Egg-cited for Easter: nutrition tips
It’s time to listen up, everyone! Like any holiday, Easter provides us with the opportunity to over-indulge in decadent treats but I’ve got some nutrition tips to keep you in check…
Over to the dark side
The good news is you don’t have to give up chocolate this Easter. Raw cacao, found in organic, dark chocolate, is rich in magnesium and antioxidants. Magnesium is a key relaxing mineral for the nervous system, also helping to lower blood pressure. The holidays can be synonymous with stress, so be choosey when it comes to your chocolate!
The power lies in the palm of your hands…
With a couple days off work, it’s easy to forget that Easter lasts one day. If you stick to palm-sized portions, you reduce the chances of over-indulging and avoid post-holiday guilt. Even if you are tempted by unhealthier choices, palm-sized portions will keep you in-check.
Eat like a rabbit!
What do bunnies eat? Vegetables, including carrots, celery and other healthy, garden-variety vegetables! Have plenty of vegetable-based side dishes to go with your Easter meal and snack on raw veggies throughout the day to keep you feeling full and energized. You can have an egg or two in the spirit of Easter, however, much as the saying goes, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket’’, don’t be filling your belly with all those chocolate Easter eggs in one go! You can graze like a bunny, but preferably, it’s the good stuff you want to graze on.
Hop to it!
An extra two days off work gives you extra opportunities to get up and move! Don’t sit still this Easter holiday—get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Sporting activities, walks, hikes, bike riding, and swimming are all ways to get you and your family active. If the weather is nice, why not head to the beach and soak up the last few rays of autumn sun before winter falls upon us.
Don’t forget about real eggs
With the shops filled of candy and chocolate this time of year, don’t forget that real eggs, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, are packed with nutrients, full of protein, and help to sustain energy levels. Eggs contain healthy fats, and are a source of selenium and vitamin D, both important for the immune system. Get cracking, and enjoy both egg varieties this Easter holiday!
Recipe: Coconut Maple Macaroons
If you’re struggling for a healthy Easter dessert idea, try these EASY, QUICK and TASTY Coconut Maple Macaroons (adapted from “Ella’s Pantry”):
- 2 large egg whites
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- Use a hand blender to whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Whisk in maple syrup, salt & cinnamon.
- Gently stir in coconut flakes and place in fridge for ½ hour.
- Fill a two tablespoon scoop with batter.
- Firmly pack (with your hands) to scoop level and place the macaroon onto chemical-free parchment lined baking tray.
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
- Cool for 1 hour and serve.
- Store in the fridge.
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