Chocolate Fix

Since I was in elementary school I have been eating yogurt for lunch, snack, whenever.  I may take occasional breaks from it, but I always go back, it's something I never tire of.  It's basically my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I haven't made yogurt in a little while and just got a large container of greek yogurt so I could take some to work this week.  It's a food that is quick, easy and filling when there isn't time to sit down and eat at work.  I usually spice it up with some raw honey and then fruit, ground flax, granola, etc.  Mmmmm.  There are many benefits of yogurt including probiotics, calcium and protein so it makes me feel even better about loving it.
When the commercial first came out where all the people talk about eating their favorite desserts and loosing weight, then it ends up being yogurt, I just had to try them.  Those are quite tasty, but it's almost scary what kinds of chemicals they must use to make them taste identical to something like apple pie.  And they do taste exactly like what they are supposed to.  Since we already know that I also love sweets this was a great option for me to get that dessert fix.  I just was kind of uncomfortable with the additives, etc.  When I found this recipe for a little chocolate fix in the issue of SELF magazine that featured Jillian Michaels (another favorite of mine), since it includes yogurt, it was definitely the first one I tried.  I have to say that I didn't have super high expectations at first, but now I'm hooked!  If you want something that's just slightly chocolatey and sweet this is great.  It's not going to taste exactly like a boston cream pie and be around 100 calories, but you'll know exactly what's in it, and it will still be good for you.

1 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons honey (preferably raw)
1/2 tablespoon cocoa (the recipe actually calls for 1 teaspoon, but I think it tastes better with more)

Mix together.  Enjoy.

I guess I never paid attention, but I didn't realize that cocoa powder only had 10 calories in a tablespoon, so you can probably add more than half a tablespoon if you wanted it more chocolatey.  Here are the nutrition facts for the above recipe.

Calories 189
Fat 0.3g
Total Carbohydrates 22g
Fiber 0.8g
Sugars 20.6g
Protein 23.5g (Wow!)

If you feel that Greek yogurt is too expensive you can make it with regular fat free plain yogurt, and the nutrition information would be as follows.

Calories 157
Fat 0.3g
Total Carbohydrates 31.9g
Fiber 3.5g
Sugars 27.8g
Protein 11.3g

1 comment:

  1. Bought yogurt to try this today. Plan on whipping it up when I wake up from my nap :)