Skinny Valentine’s Chocolate Treats

What’s Valentine’s Day with­out choco­late?! Thank good­ness it’s also good for you.  This deli­cious treat is packed with flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce your risk for heart dis­ease.   But be aware, this does not apply to any olé’ choco­late.  Make sure you buy good qual­i­ty dark choco­late, which con­tains the most antiox­i­dants.

Here some easy treats for you and your Valentine’s:

1. Dark Choco­late Cov­ered Almonds:  One serv­ing has about 210 calo­ries.  It’s so choco­laty rich that one serv­ing can sat­is­fy even the most chocoholic’s sweet tooth. Almonds have heart healthy poly and mono-unsat­u­rat­ed fats and they are high in vit­a­min E, mag­ne­sium and potas­si­um.  One serv­ing of almonds pro­vides 6 g pro­tein and 4 g fiber.  Trad­er Joe’s sells Dark Bel­gian Choco­late Cov­ered Almonds among some oth­er awe­some vari­eties.

2. Choco­late Cov­ered Frozen Bananas with Roast­ed Almonds: This recipe is not only deli­cious but it’s great to make with your kids.  When you freeze a banana, it’s like mak­ing banana ice cream.  One serv­ing has about 160 calo­ries, plus you are get­ting a serv­ing of fruit.  Bananas are high in Vit­a­min C, potas­si­um and fiber. For recipe click HERE.

3. Mock Choco­late Mousse:  This deli­cious creamy treat has only 265 calo­ries.  The secret is that it’s made with tofu.  Tofu is a great source of plant based pro­tein, it’s high in cal­ci­um, potas­si­um and phy­toe­stro­gens.  Some pre­lim­i­nary stud­ies show that soy prod­ucts may help reduce LDL cho­les­terol lev­els.   Com­pare this recipe to Applebee’s Choco­late Mousse Shoot­er which has 460 calo­ries, 32 g fat and 18 g sat­u­rat­ed fat! Click HERE for the lighter treat.

4. Hot Choco­late Spiked with Rum: What bet­ter way to end the day than with a warm cup of hot choco­late.  One cup has about 250 calo­ries, it’s packed with pro­tein and cal­ci­um with­out the sat­u­rat­ed fat. The rum helps you for­get that this is actu­al­ly low-cal. Heat one cup of skim milk with a cin­na­mon stick on the stove­top.  Add 2–3 Tbsp of cocoa pow­der into mug.  Add agave and a lit­tle bit of the milk.  Stir until com­bined. Add mix­ture to milk and stir.  Last­ly, add about an ounce of rum and serve in a big cozy mug. 

5. Choco­late Truf­fle Tart: It’s easy to make and tastes deli­cious.  One slice has only 298 calo­ries.  Com­pare this to an Apple Bee’s Blue Rib­bon Brown­ie which has a whoop­ing 1310 calo­ries! For choco­late truf­fle tart recipe click HERE

6. Choco­late Angel Food Cake:  You can find it at many gro­cery stores, such as Wegman’s or Whole Foods.  If you can’t find choco­late, go with the reg­u­lar Angel Food cake and add some choco­late syrup and roast­ed wal­nuts on top.   Angel Food cake is nat­u­ral­ly low in calo­ries because it’s made with main­ly egg whites. One slice has only 140 calo­ries! You can also make your own, using a bake mix such as Bet­ty Crock­er or Dun­can Hines.




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