Easter and giving up chocolate don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. Easter eggs, hot cross buns and an entire long weekend full of good food and drink is fun, but for those of us watching what we eat, it can be less relaxing than we would hope. Here’s our top 5 tips for keeping healthy over the Easter break – and yes, you still get to have some chocolate!
1. Eat the chocolate. It’s Easter, after all! Don’t deny yourself a chocolate bunny if you want one. Just be choosy about what type of chocolate you’re eating. There are some delicious sugar free chocolates out there. Otherwise, stick to good-quality dark chocolate, which is lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants than cheaper or milk chocolate. You can also enjoy hot cross buns if you make your own – just replace the sugar in the recipe with Norbu!
2. Preparation is key. Have your favourite healthy snacks on hand so that your only option isn’t the kids’ leftover Easter eggs.
3. Stay active. Tempting though it is to spend the entire Easter break relaxing on the couch, make some time to get outside and get active. Bring the family along for a bike ride or kick of the footy, or use your extra-long weekend to go for a run or hike.
4. Make your own. The best way to avoid hidden sugar? Make it yourself! Our recipe for sugar-free white chocolate is a fun and easy one to make with the kids, and focus on fresh, whole ingredients for your Easter feast and snacks!
5. Write it down. Keeping a food journal will help stop the mindless snacking we all do from time to time. Food diaries have also been found to help people who are trying to lose weight, if that’s your goal.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter!