STAY HEALTHY THIS EASTER WITH THESE EASY WAYS TO AVOID CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD
EASY TRICKS AND TIPS FOR STICKING TO YOUR HEALTH REGIME OVER EASTER
If you have made the decision to be healthier this year or if you’ve been following a healthier lifestyle for a while, the last thing you want is to mess up your regime with too much indulgence at Easter time.
Here are some tips for staying on track while those around you succumb to a choc fest.
You might find yourself sitting around with the family eating and chatting this Easter. It’s lovely to relax but you’re more likely to be tempted to take a sneaky bite out of the kids’ Easter chocolate.
With the cooler Autumn weather, why not schedule in a family walk after lunch? Get out into the fresh air and feel rejuvenated by nature. You can even enlist family and friends into a game of friendly football, frisbie or cricket.
SHARE THE CHOCOLATE
If you think you might feel deprived without a chocolate hit at Easter, consider buying a large fully-laden chocolate gift hamper and sharing the bounty among your loved ones. Alternatively, take it to work and share with your colleagues.
That way you get a little Easter treat but are less likely to go overboard.
Good choices of gift baskets for groups include the Easter Chocolate Hamper
If you are an all or nothing person and need to avoid even the merest whiff of chocolate, there are plenty of gourmet gift hampers available that offer healthy goodies.
Many gift basket services also offer Sugar-Free Hamper selections.
HAVE A HEALTHY TREAT FOR LATER
Sharing a meal and spending time with family and friends is lovely, but it makes it hard to stick to a healthy diet. You may find yourself slipping up and tucking into the chocolate, desserts and hot cross buns.
One way to get around this is to have a tasty but healthy treat waiting for you at home, such as a healthy home-made chocolate mousse (recipe below), an individual small pot of ice-cream or a small bar of sugar-free chocolate. It makes it easier to resist the treats knowing you’ve got something nice to have when you get home.
You could also bring your own food to the party. Perhaps a tasty but healthy salad and your homemade chocolate mousse, or small portion of cheese and crackers. That way, you can still join in with the festivities and you won’t feel you have to compromise your diet.
HEALTHY EASTER CHOC ORANGE MOUSSE
Makes 6 individual mousses
2 ripe avocados
juice of 1 orange
zest of 1 orange
2 dessertspoons maple syrup
2 dessertspoons coconut oil, melted
3 dessertspoons cacao powder (or cocoa)
pinch unrefined sea salt
1. Blend all ingredients together
2. Scoop into individual ramekins
3. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour to set
WATCH THE ALCOHOL
It’s fine to enjoy a nice glass of bubbly or a gin and tonic at Easter time but beware of over-indulging. Not only does alcohol contain calories, you may also lose your resolve to eat healthily.
Make sure you have some healthy non-alcoholic drinks on hand as an alternative, such as coconut water or fizzy kombucha.