How to stay healthy this Easter

Easter doesn’t have to mean saying yes to eating everything. It also doesn’t mean you have to say no to everything either. By limiting the amount of sugary or salty snacks you have, getting your five portions of fruit and vegetables in each day and drinking plenty of fluids, you can  keep your fitness goal and healthy lifestyle on track.

The more cocoa the better

The higher the cocoa content of the chocolate egg you are about to put in your mouth, the more health benefits that treat will give you. Dark chocolate (with at least 70-85% cocoa) helps to keep blood vessels pumping. It can be a source of fibre, iron, magnesium, zinc and other minerals the body needs and is a good source of antioxidants. With its flavonols, dark chocolate can help to protect against sun damage and improve blood flow to the skin. There’s evidence to suggest cocoa can help the body in other ways too, of course this doesn’t mean you should go all out and eat lots of chocolate every day. One to two squares of dark chocolate a day is enough to keep up your balanced lifestyle.

Eat more nuts

The urge to overindulge when temptation is all around, may be a tough battle to withstand. But by arming yourself with a handful of nuts when the pull of another hot cross bun is strong, will help to curb those impulses and hunger pangs. Good for sources of fat, fibre, protein and some vitamins and minerals, nuts can help keep you feeling fuller, prevent blood clotting and maintain a regular heart rhythm. 

Get outside and play games

The weather is set to be a scorcher this Easter so make the most of it by getting outside and enjoying some fun active games that will get you moving, boost happy hormones and build up your vitamin D reserves all while making memories that you’ll remember for years to come.

Pick yourself up and dust yourself off

If you do overeat this Easter, don’t give yourself a hard time about it. Instead be glad that you enjoyed good food with great friends and family, and get back to eating a healthier balanced diet as soon as you can.

Easter recipe

Chocolate bunny droppings

300g of good quality 70-85% dark chocolate

300g plain nuts (almonds, chickpeas, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, or a mix of a few)

50g mini marshmallows

Line a baking sheet or two with greaseproof paper. Break the chocolate up into chunks and place in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir, and repeat until most of the chocolate has melted (any small lumps will melt anyway). Pour in the nuts and mini marshmallows and stir through. Dollop small mounds of the chocolate mixture onto the greaseproof lined baking sheets then place these in the fridge to harden.