Healthy Chocolate Craving Ideas

We’ve all been there. You eat “clean” all day, but then the cravings hit. You know the kind—CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS. So what do you do when you want to stay on track, but can’t shake the thought of indulging in that fine delicacy? Believe it or not, you’ve got options.

When you’re craving chocolate, it usually means your body is truly craving magnesium. While the following options aren’t nearly as fun, they’ll keep you on track and should satisfy your needs. Instead of reaching for a pint of your favorite chocolate ice cream, try these magnesium-rich foods first:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes (pod plants such as peanuts, beans, peas, etc.)
  • Fruits
  • Veggies

If you exhaust those options and are still looking for a chocolatey pick-me-up, try out one of these healthier recipes!

Chocolate “Nicecream”:

  • 2 frozen, overripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or agave

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 18 oz tub of lite or sugar-free Cool Whip
  • 1 big box (or 2 small boxes) of chocolate sugar-free pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk

Whisk milk and pudding together for 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or serve immediately) and enjoy!

If you STILL have to have chocolate after trying out those recipes, give yourself a break and go for it. Opt for dark chocolate if you can or even just a small handful of chocolate chips. One piece of chocolate will not ruin your progress. Promise! The heart wants what it wants, right?