Top Tips for a Healthy Easter
Just before you check out our suggestions, here’s some news that might cheer you up. Recent research has shown that chocolate may not be as bad for our health as we once thought. In fact, small amounts may even be good for us. The cocoa bean is a good source of natural plant substances called flavonoids, which sound unpleasant, but can actually help keep the heart healthy and reduce the risk of diseases. Chocolate is also a reasonable source of some nutrients we need in our diet like calcium and magnesium.
BUT, and this is a big ‘but’ which is why it’s in capital letters, we’re not giving you the green light to go chocolate crazy. Chocolate is high in calories and there’s no getting away from it, so to help you control your urges this Easter, here are some helpful tips from us to consider.
TIP 1 – GO FOR A LESS FAT FILLING
Not all Easter eggs are filled with more chocolates, so ask for one that’s got fruit sweets inside, as these are a lot lower in calories.
TIP 2 – INDULGE YOUR DARK SIDE
Insist on a plain chocolate egg, which is more heart-healthy than milk chocolate. The more intense flavour will satisfy your taste buds quicker too, so you won’t munch as much.
TIP 3 – TREATS YOU CAN’T EAT
Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs y’know. Books, DVDs and CDs, soft toys, a basket of fruit, a bunch of flowers, all make excellent Easter gifts..
TIP 4 – GET OUT THERE
Instead of spending time indoors eating chocolate, head for the park, the zoo, the seaside, anything that gets you out and about and active. Even a spot of gardening will do you some good. The weather should be a little brighter and warmer, so make the most of it.
TIP 5 – CHILL IT
Chilled chocolate will last longer in the mouth, which means you’ll eat less of it, so keep your chocolate eggs in the fridge.
TIP 6 – DON’T LARGE IT, SMALL IT.
It’s not a competition to see who can give or receive the biggest chocolate egg, so if someone is treating you, make sure you ask them for a small one.
TIP 7 – DON’T OVERBUY
Because supermarket shelves are packed with Easter eggs from the end of January onwards, it’s all too easy to buy more than you need. So don’t.
TIP 8 – EASTER FEASTS THAT AREN’T CHOCOLATE
Try a hot cross bun with diet-friendly low fat spread or low fat cream cheese. And if the weather’s ok, have a barbecue with turkey steaks, lean meat or fish, accompanied by wholegrain bread and salad.
TIP 9 – GO ON A REAL EASTER EGG HUNT
This is a great way to get all the family outdoors and into the garden. As well as hiding chocolate eggs, you can also hide painted hard-boiled eggs or soft toy bunnies and chicks. And to keep everyone outdoors, you could hold your own egg and spoon race.