Healthy Snacks We Love: Il Morso Americano Coffee Bars
What: Il Morso Americano Coffee Bar
How It Tastes: Like smelling your bag of coffee grounds first thing in the morning with just a whisper of sweet chocolate to balance the bracing bitterness of the java. This flavor delivers coffee, straight up. Black coffee drinkers, look no further.
Eat This! Because: Just three ingredients and 20 calories deliver 18 mg of caffeine in addition to the addictive flavor. Two of these squares will give you the mild boost of an 8-ounce cup of black tea — enough for a little mid-afternoon lift, but not enough to give you the jitters or interfere with your sleep.
Best Way to Eat It: Straight up, right after a workout — doing so can help prevent muscle pain. Taking a caffeine supplement, equal to about two cups of coffee, after a sweat session reduces muscle soreness even better than pain relievers, scientists at the University of Georgia found. Though every java junkie knows the miraculous powers of caffeine, a little-known benefit of the alertness-booster is its ability to block a chemical that activates pain receptors. Tossing a couple Il Morso bites into your gym bag can help you get back to the gym faster, accelerating your weight loss results. We also like them with a little schmear of peanut butter if you’re into the PB-chocolate combo.
Secret Ingredient: Organic cocoa butter. Cocoa butter in its purest state is an excellent source of stearic acid, a saturated fatty acid that slows digestion and, therefore, staves off hunger and helps you lose weight. Unlike other chocolates, this one isn’t tempered with the addition of butter fat, which passes through the GI tract faster and, as a result, leaves you hungry for more just minutes later.
Nutrition: 1 bite: 20 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein