Easter has arrived, and with it comes sugar-filled goodies, overstuffed tummies and hyperactive kiddies. Avoid a sugar hangover this year by kicking the nasty white stuff to the curb and transforming Easter into a sugar-free affair.
Take advantage of the Easter weekend and use this time to nourish and rejuvenate your body, get involved in healthy festivities, and have fun with family and friends. Easter's not just about chocolate, folks!
Here are seven simple ways to feel rejuvenated this Easter:
1. Get outside and get active.
Why not kick off your Easter weekend with some morning yoga and start the day by embracing your inner rabbit? A rabbit pose is a great way to stretch out the spine while stimulating your immune system. Not a fan of yoga? Head down to your local park and do whatever gets you moving!
2. Eat a nourishing breakfast.
Start the day off well and eat a breakfast of good fats, protein and greens. This will ensure your blood sugar is stabilized, making sweet foods less appealing and decreasing your chances of gorging on chocolate.
3. Shift the focus.
Traditionally Easter was celebrated with fresh seafood. Visit your local fishmonger and switch up your menu this year with some locally sourced, sustainable fish.
4. Make your own Easter gifts and treats for yourself.
You don't need to deprive yourself at Easter time. If you love chocolate but don't enjoy processed, store-bought candy, whip up some deliciously healthy sugar-free Easter treats for your family and friends.
5. Eat dark chocolate.
If your family insists on buying treats for you this Easter, ask for dark chocolate, preferably at around 85-90% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains reasonably low amounts of fructose. A good rule of thumb: generally think of whatever's not cocoa as being sugar (so a 70% cocoa chocolate bar will contain about 30% sugar). If you don't have time to whip up some homemade sugar-free chocolate, a little bit of this stuff will keep you satisfied, and you won't feel left out of the festivities!
6. Share the load.
Don't squirrel away your chocolate! Share it with friends and family. This way there will be less temptation after the event.
7. Indulge in some trickery.
Try wrapping grapes in foil, or gifts in pretty paper, and hiding them around the house or garden. The kids will love the novelty of the "the treasure hunt," and you can rest assured they won't have a sugar crash in the afternoon.
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