Eggcellent Easter Tips!

Lets compare EasterA few Other Helpful Tips:

  • Size matters

The massive chocolate bunny standing in the shop window that is almost the size of your child may look fun but it is not a good idea to bring it home! This may be an extreme case but we often fall into the trap of our eyes being bigger than our bellies. Look for treats that are small in size to prevent over-eating and that can help in maintaining portion control.

  • Be prepared

Make sure you stock your fridge and cupboards with healthy food and snacks like fresh fruit, veggie sticks with dip, chicken strips, wholewheat crackers and low fat cottage cheese etc. If you have eaten a decent balanced, fresh and healthy meal first then you will less likely to over indulge on chocolate afterwards. Keep easy, on-the-go options on hand for days where there is less routine and structure.

  • Treat yourself

One should aim to be healthier during holidays but it is alright to also treat yourself. Deprivation leads to disaster!  Prevent overindulging by being mindful, enjoy the occasion, but put your spoon/choccie down when you are satisfied – there is no need to finish your plate or treat just because it is there.

  • Sharing is caring

If there is unhealthy food lying around the house then you are more likely to eat it. Avoid this by re-gifting or giving the leftover chocolates to someone less fortunate than yourself.

  • Change focus

Holiday times tend to put a fair amount of focus on food as part of the celebrations. One cannot change traditions but try to remember to bring the real attention to the meaning of the holiday, the company of family and precious time with loved ones.

  • Beat the boredom eating and ensure a healthy eating environment at home

We all appreciate this time of relaxation with friends and family as well as partaking in religious activities. However with too much time on hand, we can easily fall into the trap of mindless snacking- especially if plenty of Hot Cross buns & Easter eggs tempt us with their ease of visibility and availability. Our advice? Plan your days and keep occupied.

  • Shop like a Pro!

Practice good shopping by replacing the usual treats such as sweets chocolates and chips normally bought over this period with healthier snacks such as fresh fruit slices, veggie sticks, fruit bars, dried fruit, low fat Rice chips/cassava snacks, popcorn and lean biltong sticks.

  • Make good choices when socializing                                            

Try to make healthy choices when eating out with friends and family. The table below gives you an idea of what to plan for a healthy Braai as well as which Fast Food choices are best for a quick, convenient meal.

Usual braai Healthy braai
  Fat g Energy kJ   Fat g Energy kJ
Lamb chops  150g 34 1924 Chicken kebabs  150g 8 1139
Boerewors   100g 36 1624 Corn on the cob 100g 3 495
Garlic bread  50g 5 855 Three bean salad 80g 5 416
Potato bake   150 g 15 1557 Carrot salad   80g 136
Beetroot salad  80g 174
TOTAL 90 g 5960 kJ TOTAL 16 g 2360
Save yourself 11 slices of bread!

 

Usual Fast food Healthy Fast food
  Fat g Energy kJ   Fat g Energy kJ
Beef burger & chips     Asian meal
Burger   patty 100 g 18 1108 Chicken strips   150g 15 1169
Roll                   40g 400 ½ Portion rice    100 g 531
Deep fried chips  200g 30 2552 X 2 Portion veggies 200g 9 715
TOTAL 48g 4060 kJ TOTAL 24 g 2415 kJ
Save yourself 5 slices of bread!

From all of us at Nutritional Solutions, we wish you a blessed Easter with family and loved ones!easter

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