Easter is traditionally a time of celebration and indulgence in wine, red meats and sugary treats. While it’s easy to go overboard during Easter celebrations, it’s all about balance. Yes, a little chocolate egg here and there probably won’t kill you, but try stick to these guilt-free tips to keep you from completely ruining your diet plan.
1: Start with the real breakfast of champions: You may not be able to control what’s served at the brunch table, but you certainly can control what you eat when you wake up. Make a giant green smoothie to load up on nutrients and filling fiber.
One of the famous green options are called Dr Oz’s Green Drink and promises to do wonders for your waistline:
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 3 stalks celery
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 3 carrots
- 2 apples, cored
- 1/4 orange, peeled
- 1/4 lime, peeled
- 1/4 lemon, peeled
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1/4 pineapple, peeled
Place the ingredients in a blender (you can leave the skins on the apples and cucumber) and puree, adding water or ice as needed. This recipe makes 4 portions.
2: Drink plenty of water: Place thin cucumber and lemon slices in your water glass for a liver detoxing and digestion-aiding refreshment winner.
3: Fill up on veggies: Before you dive into the cheese plate or Easter basket full of candy, munch on a plate full of veggie sticks or salad. The fiber will fill you up, so you are less inclined to overindulge in the bad stuff.
4: Remember your serving sizes: Serve half of the plate with veggies, a quarter with grains, and a quarter with protein. If you prefer stricter measurements, forget the cups and teaspoons, and use your hand as a measuring guide. One thumb equals one serving of cheese. An open palm equals one serving of meat. A closed fist is one serving of fruit or vegetables. A cupped hand is one serving of grains.
5: Enjoy bread and candy last: After you’ve filled up on veggies and protein, then enjoy the bread and butter, jelly beans, or chocolate-covered caramels. While it’s tempting to inhale five or six candies in one sitting, slow down and thoroughly savor each bite.
There are many ways to avoid unhealthy choices, but it all starts with your personal conviction to do so. Consider for a moment how the after-effects of a chocolate-covered weekend may affect you. Then make a conscious effort to stay clear of all the things you tend to struggle with. Hey, where there’s a will there’s a way. Or so they say…
For everything else, there’s Durbell. We have loads of healthy alternatives for Easter, so make sure you call on us for help if you need it. We wish you a very blessed and enjoyable time with your family and loved ones.