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WW blog: How to get your chocolate fix this Easter (plus a carrot cake recipe for 6 SmartPoints)

How to crack Easter and stay on track.

Hi, I’m Amy otherwise known as @amys_ww_diary on Connect and Instagram. I’m taking over the blog this week to tell you how to crack Easter, even if you’re a chocoholic like me!

 

Temptation all year round

 

No sooner have we navigated our way through the excesses of Christmas (some of us refusing to be swayed by the endless tubs of chocolates and mince pies, and some of us diving head first into the Christmas pudding) than Easter looms on the horizon.

The supermarket shelves are positively groaning with the weight of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and chocolate cakes. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! And of course, the BOGOF and 3 for 2 offers make them seem even more appealing. Apparently, sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of the UK’s chocolate spend for the whole year – no wonder shops start displaying Easter goodies as early as February!

I know that some of you don’t have that sweet tooth and it can be easier for you to avoid the temptation. I even know some people who can eat one piece of chocolate and put the rest of the bar back in the cupboard (I have never done that in my life). But, for those of us with an insatiable taste for creamy, sugary, melt-in-the-mouth confectionary we are going to need a plan to help us get through Easter.

carrot cake recipe easter

 

I asked my Workshop buddies for their top tips...

 

A quick poll of the lovely WW members at my local Wellness Workshop revealed some top tips.

If you don’t have young children…
Those without young children at home simply prefer to avoid temptation completely. Just don’t buy Easter eggs or other goodies. If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it. 

If you have young family members to buy for…
If you have grandchildren or nieces and nephews to buy for, make sure you take their chocolate goodies straight around to their house. This avoids the old ‘oops I ate it, now I need to replace it’ scenario. Who’s been there?!

If you don’t want to miss out…
If you want to take a more relaxed approach, one of my fellow members breaks her Easter eggs into 4 SmartPoint® portions, bags them up and puts them in the freezer. She allows herself a bag of chocolate egg pieces when she wants one, all tracked on the WW app. Plus, it lasts longer as it literally has to melt-in-the-mouth. 

 

I made an Easter egg last four weekends!

 

I remember two Easters ago, I was kindly given the biggest Easter egg I have ever seen. It was from a top high street store and must have cost a fortune. It would have felt rude to not accept it and of course there was no need to: I knew I could enjoy it as part of a balanced lifestyle. I just needed to make sure I wasn’t tempted to mindlessly nibble on it constantly throughout the day. 

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I hid the egg in the wardrobe in the spare bedroom, so it was ‘out of sight and out of mind’ and ceremoniously brought it out on Saturday evening after I had weighed in. I would use my Weeklies for this treat and it was well worth it!

It actually lasted me four weekends. Previously it would have been gone in one hit, and I’d have taken a hit on the scales, which at the time, wouldn’t have been worth it as I was working hard to slowly and steadily achieve a 50lbs weight loss.

 

I ask people not to buy me an Easter egg

 

Now, I ask people not to buy me an Easter Egg because I have two boys, Rhys (9) and Ryan (3).  The Easter Bunny always visits them and is extremely generous, so one way or another, the house is always full of chocolate, sweets and other goodies high in SmartPoints at Easter. 

carrot cake recipe easter

I tell myself that their Easter eggs are theirs, not mine, and the guilt of stealing candy from a baby makes me keep my mitts off their stash (for the most part!). If I am tempted, I find it easier to stay on track if I swap a nibble of an Easter egg (that is bound to lead to me scoffing the whole thing and using my SmartPoints as well as next door’s) for a smaller item like a Cadbury Creme Egg for 9 SmartPoints. 

You can also have a Malteser’s Mini Bunny for 3 SmartPoints. Or how about changing it up with a Cadbury Creme Egg Ice Cream Cone for 8 SmartPoints?  They’re portion controlled, you can track them on the WW app and they’ll give you that chocolate fix without going over your SmartPoints allowance.

CHECK OUT: SmartPoints-friendly chocolate dessert recipes

 

Tap into the world of support at WW

 

And don’t forget, if you do go off track this Easter, the best thing to do is to draw a line under it and move on. Start afresh the next day. Prep your meals, hydrate, schedule in some exercise and stick to your SmartPoints allowance.

Access all the support at your fingertips on Instagram, the WW website, Connect (within the WW App), Facebook and of course your Wellness Workshops. And don’t worry, it’s another six months before the Christmas chocs hit the shelves again!

 

Carrot Cake Baked Oat Muffins Recipe (6 SmartPoints)

 

Maybe there’s such a thing as too much chocolate at Easter? I love my baked oats any time of the year, but last Easter I really enjoyed making this carrot cake version of my usual baked oats recipe. I’ll definitely be making them again this year, and here’s the recipe in case you want to as well.

carrot cake recipe easter

Ingredients:

  • 40g oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 extra egg white
  • A splash of milk
  • 1 tsp natural sweetener
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • A pinch of baking powder
  • 1 small carrot, topped, tailed and finely grated.
  • 15g sultanas

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200° Celsius.
  • Place all the ingredients together in a large mug or bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are incorporated and mixed well.
  • Spoon into lined muffin tins, ceramic bakeware or silicone moulds. I love using my Easter Themed Silicone Moulds for fun. 
  • Bake in the oven for around 20mins, until they are firm but springy. Allow to cool before removing from the tins or moulds. 
  • Baked oats will stay fresh for up to a week in a sealed container, in the fridge. They are great for breakfast, as a snack, served hot (30 seconds in the microwave) or cold. 

If you want to add a touch of luxury, for an extra 3 SmartPoints you can beat 30g extra light cream cheese with 10g icing sugar and swirl it over the baked oat muffins. A few strands of grated carrot on top will make them totally Instagrammable!