It seems like sugar and Easter go hand in hand. If it is not the hot cross buns at every corner, it is the plentiful chocolate! So how do we stay healthy and focussed on our health goals when we are tempted by so much sugar?
Prepare yourself mentally so that you can avoid being triggered or tempted to overindulge in chocolate. Eat regular protein rich meals and healthy fats throughout Easter so that you are satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. Ensure that you maintain your exercise routine to help ward off old negative habits around food. Ask guests to bring flowers or other non-edible Easter gifts instead of chocolate.
If you are going to indulge in a little chocolate, then stick to good quality chocolate and preferably make it the dark variety. Quality chocolate is higher in real food ingredients, has less sugar and artificial flavours. Dark chocolate contains many health benefits. It is high in antioxidants and polyphenols that have been shown to lower blood pressure and insulin levels and can help keep blood sugar levels stable. It has also been shown to have anti-ageing effects and improve circulation, memory and brain function.
The other benefit of rich, dark chocolate varieties is that most people do not overindulge compared to the sweeter milk chocolate types! Choose varieties that are at least 70% dark chocolate for the most active ingredients and also try to choose fairtrade and organic varieties to support cocoa farmers and be eco-friendly.
Other healthy options at Easter can include making healthy versions of traditional Easter fare. For example, you can make healthy “easter eggs” from simple bliss ball recipes shaped into eggs instead of balls. See this page for more info.