Some claim that the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a pagan goddess of spring and fertility. So how did chocolate, dyed eggs and giant bunnies become such a large part of the celebration? Over the centuries various folk tales and pagan traditions sparked Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and a slew of candy as tradition for this special holiday. It’s hard to avoid “temptation” when you are surrounded by all the chocolate, jelly beans and baked goods that come out around this time of year.
There are ways to make your Easter a bit healthier so that the stress of overeating is minimized. Use your inner intuition to build a healthy relationship with food. Make smarter healthier decisions and stop feeling bad about that piece of chocolate you just ate. Enjoy the holiday the best you can with family and friends. Make this Easter about being happy and making healthier decisions to benefit everyone!
Need some healthier options to fill your basket with?
- Single serving dark chocolates
- Dark chocolate covered almonds or fruit
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Real rabbit foods like carrots and celery
- Dried fruit such as raisins, craisins, dried cherries, or other no-sugar added dried fruits
- Stuff plastic eggs with toys, coins or stickers for kids instead of jelly beans
Of course the traditional Easter dinner typically consists of a glazed ham with a number of side dishes. Sides can be a pitfall for most people because they’re loaded with hidden fat and calories that you didn’t know you were consuming. Here are some original side dish recipes to choose from that will add some character to your celebration.
Healthy Easter dishes and sides to serve:
Your Turn to Take Action: How can you make this Easter a healthy day for the whole family? Comment below.