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Philly Dietitian - Blog

A blog by Philadelphia based dietitian, Theresa Shank RD LDN, who provides nutritional counseling and diet planning to get you eating, feeling, and looking your best today! 

Why do I crave chocolate after a meal and how can I control this habit?

Theresa Shank

Throughout my years of practicing as a registered dietitian, I have been presented with numerous healthy lifestyles and/or weight loss questions, one of the most common being, “Why do I crave chocolate after a meal and how can I control this habit?”. My response usually to this question is that our bodies crave sweets for several biological, psychological and lifestyle-related reasons such as low serotonin levels, an unbalanced diet high in carbohydrates, fat restriction, or purely psychological conditioning such as a dessert is what signifies the end of a meal. Regardless what the reason behind your sweet craving is, if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle or possibly your goal is to lose weight, you’ll have to curb (not eliminate) your daily indulgence. 

So let’s be honest, any alternative that truly satisfies a sweet tooth is not going to be the epitome of a healthy snack, but my suggestions could shave off some calories (all under 150), fat, and sugar in your afternoon indulgence or late night trip to the candy drawer or freezer:

  • 3 cups of air popped popcorn with 2 tbsp of Bell Plantation, PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Chocolate ( 138 calories)
  • 4 Hershey Kisses ( 100 calories)
  • 1 Small Chocolate Covered Banana: I love this recipe from Eatingwell.com (100 calories) http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chocolate_covered_bananas.html
  • 20 Blue Diamond, Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Almonds ( 132 calories)
  • 1, 5.3 ounce ChobaniSimply 100, vanilla yogurt with 2 tbsp of Bell Plantation, PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Chocolate or 1 piece of Dove, Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate. ( 145 calories)
  • 1 Enlightened, Fudge Bar ( 70 calories) http://www.eatenlightened.com/products/fudge/
  • 1⁄2 Quest, Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar ( 85 calories)
  • 24 Annie's Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)