A Gluten- & Dairy-Free Snack You’ll Love!

Written by: on Monday, March 12th, 2018

I’m always looking for grab n’ go snacks that aren’t too high in calories or sugar, are gluten- and dairy-free & taste good. Enter Be In Your Element Organic Dipped Rice Cakes, which I picked up today in my local grocery store. While they have a lot of flavors (Strawberry ‘N’ Cream, Sweet Vanilla Orange, Sweet Mint Dipped Corn & Chia, and Milk Chocolate), I fell in love today with their Dark Chocolate cakes because they’re the only ones that are gluten- and dairy-free. With just the right amount of dark chocolate spread on a rice cake, each cake has only 80 calories, 4 grams of fat (including 2.5 grams of saturated fat—which comes from the dark chocolate), and 5 grams of added sugars. Overall, each rice cake does have 10 grams of carbohydrates, if you’re counting carbs (which I don’t). The only downside for me: you really can’t stop after eating just one (they’re too yummy for that!), but even if you eat three like I did, you’ve only eaten 240 calories and 15 grams of sugar—which should just about cover your sugar quota for the day. I’ll definitely be buying these again!

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Chocolate Hearts … Good for Your Heart

Written by: on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
dark chocolate

Look for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content of 70% to 100% for best health benefits.

I love chocolate. There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down on a cold winter’s day with a cup of hot tea and some chocolate (preferably no kids around, making demands…sorry, I love my kids but this is me time). But the big problem with milk chocolate is…you can’t stop after just a little bit. It’s like one bite makes you want, no eat, even more. (Why I’ve had a hard time resisting the chocolates in my kids’ Halloween bins — and Christmas stockings.) Enter dark chocolate—and particularly these dark chocolates from Enjou Chocolates.*

 

dark chocolate hearts

Each of these hearts has 44 calories and loads of good-for-you antioxidants.

These have 72% cocoa content, which is what you want to look for in dark chocolate. (A cocoa content of 70% to 100% is ideal.) This dark chocolate has more fiber, more minerals (like calcium and iron), and more good-for-you antioxidants. It’s also been shown in studies to help improve risk factors for heart disease, helping to decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol—due to the powerful antioxidants it contains. But the best thing about these dark chocolate hearts: I can sit down and eat just two of them—and not crave any more. At 88 calories for two, this is a snack me—and my heart—have come to love.

* Products have been purchased by me. No products have been accepted for free or at a discount to write this piece.

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