With half the calories, you can eat twice as much.
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.
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!
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
- In a large bowl, mix the IsoWhey protein powder, coconut flour, oats, almonds and milk. Set aside.
- 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.
- Put the moulds in the fridge for 20 minutes or until chocolate has set.
- Remove the moulds once set and fill each mold with the protein mixture.
- Once you fill each mould, melt another 3 squares of dark chocolate and smooth over the filling until it is all covered.
- Put the moulds back in the fridge to set (approximately 20 minutes).
- Remove chocolates from Easter egg mold and enjoy!
With Easter just around the corner, it’s so easy to be tempted by all the chocolates lining the supermarket shelves. There’s caramel, strawberry and cream eggs galore, not to mention the bunnies and hollow eggs that you ate for breakfast on Easter Sunday as a child.
Unfortunately, those memories are long gone and we seriously need to consider the sugar, fat and calorie content of treats before tucking in. Binging over Easter can take your body goals off target, as well as adding to your sugar and cholesterol levels and making you feel a bit awful.
Luckily, there are still some little treats that you can indulge in that won’t shoot your calories through the roof, and we’ve sought out the most delicious low calorie Easter chocolate.
2x Cadbury Mini Caramel Eggs = 100 Calories
It may not seem like many, but it will allow you to get rid of that caramel craving quick smart. Two little eggs is just enough to taste the chocolate, but not quite enough to add the unwanted weight. It’s a perfect balance.
1x Cadbury Creme Egg = 172 Calories
The classic Creme egg is a favourite around Easter time. With that deliciously creamy-caramel filling all encased in a Cadbury chocolate egg, it’s a delicious cheat snack for you to indulge in.
Malteser MaltEaster Bunny = 159 Calories
With a crunchy, malty inside, the Malteser bunny is a delicious alternative that keeps your calories in check, but allows a bit of sugary goodness.
Half a box of Cadbury Mini Eggs = 110 Calories
If you have the self control, a little box of Cadbury mini eggs is over two hundred calories. Stop at half the box and leave the rest for another time. Two chocolate cravings sorted in one tiny box.
4x Kinder Mini Eggs = 116 Calories
Relatively new to the shelves, Kinder Mini Eggs are filled with a delicious hazelnut filling. Four little eggs will hit that craving sweet spot.
Kinder Surprise = 111 Calories
Feed your inner child with a Kinder Surprise egg. Even though it’s available all year round, it is often overlooked and passed up for family sized blocks of chocolate. Bring back childhood memories, crack open the egg and see which toy is inside.
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I love baking and even more so eating baked goods, especially brownies. To me, brownies are the slightly more naughty version of muffins, rich and chocolatey, and unfortunately not very good for your bikini body.
However, there is a way to make moist chocolate brownies that won’t leave you feeling guilty as they are under 50 calories a piece. Yes, that’s right, delicious low-calorie brownies. They are flourless, but made with rolled oats, making them the perfect energy-boosting breakfast snack or afternoon treat.
Not only are these brownies tasty, but also very easy to make as you don’t have to worry about weighing the ingredients, just use the same cup for measuring everything.
3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar)
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 200° Celsius. Grease a square, medium sized baking dish and put aside.
- Combine yoghurt, milk, and egg and stir thoroughly. Add cocoa powder, oats, sweetener, baking powder, and salt and stir until everything is blended and you have a smooth batter.
- Pour batter into baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Don’t worry if the brownies are slightly undercooked, they taste even better this way!
- Let cool and cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add ingredients like nuts, raisins, berries, or pretty much whatever you like! It will add a few calories, but it will still be a much healthier brownie than the ones you can get at a supermarket. Happy brownie baking!
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Create a delicious afternoon snack or appetiser by combining healthy salmon and cucumber into bite-sized pieces.
Not only does this recipe take less than 5 minutes to prepare and serve, but it’s also really healthy for the entire family! Serve with your favourite cheese and fresh dill for a truly unique flavour.
3 ounces smoked salmon
1 small bunch fresh dill
4 ounces cream cheese (or any other cheese you prefer)
- Wash, dry, then slice the cucumber into 10 slices. Lay them out onto a large dish, then place some dill to make the first layer.
- Cut your cheese and place it over the dill – it should be nice and thick if you want some body on each cucumber. If you’re using cheese from a tub, spread a generous amount over the dill.
- Finish with 2-3 pieces of smoked salmon. Sprinkle some fresh black pepper over the top for extra flavour.
Image and Recipe via The Pescetarian and The Pig
Do you find yourself frequently skipping breakfast in an effort to save some time in the morning? Creating a breakfast recipe the night before is the best way to manage your time, and keep your stomach full throughout the day.
Although you can add almost anything in your breakfast casserole, we’re keeping this recipe limited to just 300 calories.
4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
4 breakfast turkey sausage links, casings removed, crumbled
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup fat-free milk
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup salsa
- Place the bread in a square baking dish which has just been sprayed with Canola oil (or an other cooking oil which you prefer).
- Cook the sausage and onion over medium heat, then drain the excess liquids and set aside. Lightly crumble the mixture over the bread.
- Combine the milk, egg substitute, and sour cream then stir in the cheese until the mixture is runny. Pour over the meat, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Bake at 325ºF for 35-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Serve with freshly squeezed orange juice if you have the time to squeeze it yourself!
Image and Recipe via Taste of Home, Babble
There is a simple way to watch your weight and still enjoy a sneaky cocktail here and there. Choose drinks which don’t require additional syrup, sugar or salt which could only extend your waistline and lead to unintentional bloating. Next time you’re hosting a get together, keep these four low-calorie cocktails in mind.
Below are just a few simple ways to enjoy a classic cocktail without the extra sugar (and guilt!). What are some of your favourite low-calorie drinks?
Skinny Ginger Mule (98 calories)
Packed with freshly shredded ginger, basil and lime juice, this cocktail is sweet without being too overpowering. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh lime before serving.
Chocolate Peppermint Espresso Martini (130 calories)
A healthy (but still delicious) twist to a classic espresso martini, which uses light vanilla almond milk and unsweetened cocoa powder for a healthier alternative.
Coconut Martini (144 calories)
A delicious serving of white rum, sugar-free coconut syrup, and pineapple juice together with skim milk makes this a guilt-free option. Don’t forgot to top off with a red-cherry!
Classic Margarita (150 calories)
Hold back on the salt, instead embrace a splash of orange, grapefruit and lime juice to make a sweet-tasting beverage. Top off with lots of ice to keep it cool and dilute some of the Reposado (gold) tequila.
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