Monday, July 06, 2009

Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day & Successfully Diet?

Then New Tree "Alpha" - I recommend you try it!
picture photograph image New Tree Alpha Chocolate 2009 copyright of sam breach
If there is one thing I am loathe to give up when I am dieting, it is chocolate and I've found that a little piece of dark chocolate every day satisfies any cravings. Recently, at Rainbow Grocery, I discovered range of Newtree's 'Alpha' range of chocolate discs that come in three flavours: Noir, Thym and Piment.

These small, but extremely satisfying 23 gram bars contain crisped rice and golden roasted flax seeds not only give each bite a pleasing nibbly effect and crunch, they provide 15% of the recommended daily amount of Omega 3 too. I don't pay any attention to the Omega 3's in my diet as a rule, but since Newtree's got it, I am not going to knock it.

For those who are calorie counting or 'Weightwatching', these small treats contain only 110 calories, or just 2 Weightwatcher points; very modest numbers in the world of chocolate eating.

I do have a certain amount of willpower, but perhaps not quite enough to stop myself sneaking 'just another square' once a larger bar has been unwrapped. That's why these tiny little 'Alpha' bars, help me overcome the issue of overindulging, by providing just enough chocolate to keep me happy, all in one small, handy package.

With its spicy kick, the 'Piment' is my favourite of the three flavours offered with the plain 'Noir' a close second. I would describe the 'Thym' as 'interesting' and although I don't dislike it, it does trail behind the other two in the desirability stakes.

And as for chocolate on a diet - you might be wondering - does it work? Well, I've lost over 20 pounds in just 14 weeks, so I'll let you be the judge of that...

2008 | Free Water for Life courtesy of Boccalone Salumeria
2006 | Lemony Yogurt
2005 | 2003 Vintage Coonawarra Majella Sparkling Shiraz
2004 | Restaurant Pizza "La Gioconda", Paris

© 2009 Sam Breach
Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day & Successfully Diet?


  • At 6/7/09 17:12, Blogger Lisa (Homesick Texan) said…

    Chocolate while dieting? Yes, please. I'll have to keep my eyes out for these, especially the Piment, which sounds like it's spicy.

  • At 8/7/09 14:45, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam you must bring some of those for us to try.

  • At 9/7/09 09:10, Anonymous kenneth said…

    Hrm... I'll have to try that brand if I see it over at Fog City. (I had an 'incident' long ago at Rainbow.. and I'm hesitant to go back there). Thanks for the rec!

  • At 9/7/09 15:31, Blogger Caleb said…

    I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

    I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.


  • At 9/7/09 18:30, Anonymous Carolyn Jung said…

    I love dark chocolate with nuts or any kind of crunch. I'll have to keep a look out for these because they sound irresistible.

  • At 10/7/09 00:52, Anonymous jonathan said…

    wow, I love chocolate, especially those with high percentage of cocoa. This one must taste good! Thanks.

  • At 10/7/09 00:53, Blogger EFS said…

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  • At 10/7/09 05:59, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice Post
    Steven Spurrier

  • At 10/7/09 13:06, Blogger Beccy said…

    I agree with mum.

  • At 10/7/09 13:59, Blogger Sam said…

    Beccy & Mum - that would be like taking coals to Newcastle.. it's *European* chocolate. I'm going to bring you something San Franciscan and even better (though perhaps not as calorie conscious)

  • At 10/7/09 16:11, Anonymous EB said…

    Chocolate and ice cream and 20 lbs. Officially awesome.

  • At 27/8/09 02:15, Anonymous Newtree said…

    Thanks for a great review of our Alpha chocolate! Glad people find it tasty. greetings from Brussels, Belgium


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