By Hilary Meyer, January 7, 2010 - 10:45am
So it’s been a few days, and so far, I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution to eat better. It’s around this time when I usually sabotage my efforts by giving myself a “reward,” in the form of a tasty treat, for staying on track. That usually involves a decadent chocolate dessert that doesn’t exactly fit under the healthy-eating umbrella.
It turns out that having a little treat is one of the secrets to losing weight. So this year I’m letting myself have some mini chocolate treats, but I’m going to be responsible by sticking to a 100-calorie limit. The recipes I’m treating myself to are all super-chocolaty—enough to curb my craving, but not bust my diet.
Chocolate-Covered Brownie Bites (76 calories for 2 bites) Dip bite-size pieces of brownie into melted chocolate for an easy treat to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Chocolate Nut Bark (74 calories) Use your favorite combination of nuts to make this quick and easy chocolate nut bark.
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas (100 calories) Kids will love dipping bananas in melted chocolate and rolling them in coconut to make this tasty frozen treat.
Thick & Rich Hot Cocoa (98 calories) Rich, creamy and thick enough that you may want to scoop it with a spoon, this European-style drinking chocolate is something different from the usual hot cocoa. Serve it in a demitasse or espresso cup for an elegant treat.
What tricks do you use to stay on track with your diet? Tell us what you think below.