Easter is the perfect opportunity to share the long weekend with family and friends. Whether you celebrate the religious holiday, enjoy the great outdoors, or use the extra time to run errands, for most Easter is a very busy time.
Our healthy habits may fall to the wayside when we’re out of routine and the temptation of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns is hard to ignore, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Easter and Sugar
The World Health Organisation recommends no more than 10 per cent of your total kilojoule intake should be free sugars. Although most Easter chocolates have amounts of free sugar astronomically higher than that recommendation. For example, that 250g bag of solid milk chocolate eggs could have a whopping 34 teaspoons of sugar! But that doesn't mean you have to miss out completely.
So what should I eat over Easter?
If you want to enjoy an Easter treat over the break, we recommend these 3 tips –
1. Opt for dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa is best). There are many dark chocolate Easter egg options out there today, including from your favourite chocolate brands. Look for dark chocolate with 30g of sugar per 100g or less. Try to avoid white chocolate as it has a higher fat and sugar content than most other eggs.
2. Make your own treats. Homemade hot cross buns, your own decorated chocolate - the options are limitless with what healthier Easter treats you can make from your own kitchen! If you want to make a chocolaty treat, we love this decadent cacao mug cake, chocolate and ricotta stuffed dates or our chocnut smoothie.
3. If you want to indulge over Easter, try to only limit your chocolate and hot cross bun eating to Easter Sunday, and enjoy in moderation.