Want to help ward off the temptation to indulge in the Valentine’s Day treats that will no doubt be laying around your home and office next week? Here our friends at Women’s Running share a handful of their favorite chocolate-flavored nutrition products for in and out of training and racing.
Burt’s Bees Daily Protein Chocolate
Yes, this is the same company that makes your favorite lip treatment. But do not be fooled—Burt’s knows its stuff when it comes to plant-based protein powder. One heaping scoop gives you 15g of protein and 1.5 servings of fruits and vegetables, plus the chocolaty flavor is pleasantly noticeable but not overwhelming or chalky. Note: pairs well with your favorite green smoothie recipe!
Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
You know how you can’t keep a jar of Nutella in the house? Well, this new flavor from Clif bakes that goodness right into the middle of its traditional chewy-yet-crispy bar. The hidden surprise definitely brings a new level of excitement to an energy bar. And one bar equals one 230-calorie serving.
I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Puffs
Laced with Himalayan pink salt, these dark chocolate morsels are ideal for satiating a craving for salty and sweet. Since they are crunchy with a burst of protein-laden quinoa, it’s not really fair to call them dessert—we would eat them at any time.
FitJoy Mint Chocolate Crisp Protein Bar
If you believe that the proper serving size for Thin Mints is a full sleeve, you’ll fall in love with this crisp, fudgy treat. With 20g of protein and 25g of carbs packed into 220 calories, this is a perfect post-workout snack to encourage muscular recovery. More importantly, the rich chocolate taste combined with the cool mint crunch will transport you straight to Girl Scout cookie season—why wait?
$28 for box of 12, Fitjoy.com
Honey Stinger Organic Gel Chocolate
Chilly runs call for bold flavors, like this yummy chocolate gel made of 98 percent organic ingredients. Not only does it taste like your favorite chocolate syrup, the 100-calorie gel has 50mg of potassium and sodium because you still sweat and lose electrolytes when the temperature drops. Plus, it packs a powerful punch with 32mg of caffeine from green tea.
$33 for box of 24, Honeystinger.com
This article originally appeared at Womensrunning.com.