Last-minute tips for a healthier Easter
By Brittany Anas
On a hunt for a healthier Easter? We’ve got you covered — because when you go in with a plan, your less likely to try and convince yourself that a Cadbury Easter Egg counts as a breakfast food. (Thanks to the creme filling, there’s about 20 grams of sugar in that candy egg).
Here’s 5 last-minute tips to help you and your family enjoy a nutritious Easter Sunday — without skipping out on the candy.
- Plan your splurge. Nutritionists will tell you it’s A-OK to splurge in moderation on holidays. So, yes, enjoy those marshmallow Peeps if that’s your guilty pleasure. We’re partial to the Cadbury mini eggs with a candy shell and chocolate inside ourselves. Pick one candy or dessert that you love, and let that be your splurge. We’ll do a little math for you: A Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg has 170 calories; a dozen Cadbury mini eggs have 190 calories; and 2 Peeps have 55 calories.
- Enjoy the hard-boiled eggs. Need a snack to hold you over between meals. Crack open those pretty, hardboiled eggs for some protein. A hardboiled egg has just 78 calories; 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. Thank you, Easter, for making such a healthy snack a holiday favorite!
- Re-arrange the Easter baskets. Candy doesn’t have to be the centerpiece of an Easter basket. Stock your kids’ baskets with jumpropes and toys (find ideas here). For young women, opt for some beauty finds (ideas here). Other alternatives? Fruit snacks, dried fruits or fruit leathers. Even mini bags of pretzels or Goldfish help cut down on the sugar.
- Easter egg fillings. Helping the Easter bunny hide eggs? Fill those plastic eggs with some with stickers, temporary tattoos or little stamps — as opposed to just candy.
- Take a family walk. It’s seeming that winter is finally going back into hibernation. Take advantage of the nicer weather by going for a family walk after church or after dinner. If you have company coming over, set out some jump ropes and balls and let them know the dress code is casual. Staying active will help burn some of those extra calories.
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