Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

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Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Post by leafy_greens » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:31 pm

A coworker is on some other diet, but she told me she does unsweetened cocoa powder in hot water, and "It takes away my chocolate cravings." I have tried it a few times and it does give that hot chocolate feeling, without the fat and sugar. There are 10 calories per tablespoon, but not much else. It rather tastes like cocoa tea, I guess. What do you think?
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Re: Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Post by oolala53 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:22 pm

Leafygreens, hi! Nice to see you.

Never tried that. I do often put a tablespoon of cocoa powder in my coffee but that also has some kind of creamer and stevia in it. I find that that does not lead me to want chocolate candy or anything later. I keep trying to get used to black coffee or green tea but I have a hard time with bitter things. I do still experiment with them because apparently that bitterness is part of why these things are good for us.

I admit that, as the years have gone on, I've narrowed my range of foods for health reasons and because no matter what I did, it was always too easy for me to eat more of some of them, like sweets and especially chocolate ones, than felt good later. I resisted it for ten years, but I'm glad I gave myself time. I also now eat a bit of dark chocolate sometimes. I never liked it that much and it doesn't give me the thrill milk chocolate did, which is good, I think. But now I enjoy it. Go figure.

Reinhard says in the book that if you want to have chocolate because you think it's good for you, drink it like the Aztecs did. It sounded close to what you're describing. If that does it for you, have at it.
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Re: Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Post by leafy_greens » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:31 pm

oolala53 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Leafygreens, hi! Nice to see you.
Thanks for the response. It does taste pretty bitter, but I've gotten into tea, so to me it doesn't taste much different than that. I have also read about health benefits of pure cocoa, so I think drinking it in hot water could be a good distraction from chocolate treats or candy. I do remember Reinhard saying that in the book, but I was curious if he was being sarcastic, because I bet most people probably wouldn't bother drinking it this way!
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Re: Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Post by automatedeating » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:46 pm

I have tried to develop a taste for 90% dark chocolate. I actually quite enjoy a square or two from time to time now. My trick is that I eat it with my coffee (which has cream in it). Voila! The cream cuts the bitter of the chocolate and it's a delicious dessert.
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Re: Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Post by Sammybunny711 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:25 pm

Hmmm this sounds interesting. I may have to start putting some cocoa powder in my coffee. *thinking face*
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