Easter isn’t typically known as a healthy time of year. In fact, quite the opposite: big roast dinners, lots of chocolate, and maybe a few too many drinks are the order of the day.
We’re not here to be party poopers, but we thought up some quick tips to keep your body happy while you celebrate with friends and family:
- We won’t even try to tell you to avoid chocolate completely this Easter, but why not try dark chocolate instead of the usual milk? To reap the benefits of dark chocolate, choose a bar with 70 percent or more cocoa content. This will mean there is less sugar and less milk added to the bar, therefore reducing the calories. Cocoa is also proven to reduce blood pressure and the risk for coronary heart disease. The rich bitter taste to the chocolate also means it satisfies cravings more quickly, meaning you’ll end up eating less of it.
- For a tasty desert, pouring some melted dark chocolate over fruit – strawberries, bananas and grapes are some of our favourites. For a bit of extra crunch and protein, throw in some chopped nuts. Yum!
- Make your own Easter eggs and fill them with a good quality peanut butter. Simply dip balls of peanut butter into melted dark chocolate and leave to cool and set, then enjoy! By doing this you can control your portions while having a great treat and sticking to your diet!
- Keep up the bunny-theme with carrots. They’re a great snack – healthy and filling. Try a houmous dip for flavour or even a wasabi paste if you like a bit of a kick!