Thursday, February 19, 2009

A girl's best friend

A girl's gotta have chocolate, right? I mean, right next to pearls and diamonds, I'm pretty sure chocolate is a girl's best friend.

Even though I try to make smart food choices all day long, I always ensure that I have a few calories left over to spend on some chocolate. It's my night time treat that always ends a day just perfectly.

Since chocolate isn't know for its nutritional qualities, I've concocted a few ideas that make healthy chocolate taste super creamy! they are.

Banana Chocolate Shake
-peel one banana and cut into bite sized pieces.
-put in a zip lock back and freeze overnight.
-In a blender, combine the frozen banana and 1 c. soy chocolate milk (this is what I use, but fat free milk with 1 tbsp of chocolate mix works just as well)
-Mix until well blended and serve immediately!
-DELISH! (and under 200 calories!)

the frozen banana is really creamy and has an ice cream texture which makes it really decadent. If I'm eating it for breakfast or after a workout, I usually add a teaspoon or two of peanut butter for some extra protein. But, if it's just a night time snack, I leave the p.b. out. You can also freeze it for 2-3 hours after blending and the consistency becomes thicker.

Frozen Pudding
-I take a 100 calorie cup of pudding and put it in the freezer for about 4 hours. It is the perfect consistency and just thick enough to resemble ice cream. Plus, it takes longer to eat, so I don;t scarf it down. If you freeze it for too long and it is super hard put it in the microwave for 30 seconds on power level 8 and it will be good to go!

These are two of my favorite stand-bys when the chocolate bug gets me but I don't want to splurge. It tastes like splurging, without all the calories and fat!

If you try them, let me know what you think...


Mrs. Not-so-Domesticated said...

Yum...lately though I've been craving white chocolate, and today I found hersheys cookies and cream kisses! They were delish as I watched my DVR'd LOST.

The hubby thinks I'm crazy because I yell at the TV. Mostly when crazy things happen, like Jin in a Dharma suit driving the van! then it ends!!! Is he somehow connected to the Dharma guy on the videos? I can't believe they got back...and where are the other people from the plane. Seriously.

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

You are saving me! I did SO WELL on wednesday, but yesterday, there were donuts in the office, and there was Ben & Jerry's in the freezer... UGH! I am happy to have your tricks now :)

Whitney said...

Sounds good to me! I'm gonna have to try that pudding one!

The Pink Potpourri said...

yum! those sound delicious. thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Nurse said...

I am going to try the shake! Thanks for sharing :)

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

ps I gave you an award :) check tomorrow - it's a scheduled post!

Marlene said...

RYC: You asked about the blood work. I was diagnosed with a blood clot last Friday. :( I am on blood thinners (pills and daily injections right now), which means constant blood work. Ugh!

Thanks for that delicious chocolate recipe - yum! I could use some of that right about now. :)

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Um. thank you.
Its not even 9 a.m. and I'm not craving chocolate!! :)

I meant to tell you that I found a sweet chocolate store by my house. Remind me to tell you about it because they had some super fun things. They just opened.