My Top 5 Tips for Chocolate (aka Valentine’s) Day!

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I love chocolate as much as the next person (ok maybe more) but I think when we’re talking enjoyment, moderation is key.

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I think you can enjoy chocolate even more without the sugar crash!

  1. Get the good dark stuff. It’s worth it: you’ll be more satisfied with less and it’s packed with flavonoids. Shoot for 70%+ or more cocoa. The closer you can get to a natural food the better.
  2. Enjoy it. Don’t mindlessly scarf handfuls of Purdy’s right out of the box while reading People magazine and watching The Bachelor. Sit down and enjoy every bite. Ten chocolates taste no better than one chocolate.
  3. Eat it straight up. You’d be surprised by how much chocolate you consume when it’s covering fruit. I say, just eat the fruit alone and then eat chocolate unfiltered.
  4. Don’t bring it into your kitchen if you don’t want to eat it. Gifted a Costco sized box of high-fructose-corn-syrup flavored wax? Bring it into the office and not into your cupboard.  Even the garbage is a better place for it than your tummy.
  5. Modeling moderation and enjoyment of food is important for our kids in developing their own healthy approach to eating. Food is not just about physical health, but a big part of culture and enjoyment in life. There are no guilt foods. As my daughter says, “Chocolate is yummy. Too much chocolate is yucky.”

Happy Valentine’s Chocolate Day!

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Allison Tai is mother to two young girls, Amelita and Seren. She is also an elite obstacle course racer and fitness coach. You can find her blog at www.yomamasofit.com where she muses about her life as an athlete, and her life as a mom.

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34 responses to “My Top 5 Tips for Chocolate (aka Valentine’s) Day!”

  1. Elva Roberts — February 10, 2015 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    This post on ‘My top 5 tips for Chocolate aka Valentine’s Day’ is rather like a ‘two-edged’ sword. We may eat chocolate but only if it it 70% cocoa and one knows that this percentage is not nearly as good as a handful of milk chocolate chips.
    Just sayin…

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:00 am

      Nothing wrong with a few chocolate chips either 😉

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  2. Victoria Ess — February 10, 2015 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    I definitely resonate with what you said about Purdy’s. I have the worst habit of downing multiple chocolates whenever I have an assorted box, without enjoying them. Happy Chocolate’s Day!

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      I think we all do!

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  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — February 10, 2015 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    I don’t like the dark stuff, nor the semi they both taste bitter to me. I’m all for milk or white chocolate 🙂

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      Everything in moderation!!! You have to eat what tastes good for you!

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  4. Laurie P — February 11, 2015 @ 6:33 am (#)

    I’ve lost my sweet tooth since having my baby girl, weird and sad, I know….

    However, those rare occasions that I do enjoy some chocolate, I don’t hold back. And don’t even get me started on chocolate pretzels…..lol

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:03 am

      Lucky you! And yes on chocolate pretzels!

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  5. JaimeeM — February 11, 2015 @ 7:04 am (#)

    Moderation is key. Such good tips. I happen to be one of those people who dont hold back. Lol

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:03 am

      Exactly!

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  6. nicolthepickle — February 11, 2015 @ 7:08 am (#)

    I totally agree get the best. Green and Blacks has a lovely dark chocolate that I love.

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:04 am

      Yummmmmm! Agreed!

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  7. kathy downey — February 11, 2015 @ 7:23 am (#)

    The darker the chocolate the better I like it

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:04 am

      Me too.

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  8. Anna W — February 11, 2015 @ 8:08 am (#)

    We love dark chocolate, when I started giving my children chocolate it was always %70 -%80. Their taste buds now prefer the healthier over the junky kind.

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    • Allison Tai — February 11th, 2015 @ 11:06 am

      I have one of those 90% bars in my cupboard and I gave some to my toddler hoping that she’d never want any of my stash again. She loved it!

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      • Angela V — February 11th, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

        hahahah love that Alli!

  9. Cheryl — February 11, 2015 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    You lost me at moderation!! lol I love chocolate and way too often 1 just isn’t enough!!! Can’t wait for after Chocolate Day sales!! 🙂

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:26 am

      Haha! Cute!

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  10. Tammy B — February 12, 2015 @ 7:32 am (#)

    Great Tips, I do follow some of them, but not always. I only buy semi sweet chocolate.. Although I should buy unsweetened so I have some to use in my baked goods.. I know hubby wouldnt eat it and I would still have it left.

    Happy Chocolate Day!!

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:27 am

      That sounds like a win!

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  11. Melinda — February 13, 2015 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Great tips! I’ve been watching my sugar consumption, so this would help 😉 Happy Chocolate Day!!!

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:28 am

      Way to go! A little goes a long way right?

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      • Melinda — February 24th, 2015 @ 10:29 am

        exactly! that’s what my dietitian taught me 🙂

  12. Stephanie LaPlante — February 16, 2015 @ 11:07 am (#)

    Awesome tips! It’s a good thing I actually prefer the flavor of extremely dark chocolate.

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:28 am

      I’m with you! Might be an acquired taste but I couldn’t agree more!

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  13. kathy downey — February 18, 2015 @ 8:40 am (#)

    OMG the chocolate tasted so good on Saturday

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:28 am

      Yes it did!! Yum!!

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  14. Laurie P — February 21, 2015 @ 6:07 am (#)

    we’re a little hooked on dark chocolate covered pretzels….we’ve been making them a little too often lately.

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    • Allison Tai — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:30 am

      I think you’re on up if you making them yourself though 😉

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  15. kathy downey — February 27, 2015 @ 6:21 am (#)

    Just waiting on Easter now for my next chocolate fix…lol

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  16. Elva Roberts — October 8, 2015 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    I’m still having some battles with chocolate. One thing is that I try to eat less and that less often. I try to just eat a little really good chocolate and that seems to be working for me. I am really trying to not eat it mindlessly but to savor a bit and it does seem to be working.

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  17. kathy downey — January 21, 2016 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    I cant believe its almost that time again….oh the chocolates

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  18. Darlene W — July 8, 2016 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    when you talk chocolate your talking my talk

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