Let’s be honest, Easter eggs are never going to be the healthiest thing you put in your mouth, but to help you hold on to your gains, even at what is probably the chocolatiest time of year, we’ve rounded up the healthy easter egg options that are out there.
What is the healthiest Easter egg?
We understand that health means different things to everyone, so we caught up with Consultant Dietitian Ro Huntriss (@dietitianro) to get her views.
'We should absolutely enjoy treats like chocolate without guilt. A good rule to live by is the 80:20 rule, whereby we eat and live healthily 80% of the time, and allow ourselves to eat the less nutritious food that we enjoy the other 20%. This ratio isn’t set in stone, if a 90:10 or a 75:25 works better for you, then follow that.'
If you’re feeling particularly health-conscious this Easter, here are four things you can look out for...
1. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is richer in iron and antioxidants than milk chocolate and is lower in sugar too. Because of the rich flavour, people tend to eat dark chocolate in smaller quantities, ultimately lowering the total amount consumed.
2. Cacao nibs
Made from cocoa beans, this nutritious product is low in sugar and full of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in the diet as they can help to protect against oxidative stress, so can protect our cells from damage.
3. Look at portion sizes
It might sound obvious, but it’s a simple fact! If you’re watching your calories or like to count your macros but still want to enjoy an Easter treat, just go for a smaller Easter egg. You’ll still get all the chocolatey pleasure!
The “free-from” world is getting better each year, with far more choices available for those limiting dairy. With more people opting to go plant-based, and for those that may not be able to tolerate dairy, a dairy-free or vegan Easter egg could be a great option for you.
How we test
Our panel of 10 Easter bunnies tested 42 Easter eggs for 2021, looking for the tastiest treats. We then whittled that down and cherry-picked the very healthiest options for you.
This deliciously dark raw cacao egg is sprinkled with highly nutritious cacao nibs, rich in antioxidants. As you’d expect, this one’s pretty rich, so a little goes a long way, but our testers were impressed with how fruity it tasted. We also fully approve of the eco-friendly packaging too.
We’re used to adding a spoonful of almond butter to our brekkie, but our Easter egg? That’s exactly what Doisy & Dam has done with its nuttercups, which we think are the ultimate afternoon pick-me-up. The egg itself is made from vegan-friendly single-origin Colombian dark chocolate, and the whole lot is free from gluten, wheat, artificial flavours and preservatives.
At first glance this egg looks super dark but cocoa butter makes it surprisingly creamy. Taking inspiration from the Tate Modern’s modernist design, this striking egg has little green dots all over to denote the refreshing Tasmaniann mint oil it has been infused with. Suitable for vegans.
Proving that an egg free from dairy, gluten, eggs and nuts is every bit as delicious as its traditional counterpart, is NOMO (which stands for No One Misses Out). Crunchy rice krispie pieces convincingly replace nuts, and the chocolate was impressively smooth.
Whether cutting out dairy for ethical reasons or physical (bye, bye acne), we still want a creamy chocolate fix. Clever new brand HiP replaces whole milk with oat, which gives this egg a slightly nutty dimension. It’s combined with tiny salted caramel shards and comes in plastic-free packaging. And the man behind the brand? It’s James Cadbury, the great-great-great grandson of Mr Cadbury himself, so we reckon he knows what he’s doing.
Who doesn’t love the taste of Terry’s Chocolate Orange — but it’s no surprise that it’s not particularly healthy. Don’t worry though because we’ve found this gluten-free, vegan option that is! It contains all-natural ingredients including sweet crispy orange, and comes with a bar of the same flavour on the side. Plus, all packaging is fully recyclable, for the eco-conscious among you.
Young or old, you can’t help but smile at Happi’s friendly monster. The creamy dino eggshell is made with single-origin, direct-trade Colombian chocolate and has been infused with natural orange oil for a delicious indulgence.
For the dark chocolate connoisseurs, allow us to introduce Chococo’s exquisite egg made from rich cocoa. It follows an ocean theme that we think David Attenborough would approve of, and inside you’ll find secret chocolate sea creatures in the shell. It’s also pleasingly plastic-free.
Dark chocolate can be a little bitter, but that’s not the case with Lindt’s sweet 70% Easter egg. It also comes with flavoured mini bars and a guide suggesting the best coffee, tea and wine to go with each.
Before you go trying to add this to your smoothie, we’ll confess, it’s not technically a strawberry. However, it is made with real fruit, as well as delicious vegan-friendly 70% dark chocolate and there's no mistaking the berry flavour. We reckon that’s enough to qualify it as one of your five-a-day over the Easter weekend.
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