Staying healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge, even when you are surrounded by tempting desserts and treats Celebrating Easter with family and friends can often mean indulging in fine wine, red meat, and more chocolate and sweets than is necessary. Leanne Tee, a Pick n Pay registered dietician, offers her tips to planning a guilt-free weekend so you can enjoy the very best of Easter meals and snacks without adding centimetres to your waistline.
Including fresh vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli or parsnips, which are currently in season, in your main course is a great way to balance out your meals and stay healthy. It gives give you a chance to fill up on what’s best for you before dessert comes along.
Get a Healthy Start
Filling up with a healthy breakfast will not only ensure that you get all the required nutrients you need for the busy day ahead, but it will also keep you from snacking unnecessarily while you wait for your Easter roast lunch. Blending your favourite fruit into a smoothie is a quick and easy way to get all the fibre, vitamins and minerals you need. Tee recommends making it a green smoothie by adding kale or spinach, a banana and some plain yoghurt before blending it all together.
No Need to Rush
Don’t forget to slow down and take your time while eating. Your brain needs about 20 minutes from the time you eat to send out signals to the rest of your body that you’re full. Eating at a slower pace means you’ll eat less, lowering your kilojoule intake, and you might not even have to go back for seconds!
Easter Chocolate: The Darker the Better
If we’re honest, Easter without chocolate doesn’t feel right. So be smart when it comes to snacking during the Easter weekend and opt for this healthier alternative more often. Dark chocolate has been shown to be more nutritious and a good source of antioxidants, so any chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa is better. The rich cocoa flavour will also help to satisfy your chocolate craving quicker. However, even dark chocolate should be eaten in moderation.
Include Healthy Snacks
Balance the sweet treats with a good portion of healthy snacks. Tee recommends cutting up seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, grapes, pineapple, sweet melon and watermelon, and threading them onto a kebab stick; it’ll bring colour to your table and encourage healthy eating.
For any food- and nutrition-related queries, contact Leanne Tee through Pick n Pay’s health hotline, 0800 11 22 88, or e-mail email@example.com.
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SOURCE: Pick n Pay’s registered dietician Leanne Tee