How to Survive and Enjoy a Healthy Easter

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With Easter upon us, here are a few simple ways to navigate this traditionally chocolate-laden holiday.

Earlier this week, I wrote all about chocolate and how, if chosen wisely, it may not be as unhealthy as we think. Be sure to check out that article.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us will be eating chocolate at some (or most) point(s) this weekend. However, armed with Tuesday’s article, as well as the list I’m about to mention, there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy a healthy Easter.

With that said, let’s take a look at some simply tips for a healthy Easter weekend.

How to Enjoy a Healthy Easter

1. Opt for dark

As I mentioned earlier this week, dark chocolate has higher levels of antioxidants and less sugar & milk solids (which only negate the health benefits of chocolate) than milk or white varieties. Aim for 70% or higher.

2. Know when to stop

As with all healthy eating, learn to recognize when you are satisfied (not full). This can be especially challenging with chocolate, which is easy to binge on. Some studies suggest that 30-60 grams per day of dark chocolate is sufficient for health benefits.

3. Eat when hungry

This tip ties in closely with number 2. Ask yourself before each mouthful/bite/piece of chocolate if you really need or want it, or if you’re only eating it because it’s there.

4. Get moving

Use the Easter holiday to get outside or do something fun with your family. Go for walks, plan an Easter egg hunt or just spend less time being sedentary.

5. Challenge the norm – ask why

Finally, consider the fact that Easter doesn’t have to be a chocolate binge session. Indeed, it is only society which has made it so. If you don’t want something to be the way it is or the way everyone else does it, then you have the power to change it. This presents a cool opportunity to create your own traditions for this period of time off. Ask why.

Bonus: Make your own healthy Easter treats!

If you’re looking for a way to make some healthier Easter options, I’ve got you covered 🙂

The recipe below was originally published here

You will need:

  • ¾ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • ¾ cup agave nectar (you can also combine honey/maple syrup/agave)
  • 1 cup of raw cacao powder/organic cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1/3 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Place melted coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Mix ingredients together with a hand blender until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into moulds or baking dish lined with baking paper.
  • Place moulds in freezer to set (approximately 15 minutes).
  • Optional: Add goji berries or peppermint oil for flavor.

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Over to you…

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About The Author

Bryan Teare

Bryan Teare is a Coach & Host of The Quarter Life Comeback Podcast, empowering quarter lifers to become the hero of their life's journey. Learn more at http://bryanteare.com/about