The best approach for a healthier Easter: shift your focus to the meaning of Easter and the nonfood traditions behind the holiday. Then, once you’re looking at the bigger picture — not just candy-filled Easter baskets — you can figure out how to get the best out of your “Easter Eggs.”
Plan for Sweets
Make smarter choices elsewhere in the day to allow for a small splurge later. Remember, Easter is only one day so try to only indulge on those chocolate eggs on Sunday and not ruin the rest of the week! Some chocolate can be good for you but try buying small, individually wrapped chocolate eggs and avoid the giant chocolate bunnies, no matter how cute they are.
Break an Egg
One of the big heart myths is that eggs contain harmful cholesterol. However, eggs aren’t a problem unless they are fried in oil or loaded up with cheese. For a filling and healthy start to your day try a boiled, poached or scrambled egg loaded with fresh vegetables.
Don’t Come to Dinner Hungry
Try snacking on some of those colorful hard-boiled eggs you may have made earlier — one large egg has around 76 calories. It’s a filling and nutritious option before the big meal.
When has there ever been a shortage of food or drinks at holiday events? Eat and drink slowly and allow your brain to catch up to your stomach.
Plan fun activities with your family and friends to stay active and motivated over the weekend: go for a walk, run, swim, bike ride, kick a ball around, whatever you like… just move that body and enjoy the time spent together!
Rethink the Easter Basket
Nontraditional gifts such as jewelry, books, and clothing are even more appreciated than those sugary little peeps. Who wouldn’t love seeing a Fitbit in their Easter basket?!
Consider Making Healthy Meal Substitutions
Try serving chocolate covered strawberries instead of a carrot cake or even steamed carrots instead of honey glazed carrots. Add in more vegetables and make sure to savor every bite!
Written by: Rachel Corcoran, Weigh and Win Health Coach