02 Apr A Chocoholics Guide to Enjoying a Guilt-Free Easter
With our local shops overflowing with an infinite display of chocolate and decadent hot cross buns, it’s difficult to resist our chocolate cravings this Easter. Many of us are wondering whether we can remain guilt-free, as we are tempted to indulge over the chocolate extravaganza weekend.
The good news is that there are many ways to still enjoy the Easter weekend without compromising your active lifestyle.
Here is a guide that we put together to help you enjoy a healthier Easter with your family. By adopting some more nutritional habits, you can have your (chocolate) cake and eat it too!
1. Indulge on the dark side
You don’t have to endure the heartache of avoiding chocolate completely over the Easter weekend. Instead of opting for milk chocolate, choose dark chocolate instead. Research has shown that dark chocolate is not only more filling than milk chocolate, but it also reduces our blood pressure. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants it has, so chocolate with 60% cocoa is a safe option.
It’s a win-win!
2. Control your portions
For those self-confessed chocoholics, try not to get too carried away with your chocolate consumption this weekend.
Recent research found that a big Easter bunny has approximately 1075 calories, whereas small hollow eggs have only 72 calories each. Six hollow eggs can be walked off in just 40 minutes, compared to a 2 hour run to burn off a 100 gram Easter bunny.
Go for smaller portions and try to appreciate the texture and flavor of the chocolate.
3. Stay active
The Easter egg hunt is a perfect opportunity to get everyone outside for some exercise. Spread the chocolate eggs over a wide area where children can be supervised, to make the hunt more energetic and to get your heart racing.
Or how about taking the family out to the Chocolate Tasting Experience at the London Eye? There are many outdoor activities that you can enjoy on Easter Sunday, so be sure to have some kind of physical activity squeezed into your schedule to burn off your Easter indulgences.
4. Save the best for last
Eating chocolate on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar levels and promote energy level fluctuations. Try to eat Easter eggs after having a protein-based or high fibre meal so that you consume less, and don’t rapidly increase your body’s sugar levels.
5. Choose wholegrain hot cross buns
Wholegrain hot cross bunds are higher in fibre and contain more vitamins and minerals compared to regular hot cross buns. They will also fill you up for longer and help you reduce the frequency of your chocolate snacking over the weekend.
Head to your nearest supermarket or local bakery to stock up on delicious wholegrain buns.
6. Try raw chocolate
Ever tried cacao? It’s chocolate in its most natural form and it contains antioxidants, calcium and potassium. Cacao has great nutritional benefits such as increasing your serotonin levels, which acts as an anti-depressant and lifts your mood.
Easter is a time to indulge with family and friends, so you shouldn’t completely deny yourself of chocolate. Try to maintain a healthy mindset and make some nutritional decisions about how you choose to spend your Easter.