5 simple ways to have a healthy(ish) Easter
Don’t panic, it includes chocolate
It takes a very strong will to resist the siren call of delicious chocolate Easter eggs and warm hot cross buns slathered in melted butter, and we're not saying you should resist (we're certainly not going to hold back), but maybe this year a bit of moderation?
Because no one wants to wake up on Tuesday morning after the Easter long weekend and realise they can no longer zip their fave skinny jeans up.
Read on for nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin's five simple ways to have a healthy(ish) but still enjoyable Easter.
#1 Lose the all or nothing mindset
If you have overindulged, it's really important to lose the all or nothing mindset. When we view an indulgence as 'off the plan' or 'bad' we are more inclined to lose motivation to make food choices which best support our health. Instead of feeling guilt over eating a few Easter eggs, understand that your body can handle a few treats over the Easter period and it is what you do following the treats that counts!
#2 Eat a protein rich breakfast
A protein rich breakfast will help to stabilise appetite, keep energy in check and reduce chocolate cravings during the day. Some healthy options include: whole oat porridge with berries and hemp seeds; boiled eggs and avocado on seeded toast; cottage cheese, tomato and herb omelette; almond milk, banana hemp and spinach smoothie.
#3 Bring a healthy dish to celebrations
Easter for many is filled with celebrations surrounding food! If invited to celebrations and unsure of what is on the menu, offer to bring a healthy dish, which you can enjoy alongside the other foods. Some examples include a seasonal fruit platter for dessert, roasted vegetable salad for a BBQ or tomato and avocado bruschetta for brunch/breakfast.
#4 Move Daily
Staying active over Easter will help support energy levels and you may also find it encourages you to make healthier food choices. Choose movement, which you enjoy and doesn't seem like a chore or plan social events around movement such as a walk and coffee catch up with friends.
#5 Avoid arriving at gatherings starved!
If you arrive at gatherings starved there is a greater chance of opting for unhealthy snack foods and overeating. Additionally, it's never a good idea to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Eating a protein-rich snack prior to events will help stabilise your appetite, think: natural yoghurt with berries and hemp seeds, a boiled egg, raw nuts, fruit or a smoothie.
Zoe Bingley-Pullin is a celebrity chef, nutritionist and creator of the Falling in Love with Food Program. Zoe runs eight-week food programs, for more details head to: zoebingleypullin.com
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