Australians eat around 110,000 tonnes of chocolate each year – translating to 5.8 kilograms per person, along with 42 kilograms of sugar or a staggering 27 teaspoons per person per day. And around Easter, chocolate is abundant making sticking to a healthy eating plan nearly impossible. With this much temptation it is easy to think I will get back on track the following week. While it’s not realistic to completely ignore the Easter tradition here are a few tips you can follow to make sure all of your work is not undone.
Make seafood the stand out for the day.
- Seafood is a delicious treat at Easter especially since it is weight loss friendly with 20 medium prawns having the same number of kilojoules as 3 mini eggs.
Indulge in portion controlled treats
- Treat yourself but don’t binge. Try small individual eggs rather than eating the entire bag or share treats with your friends and families.
Go for quality rather than quantity
- Enjoy an Easter feast with plenty of good food and a small amount of good quality chocolate and savour the flavor
Stock the fridge
- Keep plenty of delicious health foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for Easter eggs
Stick to Sunday
- If you want to enjoy the Easter treats of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns save them for Easter Sunday.
Portion up left overs
- If you have loads of chocolate left over and can’t bring yourself to throw them out, break it into 20g snack portions and freeze it. That way you won’t polish off the whole egg and instead enjoy it as a snack.
So this Easter focus on the people that are important and spending time getting together instead of focusing on the Easter indulgences.
By Julie Gilbert
Julie Gilbert is the Founder and Head Dietician for Solutions with Food. Having started Solutions with Food in 2004 by herself, Julie has used her knowledge & experience from over 10 years of work in the industry to now manage and run Solutions with Food into a company full of dedicated dietitians aiming to help all of its clients achieve their desired outcomes.