Healthy advice on how to enjoy yourself over Easter without sacrificing your waistline.
So you can eat the odd chocolate egg (and enjoy it too) we asked the experts for tips on how to keep your health on track over the sweetest weekend of the year.
Don’t bulk buy. Only buy a small amount of good quality chocolate, rather than lots of poor quality chocolate. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants, so chocolate with 60+ percent cocoa is a good option.
Keep chocolate for dessert. Eating Easter eggs on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar levels and put you on a hunger and energy level roller coaster. Make sure you eat Easter eggs after having a protein-based and high fiber meal.
Share your sweets. If you have an abundance of chocolate, don’t leave it lying around the house to tempt you. Share them around with friends, family or work colleagues.
Small is smart. Here’s some good news for chocaholics – recent US research found healthy people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower BMI than those who don’t eat it at all. But the key is having small amounts. A big Easter bunny can have as many as 1075 calories, whereas the small hollow eggs only have about 72 calories. Go for smaller eggs and savor the flavor.
Stock your fridge. Have plenty of delicious healthy foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for the Easter eggs. Find healthy substitutes to chocolate that still satisfy your sweet cravings. Use cocoa powder to make hot chocolate or smoothies or make fruit kebabs to dip in melted dark chocolate.
Give in to your cravings. Easter is a special occasion and it is okay to eat some chocolate. Studies have proven that if you deny your food cravings, you are more likely to overindulge.
Monitor your food. Stop mindless snacking over Easter by keeping a food diary – a US study found people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records.
Build a calorie bank. Try to exercise every day over Easter to balance out the consumption of extra calories. The more fuel you burn off via exercise, the more it will counterbalance the extra input. Get the whole family involved by going for a bike ride, or a beach walk and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!