Easter eggs with a little less guilt
WHILE Easter eggs can't count as ‘healthy', some are better than others. Here a dietitian with the NHS-backed healthy eating programme secondnature.io suggests some...
MONTEZUMA'S ABSOLUTE BLACK PEANUT BUTTER MINI EGGS
150g, £4.50, amazon.co.uk
Per 100g: Calories, 599; saturated fat, 25g; sugar, 4g; salt, 0.4g
These 100 per cent dark chocolate mini eggs have a peanut butter filling. Dark chocolate can be a good source of antioxidants that have been linked to heart health benefits. Peanuts are a source of ‘good' fats, vital for brain and cardiovascular health. These eggs have just 4g sugar per 100g, and this is naturally occurring, compared to the 56g added sugar per 100g you find in a regular milk chocolate egg.
HOTEL CHOCOLAT 65% SUPERMILK EGG
220g, £15, hotelchocolat.com
Per 100g: Calories, 569; saturated fat, 24.6g; sugar, 26.9g; salt, 0.2g
With less than half the added sugar of a regular milk chocolate egg, a 20g portion should satisfy a chocolate craving. The 10 per cent granola includes dried fruit, nuts and flax seeds, which means you get just over 12g fibre (40 per cent of your recommended daily intake) in half an egg.
BUTLERS FARMHOUSE CHEESEALICIOUS CHEDDAR EGG
120g, £12.99, amazon.co.uk
Per 100g: Calories, 305; saturated fat, 17.8g; sugar, 1.5g; salt, 1.1g
This egg-shaped spreadable cheese is a clever alternative. It contains almost 45 per cent fewer calories than a milk chocolate egg, and just 1.8g of naturally occurring sugar in the whole egg. There's almost twice as much protein, too.
COX & CO RAW CACAO NIBS EASTER EGG
170g, £9.99, amazon.co.uk
Per 100g: Calories, 630; saturated fat, 30g; sugar, 14g; salt, 0g
This is made with 85 per cent dark chocolate with crunchy raw cocoa nibs (pieces of cocoa bean rich in antioxidants). It has three teaspoons of sugar in half an egg; however, the dark chocolate and cocoa nibs give it more fibre and healthy fats than most.
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