HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO YOUR FAVOURITE EASTER EGG
13 Mar 2018
Easter is time of indulgence, when we’re surrounded by that temptation of “just one more small Easter egg,” but this constant availability and temptation can add up to a substantial amount of extra calories over a few days.
To help you keep you on track with your health journey, we’ve broken down the calories in these treats and explain how much exercise would be required to burn a serving off and reach an equilibrium. We also offer a few healthier options so you don’t need to feel deprived or left out – in fact, they’re so good they’re sure to be a favorite among your family, too.
1 x 10g Lindt Bunny or two small Lindor Mini Eggs = 56 calories = about a 1km run
1 x 100g Lindt Bunny = 600 calories= a 10km run
1 x 50g serving Mister Sweet Speckled Eggs = 226 calories = about 20 minutes of vigorous cycling/spinning
1 x 17g Beacon Marshmallow Egg = 69 calories = about 12 minutes of Rebounding
1 x 25g Beacon White Easter Egg = 160 calories = about 16 minutes of non-stop Burpees (basically, torture!)
HOW TO CHOOSE HEALTHIER OPTIONS
There are 14 teaspoons of sugar in just one small Easter egg, which isn’t good news for your waistline or your health. Here’s how to make a healthier choice:
•Dark chocolate is always your best option when choosing a healthier alternative. AT least 70% cocoa means there’s less room for added sugar and fat, but remember to always check the label before buying. Dark chocolate also offers the added benefit of being packed with antioxidants, which have been positively correlated with disease prevention.
•Lets be real, it’s going to be near impossible to convince your little one to only eat one Speckled Egg when they know there’s a whole packet available, so opt for dark chocolate (you’ll be surprised, many children actually prefer bitter tastes) or choose smaller serving sizes of milk chocolate such as Lindor Mini Egg or one Marshmallow Egg – once it’s gone it’s gone and there just isn’t any more in the house.
•Look for the product with the fewest ingredients – additives, flavourings and colourings are unnecessary and are just bulking up your treat and replacing the good stuff.
MY FAVOURITE ALTERNATIVES
I love these options because they offer a substantial serving size that really satisfies your chocolate craving and also contain less sugar and dairy than conventional options.
•Lindt Mild 70% has all the indulgence with less bitterness and comes in at 200 calories for 40 grams or four squares.
•Noble Choice offers 229 calories for a 42 gram service, which is almost half the bar!
•Gayleen’s Decadence, which has the added benefit of raw honey and cacao, comes in at 215 calories per 40g serving.