The problem with most bootcamps is that at the final weigh in you appear to have lost six or seven pounds but, in reality, the Big Mac you scoff on the way home because you’re starving puts most of it back on. Truth is you’ve lost hundreds of pounds, because you’ve learned nothing. Last summer, I stayed at The Rou Estate in Corfu, above, with Health Matters 360. It’s a spa company that takes a more integrated approach to wellbeing so it delves into the psychological reasons why you may overeat and its inspiring mind matters coach Janice Haddon teaches tricks to improve your will power and develop a more positive attitude towards food, fitness and relationships.
Yeah stuff that, it’s Easter. We want to gorge on chocolate. The good news is we can. Health Matters 360′s nutritionist, Jenny Tschiesche, gave me this brilliant recipe for a healthy chocolate mousse. Yes you read that right, healthy and chocolate in the same sentence for the first time in living memory. It does this by using avocado. Yep, you read that right too. When I mentioned this to a friend, she pulled such a face that I feared I must have said it uses aborted foetuses by mistake. Hello – I said avocado not afterbirth, and it is incredibly good for you, gives you a glowing complexion and this mousse is delicious… Okay I’ll be honest, maybe not quite as light as the real thing but definitely more delicious than a spotted dick. Give it a go, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, I was.
AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
4 ripe avocados
1 cup Sweet Freedom (a natural sugar available from Waitrose)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure cacao powder (I don’t feel it needs quite so much chocolate so add little by little, see what you think)
Chop the avocados into small pieces, combine with the other ingredients and blend in a food processor until smooth. That’s it. Simples. Eat, pray, feel smug.