Easter is a time of year where we all over indulge on our favorite chocolate treats, its hard not to with the endless supplies of branded Easter eggs everywhere. But honestly, what are we really celebrating? For me its a time of self awareness, family, and connecting with my spirituality. No, i’m not Christian, but the days off always give me a chance to do some deep thinking. This year I would love for you to be more aware of what you are feeding your body and why. Here are my 3 ways to help you have your healthiest Easter EVER!
1. Swap out the chocolate!
One of the easiest ways to put on a few extra grams over Easter is by over consuming sugary, fat laden chocolate. Let me tell you now, its not ok to spend a whole day eating chocolate, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Instead of buying expensive branded chocolate this year, buy the ingredients to make your own. See my Healthy little treats post for some great treat ideas, or try my Cherry ripe truffles for something a bit different.
This is especially important for kids, if we are teaching our kids that chocolate is something to be revered and that its ok to eat that much of something, then we are helping them to live a life of over-indulgence. Why not give your kids a small gift instead-like a book, pj’s or even a chicken!
2. Instead of chocolate eggs, try REAL eggs!
Why not paint your own eggs instead of buying chocolate ones. There is a great post from Organic gardening on how to naturally dye your own eggs, or Martha Stewart also has an awesome post on naturally dying your easter eggs.
Its also a great time to point out how nutritious eggs really are. Eggs are nutrient rich and are a great addition to a healthy diet. Eggs are a source of at least 11 various vitamins and minerals, as well as having high quality protein, omega 3 and antioxidants. In particular eggs are a great source of folate, vitamin A, zinc, iron, and iodine. Eggs are very versatile and can be incorporated into a variety of foods and meals. Eggs can play a vital role in the diets of kids who are fussy, as they provide a wide array of nutrients.
3. Get outside and move!
Easter is the perfect time to get outside with your loved ones to exercise. Why not try a hike, or play a new sport together, or take the dog for a beach walk. With those extra hours over this holiday, instead of lounging on the couch, just do something a little different. Maybe you have always wanted to try a new exercise-bike riding, yoga, swimming, roller skating. This long weekend, make the effort to actually try it.
With the kids, have some good quality play time. They want to build a fort-why not? Playing pirates with some old boxes-go for it! Maybe its even time to plant your veggie garden. Get the kids involved and find out what to plant this time of year.