I’m a funny chocolate person.
Ha ha ha ha. Not like that.
I’m a funny chocolate person, as in I only really enjoy it in certain forms.
Not a huge fan of:
- chocolate ice cream (unless it has other mix-ins to make it interesting)
- chocolate covered dried fruit
- chocolate cake (I don’t like the texture of cake, unless it’s flourless- then it’s awesome!)
- chocolate protein shakes (chocolate protein powder + milk)
- chocolate smoothies (protein OR non protein smoothies)
- chocolate cheesecake (it’s cheesecake, duh)
- chocolate and oatmeal (protein powder to the rescue!)
- hot chocolate
- chocolate covered nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews- you name it)
- Nutella (who doesn’t)
- chocolate and peanut butter
- chocolate fudge
- chocolate covered strawberries or bananas
- granola bars with/dipped in chocolate
- chocolate chips in baking (cookies, blondies, whateva)
- chocolate mousse
- chocolate and coffee (flavoured ice cream, espresso beans, mocha)
Wow. Well that was a fun list to make. Clearly I enjoy chocolate a lot of different ways. However, as much as chocolate is good for the soul and all that, I know I can’t quite treat it as a staple food, like…vegetables.
Since I don’t see myself combining chocolate and vegetables anytime soon, I try to find healthier ways to incorporate this lovely flavour into my diet.
Chocolate Protein Shake
This is a really easy way to get more protein into your diet, and it tastes exactly like chocolate milk! I usually combine 1 serving of chocolate protein powder with about 1-1.5 cups of almond milk or non-fat milk. If you’re looking to make it even more chocolate-y, add in a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder! This is a great way of adding flavour without the sugar. Cocoa powder = good for you!
Chocolate chips as “accents”
Chocolate doesn’t always have to be the main event. A lot of the time I would rather enjoy it as a supporting role, so I don’t get too overwhelmed by its rich flavour. (What is this- a theatre production?!)
For a long time I avoided combining chocolate and Greek yogurt, thinking that the flavours wouldn’t mix well.
Boy, was I wrong. I tried it, and immediately fell in love with my chocolate protein cheesecake pudding!
Let’s face it, sometimes chocolate as an “accent” in oatmeal just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, you just gotta make it the star of the show. (Again, with the theatre references… I promise they will stop soon).
When I have access to a blender (which right now I don’t, sadly), chocolate smoothies are a regular staple for me. Combine a banana, chocolate protein powder, some cocoa powder, and yes- spinach, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious drink to sip on.
These are only the main ways that I typically enjoy chocolate (on a day-to-day basis, I must add). I’m always on the lookout for new healthy chocolate concoctions, so expect this little list to keep growing 🙂
Do you like chocolate?
Do you try and “healthify” chocolate? If so, what are you favourite recipes?
Share the choco-love! 😀