Just when you thought you’d seen the back of that extra Christmas weight – along comes Easter. But fear not, as Staysure brings you 10 top tips to enjoy this holiday without sacrificing your waistline.
Easter is a difficult time to eat healthily as there is an abundance of chocolate everywhere. You’ll find it in the supermarkets, in magazines, on the TV and more than likely, all over children’s faces.
But watching your weight doesn’t mean you have to avoid chocolate and goodies such as hot cross buns altogether, it just means you have to be a bit more snack savvy.
So here are 10 top tips to help you enjoy this annual holiday without having to put an extra notch in your belt. Happy Easter!
1. Portion Sizes
Rather than buy large Easter eggs, opt for the smaller children’s size for a bite-sized treat. A large Easter egg can have more than 1,000 calories, which is over half of most people’s recommended daily intake. According to the NHS, the average man needs 2,500kcal and the average woman needs 2,000kcal. So a small Cadbury’s Crème Egg is one of the best options as they only have 150 calories. Plus, if you’re having a big Sunday roast, have sensible portions so you can enjoy this annual treat.
2. Healthier hot cross buns
Buy wholegrain hot cross buns as they contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals than normal ones. Plus, they are also more filling, meaning you are less likely to snack afterwards.
3. Beat the binge
Instead of gorging during the entire bank holiday weekend, why not choose only one day to indulge? It is Easter after all, and studies have shown that if you deny your food cravings, there’s a bigger chance that you will overindulge later on.
4. Be active
Go for an afternoon walk rather than an afternoon nap after a big dinner. You can also get the whole family involved by going for a bike ride, playing a game of football or by exploring a local park.
5. Quality, not quantity
Spend more on a smaller amount of handmade chocolate from a chocolatiers, rather than the mass produced variety. The idea being that if you buy high quality chocolate, you’ll savour every mouthful and eat less.
6. Buy dark chocolate
The darker the chocolate the better. Dark varieties have more antioxidants, which are good for your heart and can lower the risk of infections and some types of cancer.
7. Keep chocolate for dessert
If you eat Easter eggs on an empty stomach this will spike your blood sugar levels and play havoc with your hunger and energy levels. Make sure you eat them after a meal instead. The upside of this is that you’re also likely to eat less chocolate after a meal.
8. Sharing is caring
If your home is full of chocolate and sweets you’ll only be tempted to have a nibble. Give them to family, friends or take them to work and share them with your colleagues.
9. Back up snacks
Stock your fridge with healthy snacks so that you are not tempted to bite the ear off a chocolate bunny when you’re hungry. These could include chocolate-dipped strawberries, smoothies, cereal and flavoured Greek yoghurt.
10. Food diary
A recent study found that people who noted down what they ate every day lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. So why not keep a list on your fridge over the bank holiday weekend?
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