Few foods are more crave-worthy than rich, sweet chocolate. But, as a more-or-less responsible adult, how do you manage your chocolate cravings? After all, chocolate beckons from every vending machine, coffee shop, and checkout line you encounter throughout the day. It’s everywhere! But with a standard Hershey’s bar clocking in at 210 calories, chocolate will have to remain a treat instead of a daily meal replacement.
There’s a reason we crave chocolate (some of us, all day, every day.) According to Psychology Today, eating chocolate releases dopamine, the neurotransmitter that activates the reward centers of the brain. So not only does chocolate taste delicious, it also makes you feel good. No wonder this sweet treat is so addictive. But there may be other reasons you desire a dark chocolate Milky Way that have nothing to do with happiness.
By addressing the reason why you want chocolate, you can redirect your snack needs to healthier alternatives. Whether you’re in need of something sweet, an energy boost, or just plain hungry, there is a snack option for you. Sweet fruits, creamy yogurt, and even crunchy chickpeas can make for great snacks as well. By having some of these healthy foods on hand, you’ll be less tempted to raid the office candy dish several times a day.