With Easter just around the corner, here is a quick guide to enjoying the festive season in moderation while still being healthy.
Try dark chocolate
Dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content and is a better option than the popular milk and white chocolate version because chocolate in its raw form, is packed with antioxidants, calcium and potassium. It has also been reported to lower blood pressure and decrease the appetite. Try to find a 60 or 70 per cent cocoa Easter egg, it will have less sugars and saturated fats.
Decorate real eggs
Instead of over-buying chocolate Easter eggs, get creative and decorate your own – they’ll look better and you can have fun doing it! Check out this link on Parentmap.com for 15 good dyeing and decorating ideas.
The Easter egg hunt
The Easter egg hunt is one of the most joyous parts of Easter for children. Traditionally, it has been to find chocolate eggs but why not hide; decorated eggs, Easter themed toys such as bunnies or even a bunny snack-pack full of carrots, broccoli sticks, capsicum and celery, fruit kebabs dipped in melted dark chocolate, whole grain hot cross buns, bunny ear headbands or Easter books.
It isn’t just eggs
Keep eating healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, fish, lean meats, legumes nuts, seeds, dairy and whole grains during the Easter break. Make the most of the public holidays and enjoy each other’s company by switching off from technology for a little bit, why not take time to prepare and enjoy healthy meals with friends and family.
Fun Easter meal recipes
Fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, it’s perfect for Good Friday or any other day. If you want to try something a little different with fish, we found this fun and healthy fish burger on taste.com.au. Other themed ideas are fish fillets with maple glazed carrots, Easter chick devilled eggs and Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips. Have plenty of tasty healthy foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for the Easter eggs when hungry.
Keep Easter to four days
The Easter weekend is four days long, so keep your festivities to those four days and return to normal eating as soon as possible. Make yourself a rule that once Tuesday arrives, you will not eat another Easter egg and keep to it. Share leftover eggs with friends, family and work colleagues – they shouldn’t last long!