Winter is finally over and it’s almost time to celebrate Easter! Most of us will enjoy some quality time with our family but also indulge ourselves with great food! For those of you who are trying to stay away from the Easter eggs and the roast dinner, good news we have some healthy and tasty alternatives!
Find out about our fitness tips and Easter recipes to maintain your health and weight goals during this festive weekend.
Your healthy Easter menu
Spiced roast chicken with quinoa tabbouleh
Ingredients: (serves: 4 )
- 2 whole pomegranate
- 30g parsley
- 30g coriander – fresh
- 1 whole cucumber(s)
- 8 tomatoes
- 30g mint leaves
- 8 chicken breast (1 breast is 115 g)
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander – ground seed
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 240g quinoa
- 3 broth / stock – vegetable (reduced sodium)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Pat the chicken dry with kitchen paper. Mix the spices and 1/2 tbsp of the olive oil in a bowl, then leave the chicken to marinate in the mixture for 15 minutes.
Cook the quinoa in vegetable stock according to the pack instructions, then leave to cool.
Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken, turning, for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a baking tray and cook in the oven for 16-18 minutes until cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the cooked quinoa, cucumber, tomato, herbs and pomegranate seeds. Divide the tabbouleh among two plates or bowls or Tupperware boxes and top with the roasted chicken breast, sliced.
Hot Cross Bun
Ingredients: (serves: 4 buns )
- 220g Whole wheat flour /whole wheat Spelt
- 50g Oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 125ml milk – skimmed (of your choice of dairy, almond, rice, oat, soy)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp extract – vanilla
- 60ml Olive Oil
- 1 whole egg(s) Egg must be lightly beaten first
- 80g raisins
- 50g Currents
- 1 tsp dried yeast
Preheat your oven to 160 C
Mix together the wholemeal flour, oats, cinnamon, yeast and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.
In a saucepan warm the milk, vanilla and honey just a little until slightly warm, then pour into the mixing bowl along with the egg and oil.
Mix the dough for around 6 minutes until it is smooth and rubbery. Add the dried fruits and mix through.
Cover the bowl with a clean cloth or glad wrap and leave the dough to double in size in a warm place for about 1 hour.
Then take the dough and place onto your work top
Kneed and then shape into 10 rolls.
Cover lightly and allow to rise for another 30 minutes or until double in size.
Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Cool then if you like pipe a cross made from either white or dark chocolate on top.
- Make sure to drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day in addition to other drinks
- Avoid soda or alcoholic beverages, you should not have more than 2 per day
- Eat 5 times a day and don’t skip morning and afternoon snacks. We recommend eating Curves snack bars, fruits, free sugar yogurts or dried fruits. Eating regularly will maintain a steady blood sugar level helping you eat less during the meals.
- If you eat outside try to stay away from bread, sauces, fried dishes and prefer fruits for desserts.
- And remember that 100 Kcal equal a 10 minutes footing