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Sugar-Free Alternatives to Easter Eggs

With Easter on the horizon, temptation is everywhere. The shop shelves are lined with inviting boxes containing indulgent chocolate eggs. In fact, according to our study with the Food Foundation, 50 percent of an average shopping bill goes on ultra-processed foods like chocolate. Don’t worry, though, we’re here to help!
Here are some amazing sugar-free alternatives to Easter eggs.

Bliss balls

Hordes of healthy-eating gurus have gone ballistic for bliss balls. These little spheres of goodness are both fructose and refined sugar-free, offering a chocolaty dose of sweetness with none of the potential harm. They incorporate ingredients such as raw cacao powder, nut butter and cinnamon: full of body-nourishing nutrients. To get your guilt-free fix for Easter, why not try Sarah Wilson’s bliss ball recipe and mould them into egg shapes?

Sugar-free rabbit biscuits

The joy of biscuits is that they can take the shape of absolutely anything you want. All you need is a mould and your favourite recipe, which doesn’t have to be sugar-laden! There are countless options if you’re looking to substitute Easter eggs for something kinder to your body. Take this gingerbread by Deliciously Ella, or her chocolate and chia cookies, add a rabbit-shaped biscuit mould, and you’re ready to bake up a storm.

Houmous

For a looser take on the Easter theme, why not tuck into some veg when you start craving sugary treats? Things like carrot sticks taste delicious with homemade houmous: a really flavoursome snack that will put any thoughts of Easter eggs to the back of your mind.
There is no end to the things you can add to houmous, but these recipes are some of the simplest and tastiest to get your teeth into:
‘Skinny’ homemade houmous by Jamie Oliver.
Creamy harissa houmous by Áine Carlin, of Pea Soup Eats.
Warming Cajun houmous by Alissa, of Connoisseurs Veg.

Homemade sugar-free Easter eggs

There’s no reason why you can’t still eat Easter eggs if you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake. All you need to do is buy yourself an Easter egg mould and track down a winning recipe. We think we’ve found just the one: sugar-free chocolate peanut butter Easter eggs, by Sugar-Free Mom.
Filled with delicious, all-natural peanut butter, this alternative take on an Easter favourite will give you the sweet fix you need to see you through sugar abstinence.

Actual eggs

Who says Easter eggs have to be made of chocolate? Actual eggs are more nutritious, delicious and endlessly versatile. Treat yourself to an extra special Easter omelette to stave off sugar cravings, or start the day right with a plate of poached eggs and avocado on toast. In fact, this simple yet wonderful food can be utilised in a range of different ways. One of the best things about eggs, however, is that they’re a low GI food, releasing energy slowly, throughout the day, to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

You see, there are plenty of alternatives to Easter eggs if you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. Why not try some of them and let us know how you get on? We might even make the pledge ourselves!

Sources:

http://www.sarahwilson.com/2012/03/how-to-navigate-easter/
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/six-best-alternatives-traditional-easter-2046081
http://www.peasoupeats.com/
http://deliciouslyella.com/
http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/