Edible Easter Tips

How to Keep the Weight off Over Easter

This time of year is a chocoholic's dream. The supermarket shelves are filled with Easter goodies of all shapes and sizes, strategically placed to get us when we are at our weakest.

Easter comes only once a year so there is no need to feel that you have to deprive yourself of all the goodies – life is too short for that. It's a matter of watching how much you have and how often you have it. One of the most important things to remember (and not just during Easter) is that moderation is the key when it comes to treats and special occasions. In other words a small egg after dinner as a treat on Easter Sunday is absolutely fine, but 3 or 4 every night is not.

Your body is like a car, if you put the wrong fuel in it, it doesn't work so well. So here are a few tricks to keep your waistline in check this March:

  • Easter eggs come on sale as early as January but remember Easter eggs are Easter treats and should be used in that way. Easter Sunday is one day out of 365 and shouldn't last for three months!
  • Continue to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. Just because it's Easter, it doesn't mean you can completely go on an eating holiday!
  • Use Easter treats ‘instead of' rather than ‘in addition to'. For example, have a small egg instead of another snack not in addition to the snack.
  • Size matters! Generally the bigger the egg, the more sugar, fat and calories it contains, so best to stick to those that are small.
  • Eggs that are chocolate coated, e.g. marshmallow eggs will generally contain less calories that those that are solid or filled chocolate e.g. cream egg so best to stick to them if you are concerned about your Easter waistline.
  • If you do end up over consuming, remember to keep your activity up so you can burn at least some of them off.

But it doesn't all have to be about chocolate at Easter. Hot cross buns are a great nutritious snack and are a good way to add variety. Don't fall into the trap though of adding lashings butter or margarine. Even when it melts and it looks like there's not much there don't be tempted to add more! A toasted hot cross bun goes down a treat with a smoothie for breakfast. Alternatively you could use them as a snack mid-morning or afternoon. Because Hot cross buns are carbohydrate rich they are a great source of energy for the body so can make for a tasty pre-training snack.

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