How to avoid ruining your diet this Easter

CHOCOLATE, chocolate, chocolate, yes it is everywhere.

Easter can be such a challenge when faced with all those delectable delights everywhere you look. Easter is the worst time for slimmers other than Christmas and can be the reason why some gain weight or give up on their healthy regime. It can be so hard being strong when the chocolate wave is about to hit, with chocolate eggs in the fridge, pantry and laying around on the table. Even the freezer isn't safe.

Are you strong enough to face what is ahead? If you think it will be hard over the holidays to resist I have some tips that may help. I know from my own personal experiences when I was trying to lose weight that Easter doesn't have to send you on a binge eating all the wrong things.

Not only is there chocolate there to tempt you but there is also delicious hot cross buns dripping with butter, so now is the time to increase your motivation and willpower so you can resist. It really is up to you in the end and what attitude you have.  For example you could have the attitude that says "I am not going to let this be my downfall and I will be strong and focused".

Don't let this be the beginning of the end for your weight loss efforts. Be determined and strong and you will feel so proud of yourself.  Decide what is the most important thing for you - to gain weight or lose weight? Remind yourself how well you had been doing and think about past goals and how great you felt about achieving them.

You have to decide right now whether you love food more than you love yourself. You could either work out how many eggs and buns you can have that won't put you over the edge or decide to miss out altogether, but only you can choose what is best for you. Just don't let Easter be the undoing of all you have achieved.

Another idea would be to tell your family that for this year you would rather something else for Easter apart from chocolate such as a massage or a new nail polish. If all else fails then make sure you get back to your healthy regime ASAP and remember nothing tastes as good as the feeling you get when you are slim and healthy.

Happy cooking

Annette

Annette's cookbooks SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1-7 are sold in all good newsagencies. Visit Annette's website at www.symplytoogood.com.au or www.breakfastshakes.com.au You can also join Annette's page at Symply Too Good FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/symplytoogood

Crusted Pork Steak with Apricot Sauce

SERVES: 6
From Symply Too Good To Be True Book 7

CRUST

1½ cups Panko breadcrumbs
⅓ cup onion finely diced
1½ teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)
½ cup dried apricots small diced
½ cup skim milk
2 tablespoons (30g) Flora® Light margarine melted
cooking spray
6 x 150g very lean pork loin steaks
 

SAUCE
1½ cups apricot nectar
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
2 teaspoons salt-reduced chicken stock powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce 43% less salt
1½ tablespoons cornflour

Preheat oven 180º fan forced.

Step 1: Crust: In a medium size mixing bowl, place breadcrumbs, onion, rosemary, garlic and dried apricots, and combine well.

Step 2: Add milk to melted margarine then pour into bowl. Combine ingredients together well, using your hands to mix if needed. Leave to one side.

Step 3: To assemble: Coat a large non-stick frypan with cooking spray then sear pork for 1 minute on each side.

Step 4: Divide bread mixture into 6 equal amounts, then cover each steak with mixture by pressing firmly on top. Place onto a flat baking tray that has been coated with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes or until pork is cooked through.

Step 5: Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a medium size saucepan. Whisk until cornflour is mixed into liquid, place on cooktop and stir continuously until sauce boils.

Variations: Replace pork with 6 x 150g very lean lamb leg steaks or 6 x 150g skinless chicken breasts.

Suitable to be frozen.

DIETITIAN'S TIP: Lean trimmed pork is a healthy source of protein and vitamins, including thiamine, niacin, B6, B12, riboflavin and minerals, selenium, zinc, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

PER SERVE

PORK

LAMB

CHICKEN

FAT   TOTAL

5.1g

6.5g

6.6g

         SATURATED

1.2g

2.1g

1.5g

FIBRE

1.3g

1.3g

1.3g

PROTEIN

37.6g

37.7g

37.4g

CARBS

30.9g

30.9g

30.9g

SUGAR

15.0g

15.0g

15.0g

SODIUM

509mg

503mg

489mg

KILOJOULES

1340 (cals 320)

1392 (cals 333)

1392 (cals 333)

GI RATING

MEDIUM

MEDIUM

MEDIUM


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