A Healthy Easter

I know it’s a bit early but as you plan for Easter, give some thought to your health.

It is very tempting when confronted with basketfuls of colourful chocolate and candy eggs and other sweets to eat more than is good for you. That’s part of the fun, isn’t it? Just keep in mind that the sugar, chemicals and trans fats found in most Easter sweets are very hard on the system. They can disrupt normal body processes, make your body more toxic, affect your moods and brain function, and increase allergies in many people.

Easter is a time for family traditions. Whether your tradition includes breaking a fast with an after- midnight feast or a family gathering at the beach, why not make it healthier? Go for quality over quantity.

Choose dark (if possible), good quality chocolate. Bake your own hot-cross buns with whole meal or organic flour, perhaps a combination of wheat and quinoa or rice flour. Try out a cake recipe using polenta, almond meal or egg whites instead of wheat. Enjoy your sweets in moderation.

Make sure your children eat a good breakfast and lunch so that they’re satisfied with fewer chocolate eggs after their egg hunt, and want less sweets. Provide more of the healthy stuff: large salads, seafood, grilled chicken, fresh, raw or lightly steamed veggies with hummos or avocado dip.

Plan more activities: a family walk at the beach; a hike in nature, egg-in-spoon or sack races. Feed your soul a little more, your sweet tooth a little less. And enjoy your blessings.

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