By RebDee Latest Reply 2015-02-11 10:56:40 -0600
Started 2015-02-04 08:13:45 -0600

Found this on my Facebook Page.
Chocolate comes from cocoa.
Cocoa comes out of a plant
That makes cocoa a vegetable
Therefore chocolate counts as a salad

Cocoa is also a fruit
Because it comes from a tree
Therefore chocolate should be a part of fruit salads.

OK, so how do I count chocolate. I have avoided it because of the calories and any other category like carbs, sugars, etc. But I miss it.
How can I reincorporate it into my diet in a miniscule way so that i don't overdo it but still get that wonderful taste?

29 replies

Type1Lou 2015-02-07 18:08:21 -0600 Report

My indulgence every now and then is to take one square of good quality dark chocolate and slather it with all natural peanut butter. It's only 6 to 7 grams of carb and oooooh so goooooood!

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-05 19:59:20 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, I'm type 1 with an insulin pump, if I cheat and the carbs ,I can bolus the with the bloodsugar & carbs.

jayabee52 2015-02-05 23:57:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Allied
Should you cheat on the carbs and raise your BG (blood glucose) levels and then cover with a bolus of insulin, you may find yourself getting fatter. extra glucose circulating in your system will be allowed into your fat cells which are opened by the insulin.
Do that too much you'll pack on the pounds of fat. Keep your carbs down and your BG low to avoid needing to bolus.

God's best to you


GabbyPA 2015-02-05 19:45:49 -0600 Report

If you can deal with the more bitter taste of dark chocolates, that is the way to go. You can have 70% Cocoa by Lindt for almost no carbs per square. It's been a while since I have had any, but I know I could budget 3 squares for a snack.

MaxieFo 2015-02-05 10:04:15 -0600 Report

I love chocolate, so I usually have a litte sugar free dark chocolate whenever I get a craving for something sweet.

Koalamissy 2015-02-11 10:56:40 -0600 Report

Unfortunately for me, most "sugar free" sweets that have sugar alcohols in them, totally kill my stomach. :(

lilleyheidi 2015-02-05 02:45:51 -0600 Report

I'm gonna make a confession about chocolate here. I love and adore chocolate it is a major weakness for me. I go to school on wednesdays now, and they have a snack table with donuts and muffins and stuff like that for everyone to partake in, and I'm pretty good about not touching it, as I bring my own snacks of nuts and my own lunch of salad. However the past two weeks, when I've walked by the snack table there has been a box of little debbie fudge brownies there. Both last week and yesterday I had one !!! I put it in "myfitnesspal" and added in the cals and carbs and went about my day. I'm not overly worried about spikes in my BG. I know I will have occasional spikes but as long as the majority of the time my BG is running where it should be in the 80's and 90's then I am happy and am willing to risk an occasional higher reading. So for me an occasional chocolate treat. I do agree with what others say that a piece of dark chocolate is better for you and probably if I did that then the lesser quality chocolate brownie wouldn't be an issue for me. So I guess when I get to the store I'll buy some good quality dark chocolate, and pray I don't eat it all just because it's here. Good luck RebDee

RebDee 2015-02-06 17:20:08 -0600 Report

Thanks Lilleyheidi: I must admit I also am a Little Debbie fan but have not eaten any in about 7 months. I am more interested in the actual square of chocolate. If I am going to cheat it is going to be milk chocolate. I don't like dark chocolate and would rather go without than to eat something that I don't really like.

suecsdy 2015-02-04 17:38:24 -0600 Report

It just occurred to me that I have some sugar-free choc syrup. I bet a little of that would the trick in yogurt and baybe some chopped nuts for a little crunch.

suecsdy 2015-02-04 17:08:28 -0600 Report

I love chocolate. When I have it , I buy a good brand(Lindt is one of my favorites) and have half of what is listed on the bar as a "serving size". It is so rich and good, I don't usually want any more than that, As I have gotten older, I find the dark chocolate more appealing than milk choc. Once in a great while I will splurge and have the whole serving, but since it costs a little more, I try to make it last as long as I can. The Russel Stover brand sugar free candies are also very good. Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth. I just count it as part of my overall carb allowance.

Pegsy 2015-02-04 18:02:17 -0600 Report

I don't buy sugar free chocolate because the artificial sweeteners don't agree with me. Lindt chocolates are wonderful. I love the dark chocolate truffles. My husband will get those for me on special occasions and I will allow myself 1 or 2 a day until they are all gone. A very special treat for me. I used to prefer milk chocolate but I was told that dark chocolate is healthy so I learned to like it. Now, I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate.

I am learning to make brownies using nut flours and stevia and I find that very satisfying. Especially when I can make a single serving in the microwave. It is often my weekend treat.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-04 12:03:19 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee
As you've seen here there are ma y ways to have your chocolate
and eat it to. ;-) Dark chocolate is very good for you. Have a square a day. Hugs, VL

jayabee52 2015-02-04 10:52:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Dee
I have seen a mailing like that. It is cute.

Unfortunately since I am on dialysis, I am supposed not to eat chocolate. (doesn't mean I don't occaionally sneak a bit of the stuff) But when I was eating it, I would like Joyce just count the carbs contined in the chocolate.

God's best

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-04 10:19:55 -0600 Report

I eat chocolate everyday. I just count it as a carb. I don't sort out my carb intake by veggies and fruit, I count them in with the meal or snack.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-04 09:52:42 -0600 Report

I use to eat a square of dark chocolate everyday..even before I was diagnosed…I switched over to pure cacao powder about a month ago…make puddings, hot chocolate and flavored coffees from is a very healthy food and should be incorporated into everyone's diet..

RebDee 2015-02-04 12:12:32 -0600 Report

Is there a particular brand of cacao powder? What section of the grocery store is it found?

camerashy 2015-02-04 09:04:29 -0600 Report

Almost everyone makes sugar-free chocolate. therefore, I have eaten my share of it, and actually gotten tired of it. Good luck on the calories, though.

Pegsy 2015-02-04 08:22:54 -0600 Report

I eat chocolate almost every day. I have 1 dark chocolate square with a small handful of nuts as a snack, usually in the afternoon. That is the time of day that my glucose usually runs the lowest so I take advantage of that. When I am having a really good glucose day, I might do that twice, once in late morning and once in early afternoon. I suppose some may consider this "cheating" but life needs to allow some indulgences, in my opinion.

Some days I enjoy chocolate yogurt as my snack. I use plain vanilla Greek yogurt and I add cocoa and stevia to taste. Another way I enjoy chocolate is by drinking chocolate almond milk or making hot cocoa using the same. I just add a little extra cocoa and perhaps a little cream.

I hope to learn how to make my own low carb, sugar free chocolate ice cream using almond milk (and I don't know yet what else, LOL).

suecsdy 2015-02-04 17:12:47 -0600 Report

What is your carb/cocoa ratio approx? I have some coconut milk vanilla yogurt and I think this would be a very good way to use it.

Pegsy 2015-02-04 18:08:41 -0600 Report

I'm not sure what you are asking. I just use plain, unsweetened yogurt. One cup is about 10 carbs, I think. You would need to check the label. Then I just add cocoa powder and Stevia to taste. I use Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder. The label says it has 3 g carb per tablespoon. Is that the info you were asking for?

RebDee 2015-02-04 08:58:51 -0600 Report

Thanks Pegsy for your reply. Since I have not yet started eating chocolate again, I use one meal for Yoplait lite & fit Greek yogurt and add cashews and a cut up fruit such as strawberries or blueberries or mango, etc. It makes a great meal. I too use Silk Almondmilk (I tried Coconutmilk but although I enjoy coconut, I didn't like the taste of the milk). Truthfully, if I were to eat chocolate, I would prefer milk chocolate. Perhaps I should buy one Hershey's bar and only try one square to see where my BS goes before I actually incorporate it into my diet.

RebDee 2015-02-04 09:00:41 -0600 Report

Might I add, that since I do not drink coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, or soda, when it gets cold I occasionally have Nestles sugar free hot chocolate and add almondmilk to it for more body. YUM.