FOR many Easter often means too many eggs, hot cross buns and family feasts - which we unfortunately pay the price for well beyond the long weekend.
However, Easter is actually the ideal time to swap carb laden dishes for tasty low-carb meals.
"Contrary to popular believe, Easter is an ideal time for low-carb eating, particularly with plenty of sumptuous seafood on top of the menu.
"With a little pre-planning and some savvy switch-outs the whole family will love, you can finish the holiday without feeling heavy," said Colette Heimowitz, vice-president of Nutrition and Education at Atkins Nutritionals.
Follow these simple swaps to get set for a scrumptious Easter which won't wreak havoc on your waistline.
These easy low-carb Easter recipes might soon become family favourites:
Atkins Easter Buns
Makes 8 buns, 5.7g of carbs per bun
¾ cup (72 grams) almond flour
¼ cup (57 grams) coconut flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup almond milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 Atkins Endulge Milk Chocolate bar
Method: Pre-heat oven to 175°C and line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. Sieve the almond flour and coconut flour into a mixing bowl. Add the baking soda, salt, spices and grated orange peel, and half the Atkins chocolate bar chopped into small pieces and combine. Add the eggs and almond milk and mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 even parts. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls. Place the balls of mixture onto the lined baking tray and squash down gently to flatten the base of each ball. Using a knife, carve a cross (about ½ centimetre deep) in the top of each bun. Create slivers from the remainder of the Atkins bar, and place these into the carved lines to create chocolate crosses. Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a bun comes out clean. Enjoy fresh out of the oven. Or, if the buns have cooled, cut in half and lightly toast on a sandwich press to warm. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place.
Atkins low-carb chocolate Mousse
Serves 4, 3.5g of carbs per serve
120ml double cream
1 tsp stevia (or your choice of sweetener)
½ tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Method: Place double cream in a blender, followed by stevia, vanilla essence and cocoa powder, blend until light and fluffy.
Spoon mixture evenly into four glasses or ramekins, and top with your choice of berries - just be sure to add them to the carb count! Serve and enjoy.
ABOUT ATKINS: the original low-carb eating approach, the Atkins program has been scientifically reformulated as the Atkins Nutritional Approach - an easy to follow, flexible four-phased program that helps followers build a diet around whole foods rich in vitamins and 'good carbohydrates' including low sugar fruits, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, dairy, good fats and protein (fish, poultry, red meat and tofu) - while at the same time eliminating highly processed carbs such as white flour (white bread, white pasta) and sugar.