※Please note that these products were not picked by Kara Swanson, but chosen through extensive research and by combing through customer reviews by our staff at mybest.
|Official certifications||Fair trade, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free|
|Main ingredients||Bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla)|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 180; carbs: 11g; sugar: 3g; fat: 13g; protein: 3g|
|Official certifications||Fair trade, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free|
|Main ingredients||Organic fair-trade cacao, cashews, unrefined organic coconut sugar, organic fair-trade cocoa butter|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 170; carbs: 14g; sugar: 9g; fat: 13g; protein: 2g|
|Official certifications||Soy free, low glycemic index|
|Main ingredients||Cacao nibs, erythritol, cocoa butter, whole milk powder|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 283; carbs: 33g; sugar: 6g; fat: 25g; protein: 8g|
|Official certifications||Fair trade, organic, kosher|
|Main ingredients||Organic chocolate liquor, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 230; carbs: 22g; sugar: 17g; fat: 15g; protein: 2g|
|Main ingredients||Maltitol, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, inulin (natural vegetable fiber) soy lecithin|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 100; carbs: 15g; sugar: 0g; fat: 8g; protein: 1g|
Peppermint infused with lavender, 4 pack
|Official certifications||Fair trade, organic, non-GMO|
|Main ingredients||Organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 130; carbs: 9g; sugar: 5g; fat: 10g; protein: 1g|
Original, 7 pack
|Main ingredients||Dark chocolate, almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, hemp protein|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 180; carbs: 11g; sugar: 8g; fat: 13g; protein: 5g|
|Official certifications||Fair trade, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free|
|Main ingredients||Organic cacao beans, organic cocoa butter, organic raw cane sugar, organic vanilla beans|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 200; carbs: 8g; sugar: 3g; fat: 18g; protein: 2g|
|Official certifications||Fair trade, gluten-free, kosher|
|Main ingredients||Unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, organic whole milk powder and milk fat|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 170; carbs: 22g; sugar: 1g; fat: 14g; protein: 3g|
|Main ingredients||Unsweetened chocolate, sugar, low fat cocoa, sunflower lecithin|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 170; carbs: 13g; sugar: 8g; fat: 12g; protein: 3g|
The Good Chocolate
Simply Lite Chocolates
Strong + Velvety Dark Chocolate
Cashew + Pure Vanilla Bean Dark Chocolate
54% Cacao Dark Milk
Dark Chocolate Organic Minis
Sugar Free Dark Chocolate
Ayurveda Inspired Artisanal Chocolate
Super Blackout Organic Dark Chocolate
Creamy Milk Milk Chocolate Style
Belgian Chocolate Probiotic Chocolate
Best High Cocoa Content Dark Chocolate
A Delicious Dark Chocolate for Milk Chocolate Lovers
Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate That Won't Up Your Blood Sugar
Individually Wrapped Chocolate for Your Stash
Low-Carb Chocolate That Tastes a Little Sweet
Raw Chocolate With Botanical Notes
70% Dark Chocolate for Appetite Satisfaction
90% Cocoa and a Low Amount of Sugar
A True Milk Chocolate Flavor
Probiotic Chocolate for Intestinal Health
|Official certifications||Fair trade, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free||Fair trade, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free||Soy free, low glycemic index||Fair trade, organic, kosher||Kosher||Fair trade, organic, non-GMO||Non-GMO||Fair trade, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free||Fair trade, gluten-free, kosher||-|
|Main ingredients||Bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla)||Organic fair-trade cacao, cashews, unrefined organic coconut sugar, organic fair-trade cocoa butter||Cacao nibs, erythritol, cocoa butter, whole milk powder||Organic chocolate liquor, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter||Maltitol, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, inulin (natural vegetable fiber) soy lecithin||Organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil||Dark chocolate, almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, hemp protein||Organic cacao beans, organic cocoa butter, organic raw cane sugar, organic vanilla beans||Unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, organic whole milk powder and milk fat||Unsweetened chocolate, sugar, low fat cocoa, sunflower lecithin|
|Nutrition per serving||Calories: 180; carbs: 11g; sugar: 3g; fat: 13g; protein: 3g||Calories: 170; carbs: 14g; sugar: 9g; fat: 13g; protein: 2g||Calories: 283; carbs: 33g; sugar: 6g; fat: 25g; protein: 8g||Calories: 230; carbs: 22g; sugar: 17g; fat: 15g; protein: 2g||Calories: 100; carbs: 15g; sugar: 0g; fat: 8g; protein: 1g||Calories: 130; carbs: 9g; sugar: 5g; fat: 10g; protein: 1g||Calories: 180; carbs: 11g; sugar: 8g; fat: 13g; protein: 5g||Calories: 200; carbs: 8g; sugar: 3g; fat: 18g; protein: 2g||Calories: 170; carbs: 22g; sugar: 1g; fat: 14g; protein: 3g||Calories: 170; carbs: 13g; sugar: 8g; fat: 12g; protein: 3g|
Kara Swanson is a certified nutritionist and the founder of Life Well Lived. She is married to her best friend and the proud mother of three. Her passion is to make nutrition simple, easy, and delicious! You can find her amazing nutrition plans and learn tips and tricks to staying healthy on her website, Instagram, or Facebook.
All the chocolate lovers rejoice! You don't have to give up your chocolate to be healthy which is great news. However, you may want to swap for a healthier version like dark chocolate so you can get the antioxidants and mood-boosting benefits it has.
However, of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Botanical additives could provide additional health benefits (like the relaxing effects of lavender), and added protein can keep you satisfied for longer periods of time.
The best and healthiest foods are minimally processed and have minimal ingredients. Make sure you read the labels but don't just look at the calories, fat, and carbs. Start to make a habit of looking at the ingredients, this tells you what is actually in the food you're eating.
For a good milk chocolate, look for about 50% cocoa. If you can appreciate bitter dark chocolates, look for a minimum of 70%. Some bars with more cocoa could taste sweeter depending on sugars or flavor additives, so see what else is included if you're not a fan of bitter foods.
When you're looking for a healthy chocolate, the darker and higher the cocoa content it has, the better. The higher the cocoa content the less sugar there typically is as well. But dark chocolate can be bitter so it might take you some time to get used to. Grab one that's higher in cocoa than you normally eat and gradually work your way up to a higher cocoa content if you need to.
According to the American Heart Association, you shouldn’t have more than about 25 grams of added sugar per day, and many chocolates can have that much in one serving. Instead, look for chocolates lower in total sugars that use sweeteners like unrefined sugar, coconut palm sugar, or agave syrup.
Sugar seems to be added to everything now and chocolate is no exception. That's why it's important to read the labels and determine how much sugar is being added so you don't exceed the recommended amount you should have in a day. And added oils will add extra calories and fat so make sure you choose a dark chocoalte with the least amount of ingredients.
It's always a good idea to look for official certifications if you struggle with certain dietary needs, preferences, or allergies. Most healthy dark chocolate bars should be free of dairy or gluten because chocolate is naturally free of both, so try and choose one that has minimal ingredients added so it's naturally free of gluten and dairy.
My personal favorite for when chocolate cravings hit is JoJo's Dark Chocolate. They have been my chocolate of choice for years now and I love how it satisfies my sugar cravings, is low in sugar, and has plant-based protein added.
And when you're craving chocolate, but want something a little different, a simple and fun treat is to make chocolate-covered strawberries. All you do is melt some dark chocolate and dip the strawberries in, let harden, and enjoy. You'll get a big antioxidant boost from both the chocolate and strawberries.
If you want some healthy, keto-friendly chocolate that's already in a convenient chip form for baking, check out these morsels recommended by food blogger Maria Fernanda!
If you're shopping for chocolate, chances are that you're a snacker. Here's even more temptation to keep you satisfied!
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