Healthy Chocolate Snacks to Keep Your Goals on Track During Winter

Is it just me or does cool weather instantly make you feel like giving up on your healthy lifestyle to instead snuggle up on the couch with a bowl full of chocolatey treats?

Winter is synonymous with comfort food and without the need to be in a bikini every weekend, we can quickly lose track of our diets. Unfortunately, those people that tell you that Summer bodies are made in Winter are telling the truth. Not only that but it’s important for our general health and well-being to limit high-sugar and indulgent foods.

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to go without the things you love in life so finding healthier alternatives is a priority over learning to give them up altogether. A balanced diet does in fact include sweet treats but it doesn’t hurt to be smarter about the treats you’re choosing.

So, next time it’s raining outside and all you want is to eat dessert for breakfast, try these sweet and healthy snacks instead.

Dark Chocolate Coated Strawberries

Sometimes your cravings are calling for the real thing (that being actual, delicious chocolate). In those times, it’s best to find a happy compromise that allows you to indulge a little so you’re not left feeling unsatisfied and likely to binge later on. Chocolate covered strawberries are a great option as you’ll get a little of the stuff you love along with the sweetness of the strawberry (not to mention all of those antioxidants). Extra points go to the gal who uses sugar-free chocolate but a good quality dark (80% cocoa or higher) is also a commendable choice.

Cacao Buckwheat Grouts

Buckwheat is a grain like seed that is cultivated from a plant similar to rhubarb. When oven baked with a chocolatey raw cacao mix, they’re great as a cereal alternative for anyone who struggles to give up coco pops, a sweet topping for yoghurts and smoothies and they’re even great sprinkled on rice cakes with peanut butter. To make them, simply coat your buckwheat grouts in a mix of melted coconut oil, maple or rice malt syrup, and cacao powder and bake on 180 degrees Celsius until they’re crispy.

Choc Protein Bliss Balls

They may be small but bliss balls pack a real punch of both flavour and nutrition. They make great on the go snacks and are valuable adds to your fridge when those after-dinner sugar cravings hit. You can find a lot of delicious recipes online all using different ingredients to provide exciting flavours. A personal favourite recipe of mine is Beauty Chef’s Choc Banana and Tahini Bliss Balls.

Choc Banana Nice-Cream

If you grew up being rewarded with a bowl of ice-cream when you finished your dinner then you’ll love this one. Nice-Cream is basically a healthier version of cold and creamy ice-cream but more importantly, is loaded with nutritious ingredients that are actually doing you some good. You can get creative with your recipe but a simple way to make a Choc Banana flavoured nice-cream is to blend a frozen banana with a scoop of chocolate protein powder, some ice and a dash of coconut milk (or coconut cream if you’re feeling indulgent). If you want a little more sweetness, throw in 1-2 dates or a teaspoon of rice malt syrup.

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