drizzle... so good!

Chocolate-Dusted Almonds: No, not chocolate-covered almonds. These are lightly dusted with cocoa to deliver chocolate flavor without a lot of calories. Look for 100-calorie packs or portion them out yourself. You can have about 14 almonds for 100 calories.

For 50 Calories or Less

Low-Calorie Hot Cocoa Mix: Look for packets with 20 - 25 calories each. These are typically labeled "diet" or "fat-free." Add to hot water and you've got a mug of hot chocolate for very few calories. For an iced chocolate fix, dissolve the mix in a small amount of hot water, then add cold water and serve over ice.

Tootsie Roll Midgees: Tootsie has the lockdown on low-calorie chocolate treats. Each of these bite-sized chewy candies has about 25 calories so you can pop two for that 50-calorie total!

Hershey Kisses: Here's another chocolate classic with just about 25 calories per piece. Can't be trusted around a big open bag of Kisses? Opt for one of the more portion-controlled options on the list.

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Fillo Bites: Turn one of those Kisses into a crunchy treat! Pop it into a mini filo shell (found in the freezer aisle of the grocery store) and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Bake an entire batch for your next get-together. Only about 35 calories each!

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