I love Creme Eggs.
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dairy free, vegan
Like I LOVE them.
They’re gooey, sweet, messy and only hang around for a few weeks of the year.
Due to the high fat and sugar content I decided to create my own healthier version.
A standard Creme Egg has about 150 calories, 9 grams of fat & 24g carbs.
My version (although smaller in size) are 90 calories with 6 grams of fat & 8g carbs.
The following recipe makes 10 small eggs.
You will need:
1 block of dairy free dark chocolate
1/2 block dairy free white chocolate
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 drops yellow food colouring.
Melt the dark chocolate block in a bowl over some simmering water & once melted brush the chocolate into egg moulds of your choice. I bought these for $8 from Woolworths.
Refrigerate until firm- about 40 minutes.
While awaiting your chocolate to set you can begin making your ‘Creme’.
Repeat the melting of chocolate, this time with half a block of white chocolate & the tablespoon of coconut oil.
Once melted and thoroughly mixed pour a third of the mixture into a small bowl & mix with the two drops of food colouring. This will will be your ‘yolk’.
Leave the rest of the mixture to be used as the egg ‘white’. Let these sit at room temperature.
Pop out your chocolate eggs, once hardened and use some of the left over chocolate to join them together. Leave a small hole either at the side or on one of the ends so the Creme can be inserted.
Refrigerate again until set.
Using a small knife-tip push about half a teaspoon of the ‘yolk’ into the small hole, followed by a teaspoon of the ‘white’. Seal with a dab of dark chocolate and return to the fridge until sealed.
Continue until all your eggs are completed.
Enjoy the eggs at room temperature, & they needn’t be refrigerated.
Light, protein packed and vegan.
Tofu is so versatile & is available in many forms. Silken Tofu is ideal for scrambling.
Dice a pack of silken tofu and cook in a fry pan for a couple of minutes.
Add half a jar of salsa of your choice and cook for five minutes.
Add herbs & spices of your choice and then sprinkle with cheese. I used Cheezly vegan cheese.
Serve with salad or on toast. I paired it with a pulse salad that I’d picked up from Woolworths. Nutritious, and easy to make, this could be thrown together for any meal.
Simply Natalie Laura
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Enjoyed a late night snack & soy chai latte with a friend a couple of nights ago in Wantirna South. The Coffee Club have a decent menu (pricey), and list the kilojoules (kjs) on their menu. It’s a great help if you’re counting or restricting intake.
Kilojoules (metric equivalent to calories) & calories are a measurement of energy, if you’re looking to lose weight, counting them can be a huge help. Burn more calories than what you’re intaking. Simple, right? Not always.
Some meals can be in excess of 500 calories, if you’re looking to slim down it’s recommended that you stick between 1,200 & 1,500 calories per day, depending on your needs. Figuring out the caloric value of your foods prior to eating can allow you to make better food choices, and help to stay within your limits.
I decided upon a Walnut, Beetroot & Feta Salad with snow peas & spinach. Delicious, light & a perfect low calorie choice. It was better than nachos, fries or a burger. Assessing what’s actually in the meal, what benefit you’re getting from the food & how you’re going to feel after, tends to make choices that bit easier.
To convert kilojoules into calories (it’s much easier to work with smaller numbers) divide the kilojoules by 4.2.
This will give you the calorie value of a kilojoule listing.
The above salad set me back 262 calories or 1,100 kilojoules.
It’s always a good idea to view the menu of the place you’re planning on eating at before visiting. This way you can get an idea of the variety of their foods and find out if they cater for any dietary needs.
Using apps such as My Fitness Pal can also come in handy when menus don’t contain calorie counts & can be used to gauge your consumption, and keep your fats, carbs and proteins in check.
The app also keeps record of your exercise too, this way you can actually see in real time how you’re tracking for the day & keep tabs on your weightloss.
My Fitness Pal is free on your App Store.