Lauren studied International Cultural Studies at BYU-Hawaii and went on to study nutrition. Macaroni and cheese is her weakness.
Chocolate Bark: A Weight-Loss Tool
Often, I find myself irrationally hungry throughout the day, especially in the late afternoon when I’m in the kitchen trying to prepare dinner. I tend to eat anything in sight, all the while the old adage repeated by mothers everywhere is ringing through my head: “Don’t eat that junk food! You’ll spoil your dinner!“ And indeed, I do. When it’s was actually time to eat dinner, I’m not very hungry, so I don’t eat much of the healthy food I prepare. And then, a couple of hours later, I’m hungry again and binge on junk food. It’s a ridiculous cycle.
So, I did a little research on appetite suppressants and concocted a recipe for a decent-tasting chocolate bark that helped to curb my food cravings. But first, let’s talk about some of the ingredients.
This is one of the more palatable appetite suppressants, and it also contains helpful antioxidants. The darker the chocolate, the more effective it will be in suppressing appetite. For this recipe, I usually use chocolate chips that are only 60% dark, which isn’t optimal, but I like the price of those far better than some of the darker choices.
This fantastic grain is a low-glycemic food. It’s full of fiber and has good carbohydrates that burn slowly. If you want to increase the volume of your chocolate bark, you could consider adding a bit more oatmeal.
This oil doesn’t do much to help suppress appetite, but it is known to increase metabolism and burn belly fat.
This spice has thermogenic effects and aids in circulation and digestion. It also contains capsaicin, which helps with burning fat. If you are particularly sensitive to heat in your foods, try reducing the amount of cayenne in this recipe or taking it out all together.
Ginger has been known to increase metabolism and decrease appetite. In addition, it is often used to aid in digestion.
This well-known spice also has thermogenic effects and is known to boost metabolism. Cinnamon can reduce cholesterol levels and stimulate insulin activity, and may help increase energy. The warm flavor of this spice also helps to make food more appetizing.
Appetite-Suppressing Chocolate Bark Recipe
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 drops pure orange essential oil
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt dark chocolate for 50 seconds in the microwave, stopping to stir halfway through.
- Stir in coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, orange essential oil, and oatmeal.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with wax paper and pour mixture into pan, spreading it along the bottom of the pan until it is even.
- Place in refrigerator for one to two hours until chocolate bark is set.
- Cut or break bark into 2-inch squares.
Yields 16 squares. Each square is 50 calories each.
Notes and Adjustments
- You can melt the dark chocolate in a pan over the stove instead of using the microwave.
- Make sure to use rolled oats and not instant oats, as the latter are more processed and not as effective at making you feel full.
- The orange essential oil is optional; I just think it helps improve the taste. Alternatively, you can add any essential oil approved for internal use to this recipe.
- For thicker bark, use a smaller dish.
- This bark works in candy molds as well; I would just lessen the amount of oatmeal to make a smoother candy.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t eat a ton of this bark every day. It might suppress your appetite and contain some healthy ingredients, but eating it in excess (just like many things), isn’t optimal for your health. I would recommend one to three squares a day.
I generally eat a square of this bark twice a day, in the mid-morning and in the late afternoon. I personally feel the results of doing this are moderate. It doesn’t completely obliterate all my cravings and snacking, but on average, I eat 200-300 fewer calories a day when I eat this bark. Give it a try, and let me know how it works for you!
- Spices, Inc. discusses the best spices for weight loss.
- Herbal Remedies outline some safe herbs that reduce appetite.
- This article lists foods that aid in suppressing appetite.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Lauren Flauding
Lauren on January 31, 2020:
I haven't used Malabar pepper before, thanks for the tip!
Priti Ranjan on January 31, 2020:
What about adding some Malabar black pepper in your Ingredients. The best Indian spices, that famous for many health benefits and sizzling flavor.