Is your self-control strong enough to overcome all of the tempting sweets this Easter?
Staying on track with a healthy lifestyle does not mean depriving yourself of all things sweet. Instead, follow these tips to help portion, moderate, and choose which treats you want to eat.
Do you have a sweet tooth? ME TOO!
Choosing your sweets wisely is super important! Choosing chocolate covered nuts and fruits is a much better alternative than over-processed, packaged candy bars. If you are having a hard time avoiding your childhood favorite Reese's, Kit Kat, or Snickers bar, then opt for a fun-sized bar over a full-sized one. Your tummy and future goals will thank you!
Savory treats need just as much moderation as sweets, so watch out! When given the option between different kinds of chips (artificially colored, powdered, plain potato, or tortilla), opt for the one with the least amount of additives. For an extra kick, add lemon or salsa as a low-calorie flavor option. We all know how common it is to mindlessly eat chips, and before you know it that family-sized bag of Lays is g-o-n-e, gone! Instead, serve yourself portions of snacks on a plate so you can visually see how many servings you are consuming.
When choosing what to put on your plate during lunchtime, here are some healthy alternatives:
Potato salad -----------→ Hearty salad with roasted vegetables
Macaroni Salad-------→ Cauliflower ‘mac and cheese’
Glazed Ham-----------→ Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Don't have an alternative? Give yourself a fist-sized portion of what you would like to have. Slowly chew, enjoy & stop when you are full!
Although Easter marks the end of Lent, it is important to continue your goals and incorporate them into your everyday life even after Easter. Progress takes time, so don't give up just yet. Here are some simple things to think about when serving yourself daily meals:
Try to make half of your plate non-starchy vegetables.
Have a fist-sized portion of protein at every meal.
Drink half of your weight in oz. of water every day.
Healthy appetizer recipe to serve this Easter:
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. finely chopped cilantro
Remove egg yolks from halved eggs and place in a small bowl with avocado, lime juice, salt, and cilantro.
Use a fork to mash the ingredients until smooth.
Spoon or use frosting bag to add mixture to halved eggs.
Add a dash of smoked paprika for color.
For a little extra kick add 1 drop of sriracha. BOMB!
I can promise you that if you make a few of these "good" choices at this Easter's meal you will leave feeling:
- full "just right"
- READY TO KEEP GOING!
Enjoy your Easter with your loved ones! Travel safe!