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So, chocolate eggs? That’s something you’ve been thinking about a lot lately, right? As Easter holidays approach and candy and chocolate are disappearing from shelves at local grocery stores – get ready, you are about to welcome the sweetest weekend of the year.
Easter is the second biggest selling season, and while balance in both shopping and eating is the answer, it’s still, for many, easier said than done. The sweetest holiday, as every year, raise questions on how to keep your health on track and your waistline in balance. Moreover, not only yours, but your children’s as well.
While dark chocolate is a healthier alternative to milk chocolate, and of better nutritional value, you need to encourage your kids to eat healthier and practice a healthy lifestyle. We all know that kids mostly do what they see, and behave the way adults are behaving, so, for both you and your kids, you need to introduce and practice a healthier version of the sweetest holiday.
This is what you should have in mind: We make food mistakes. We are often manipulated by the brand. We are often victims of our habits. We often shop for more food than we need. “Every day, we each make around 200 decisions about eating. But studies have shown that 90% of these decisions are made without any conscious thought” (Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink).
Thus, how can you enjoy yourself without ruining your diets and be a good role model to your kids? Don’t panic! With a few good tricks and tips, you can enjoy and relax, and have a healthy Easter.
Try new recipes!
While Easter is a traditional holiday, you can think about introducing new family meals by including something new and healthier into your traditional recipes. It’s easier to go with the food and recipes proven to be delicious, but if you put time into making your dinner healthier, you might be surprised to see how some veggies and fruits can be very delicious. Moreover, many traditional recipes can be healthier if you substitute certain ingredients, or reduce them (sugar or butter).
Ready for healthy Easter cuisine? Then stock the fridge!
Take your time before going shopping and create a detailed list of the food you truly need. Your grocery list should include many fresh vegetables and fruits and delicious, healthy foods you should stock your fridge with, so you don’t reach for candy, cookies or chocolate egg. Find healthy alternatives that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Think about healthier food alternatives for your kids as well.
Watch your portion size!
Kitchen is a famous get-together place for the holiday, and if you will be sitting down to more than one table, watch your portions. Most people will be eating multiple times later in the day, so it’s either watching your portion size or getting your relatives angry and disappointed. Moreover, eating large portions satisfies us only for a moment.
Remember: a standard serving of veggies is the size of a baseball (roughly), while a standard serving of meat is commonly the size of the palm of your hand (without fingers!).