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Maybe you have a significant other in your life; maybe you don’t. Regardless, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to round up your gal pals for a girls’ night get-together. (If you have a date planned, celebrate Galentine’s Day another night that week!)
With all the chocolate desserts and candy hearts lurking around every corner, you might think such a celebration is destined to be an all-out calorie fest. Not so! You can get your choco-licious party on in a healthy way.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are undeniably yummy, but that chocolate shell loves to fall off, doesn’t it? Solution: Make this dip that tastes like creamy chocolate cheesecake! I like it best with strawberries, but really, any fruit will do. Mmmm … the sweet taste of friendship!
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Double Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
¾ cup light whipped topping (like Skinny Truwhip or So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip! Light)
⅓ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 ½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 packets no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. mini (or chopped) semisweet chocolate chips
1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix until smooth and uniform. Stir in 1 tsp. chocolate chips.
2. Top with remaining 1 tsp. chocolate chips.
Total time: 5 minutes
Nutritional Information: 3 tbsp.: 72 calories, 4g total fat (3g sat fat), 78mg sodium, 7.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 2.5g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!