Keep calm, Easter is coming! Fortunately, the upcoming chocolate fest doesn’t need to bring your healthy eating habits crashing down.
It just wouldn’t be Easter without the taste of creamy chocolate or a yummy hot cross bun. After all, it only comes around once a year! Most of us have fond memories of unwrapping the foil of chocolate eggs as kids.
But, it’s no surprise that as a nation Australians are eating too much sugar. In fact, the latest stats show that the average Aussie eats twice as much sugar than the six-teaspoons-per-day maximum recommended by the World Health Organization. Some of us are consuming close to 40 teaspoons of the white stuff each day.
It will also come as no surprise that many chocolates contain high amounts of sugar – in some chocolates, sugar makes up over 50 per cent of the product. But if you take away the sugar, chocolate can actually be good for you – which is just what you want to hear at Easter! Cocoa, the basic ingredient in chocolate, contains an abundance of flavanols, a group of antioxidants that have many benefits like reducing blood pressure and protecting skin from UV damage. These benefits come from chocolate made with 70 per cent cocoa or more.
So there’s no need to ban the Easter bunny this Easter. Here’s how to enjoy a sweet treat – without the sugar crash!
No one wants to feel deprived at festive social occasions. But keep this mantra in mind – quality over quantity. A small 25g portion (about four small squares) provides around 560kJ (134cal), a smart number of kilojoules for a sweet treat.
Dark chocolate with more than 70 per cent cocoa mass is a healthier choice as it’s highest in flavanols. It has a stronger, slightly more bitter taste than your average choc treat. By contrast, your regular dairy milk chocolate contains only around 20 per cent cocoa mass, while white chocolate has none at all.
Lose the sugar
Love chocolate but trying to cut down on sugar? There’s a whole array of new sugar-free chocolates on the market, but not all have the same deliciously creamy taste as regular chocolate. That’s why we love Well Naturally No Sugar Added Chocolate. It uses a natural, plant-based sweetener called stevia in place of sugar and is available in both milk and dark chocolate (made with 70 per cent cocoa) in a range of flavours and sizes. Our personal favourite is the new Coconut Delight, which tastes delicious. You’ll love the combination of creamy milk chocolate packed full of toasted coconut pieces. Find Well Naturally No Sugar Added Chocolate in the health food aisle of Woolworths and Coles and at independent retailers. Now you can enjoy your happiest and healthiest Easter yet!