Healthy-alternatives

Strawberry Filled Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

It’s easy to overindulge during the Easter break, but with these dark chocolate Easter eggs you won’t have to feel guilty for having one too many.

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Provided by fitness guru Lauren Hannaford, the recipe is made with healthy substitutes including protein powder, oats and coconut flour and are covered with sugar-free dark chocolate, meaning they’re super low in calories, too!

Serves 10

Ingredients

1/4 cup IsoWhey Strawberry Smoothie protein powder

2 tbsp coconut flour

1/4 cup ground oats

1/4 cup ground almonds

1/2 cup milk (or milk substitute)

55g (6 squares) of sugar-free 70 per cent cocoa dark chocolate

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix the IsoWhey protein powder, coconut flour, oats, almonds and milk. Set aside.
  2. Melt 3 squares of chocolate and divide it between 10 egg moulds (use ice cube tray if necessary). Smooth chocolate around the edges of the mould so it covers all the sides and the bottom.
  3. Put the moulds in the fridge for 20 minutes or until chocolate has set.
  4. Remove the moulds once set and fill each mold with the protein mixture.
  5. Once you fill each mould, melt another 3 squares of dark chocolate and smooth over the filling until it is all covered.
  6. Put the moulds back in the fridge to set (approximately 20 minutes).
  7. Remove chocolates from Easter egg mold and enjoy!
April 4, 2015

Snack Yourself Skinny

With so many weight-loss programs out there, it can be hard to determine what’s right for your body. And sometimes even when you think you’re eating healthy, you’re still consuming more calories than you burn. New research has revealed that the average person unknowingly consumes 800 calories a day from snacking – that’s nearly the equivalent of two meals. So how can you keep track of your snack intake and still maintain regular eating habits?

“Often when we graze between meals we make the mistake of opting for calorie laden foods, rather than making nutritious choices,” says Sheila Zhou, expert Scientist at USANA. “Not only does this hinder our body’s ability to properly process the food; it often also results in weight gain from the additional calorie consumption.”

To help you shed those unwanted snacking kilos, Sheila has provided us with her top five low-calorie alternatives:

  1. Think fishy

Tuna is a great snack that is packed full of nutrients and will keep you feeling full. “Not only is it stacked with protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids, its ability to curb your craving leads to a flatter stomach,” says Sheila. Also, with so many different tuna flavours now available, it’s easy to mix it up on a daily basis.

  1. Play it cool

We’re usually advised to avoid frozen foods when it comes to eating healthy, but Sheila insists snap frozen vegetables such as peas and corn are a great source of nutrition: “The combination of low calorie density and high levels of fibre means they are both a filling and satisfying snack.” So next time you feel that 3pm hunger strike coming on, do your waistline a favour and zap yourself a sachet of frozen mixed vegetables.

  1. Go nutty

Nuts are a fuss-free, vitamin rich snack. Packed with vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium, they are a great source of protein and fibre and are low in sugar, insists Sheila. If you’re not a fan of eating plain almonds or walnuts, then opt for a nut bar. Always be sure to check the label, however – some of these nutty treats can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar!

  1. Pull the udder one

While some eating plans limit, if not eliminate the consumption of dairy, Sheila says milk is the perfect snack: “Not only is it loaded with calcium and vitamin D, its high protein content means you stay full for longer than most other drinks.”

  1. Pop it

Now you can have your popcorn and eat it too. With only 20 calories per cup, Sheila says natural popcorn is a relatively healthy low-GI snack. “The fibre from whole grains help you to feel full on fewer calories, meaning you consume less food overall,” she insists. So next time you’re at the movies, why make your own popcorn or stop by the supermarket to pick up a natural alternative.

 

Image Via Motive Nutrition

February 18, 2015