Feeling great: Having a happy, healthy Easter

A guilty pleasure.
A guilty pleasure.

As Easter approaches the annual guilt of gorging on chocolate also looms. And if you take part in Lent, after weeks of giving up your favourite treats, the supermarket shelves are packed with chocolate eggs and everyone’s looking forward to Easter weekend.

But if you’re anything like me, and have the biggest sweet tooth and want to know how you can enjoy Easter AND not do too much damage at the same time, this article is for you.

Do not fear, there are plenty of guilt-free Easter options available that can boost health and offer a feel-good factor too. So you can eat the odd chocolate egg (and enjoy it too) I’ve put together some tips for you on how to keep your health on track over the sweetest weekend of the year.

Let’s get to it - When buying Easter eggs there’s so much choice, it’s hard to know what one to buy.

Lets face it, if you’re wanting to keep it on the healthier side, when buying Easter eggs I try to buy the best quality dark chocolate I can get. By choosing dark chocolate the taste is richer, so you’re likely to consume less.

It also has a lot less sugar than your standard milk chocolate egg, and is packed with minerals like potassium and zinc as well as antioxidants which can help reduce your cholesterol.

So instead of tucking into a sugar packed milk chocolate egg with all the extra frills and candy – Green and Blacks do a very nice dark chocolate selection egg, and there’s even one with burnt toffee, for a healthier treat.

Next, how about making your own so you know exactly what’s going in it? This is actually really simple, and you can add in any flavours you like.

Method: Simply grab a bar of good quality dark chocolate and melt over a pan of boiling water with some coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, and some vanilla extract. Mix well. Then, using the skin of an avocado, place the mixture inside and place in the fridge for a few hours. Then ease out of the skin for a yummy home made treat!

Another healthy tip – keep the chocolate for dessert Tucking into Easter eggs on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar and put you on a hunger and energy level roller coaster ride.

If you have some of your Easter egg for dessert instead, after a balanced meal, you’ll feel a lot more satisfied, and a lot less likely to devour the whole thing.

And lastly, Easter doesn’t have to be all about food like we make it out to be. It’s a nice time to be with family and friends.

Why not cook up a lovely Sunday roast? Paint some hardboiled eggs and hide them in the garden for an Easter egg hunt for the Grandkids and children? Go for a family walk if it’s a sunny day?

You can always put your feet up at the end of a busy Easter Sunday with a bit of chocolate. Chocolate isn’t bad for you, not in moderation.

It’s all about enjoying yourself, and if you’re spending it with family, making the most of the time you have with them! So here’s to a happy Easter, and maybe one of the healthiest ones you’ve had yet!

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