Drop the Candy Bar! 5 Healthier Ways to Curb a Chocolate Craving

02/04/2014 at 03:09 PM ET
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January is one long month of New Year’s resolutions…then along comes February, when you’re suddenly hit over the head with chocolate everything.

Chocolate roses. Chocolate-peanut butter hearts. Cherry-chocolate M&Ms. Fancy chocolate desserts at every restaurant. Agh! If you’re still trying to stick to that healthy mantra, Valentine’s Day is kind of a cruel seasonal trick.

Luckily, there are some awesome chocolatey foods out there that won’t break the calorie bank. Disclaimer: Nothing with chocolate is going to be good for you—but when cocoa cravings attack, it’s sometimes a matter of finding what’s better for you. Click through for our five favorite swap-ins for the full-fat stuff.

Courtesy CLIF

There are only six ingredients in these ultra-rich chocolate energy bars: dates, almonds, unsweetened chocolate, coconut, virgin coconut oil and sea salt. That means you’re getting a chocolate fix without any added sugar, and with a dose of heart-healthy fat from the nuts.

In 1 bar: 190 calores, 12g fat, 15g sugar, 5g fiber, 4g protein

Courtesy Lucerne

A new dessert riff on Greek yogurt, Lucerne’s Greek Mousse (available at Safeway grocery stores) has the fluffy texture of frosting and the rich taste of chocolate mousse, with a layer of sweet vanilla. It’s hard to believe there are only 150 calories per tub—and that you’re getting 10 grams of protein, too.

In 1 container:  150 calories, 3g fat, 18g sugar, 0g fiber, 10g protein

Courtesy Cream of Wheat

For days when plain oatmeal just sounds way too dull, indulge in a hot, chocolatey breakfast for just 130 calories and 1 gram of fat per bowl.

In 1 packet: 130 calories, 1g fat, 14g sugar, 1g fiber, 2g protein

Courtesy Skinnygirl

Made with dark chocolate and rolled oats, these gluten-free, protein-rich bars are the latest from Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinnygirl empire. The bottom layer of chocolate is supremely satisfying—just watch out for flaky chocolate bits when you open the wrapper!

In 1 bar: 180 calories, 6g fat, 9g sugar, 5g fiber, 9g protein

Courtesy Edy’s

Churning the ice cream more slowly at super-low temperatures knocks down the fat content by half without taking away from the flavor. In a world where this ice cream exists, we’re never going back to regular.

In ½ cup: 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 13g sugar, 1g fiber, 3g protein

—Marissa Conrad

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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maryann on

Edy’s Ice Cream is the
best ever! Only brand I buy.

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