Egg-cellent Choices for a Healthier Easter

25 March 2024
Balancing Easter treats

With Easter just around the corner, it's time to embrace the festivities while keeping our wellbeing in mind. Here are some evidence-based tips from a Dietitian for a healthful and joyful Easter:

1. Balancing Easter treats:

Let's be real – Easter without a bit of chocolate or treats is like a beach day without sunshine, it's a bit dull. It's absolutely fine to embrace the joy of Easter treats in moderation, especially when opting for quality dark chocolate. Dark chocolate not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also brings along antioxidants with potential heart-healthy benefits. Consider individually wrapped chocolates for better portion control and designate a specific time of day for your chocolate fix, like in the afternoon or after dinner.

2. Protein power:

Foods rich in protein help us feel satisfied and fuller for longer, while also supporting our muscle, nerve & immune function. Take eggs, for instance - they are a nutrition powerhouse and a fantastic protein source, while being versatile and easy to prepare. Whether you choose boiled eggs, frittatas, or tasty omelettes, you're not only treating your taste buds but also providing your body with essential nutrients. Additionally, diversifying your protein sources can be beneficial. Including meat-free options like seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, and plant-based proteins such as legumes (chickpeas, beans, and lentils) ensures a well-rounded diet, promoting overall health and wellbeing.

3. Nutrient-rich Easter meals:

Our Aussie autumn offers a vibrant array of fresh produce. Load up on colourful fruits and veggies – these nutrient-dense foods not only contribute to overall health, supporting muscle and nerve function, but also add a burst of flavour to your Easter spread.

4. Stay hydrated:

With the warm autumn weather in Australia, staying hydrated is crucial and can help with managing fatigue. Opt for water as your primary beverage and limit sugary drinks and alcohol. If you're feeling fancy, herbal teas are a delightful and hydrating choice too. Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day to make it easy to stay hydrated; add lemon, cucumber, or mint to your water for a refreshing twist or set reminders on your phone to take regular sips.

5. Mindful eating magic:

Practice mindfulness during meals by savouring each bite, paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. Avoid distractions such as screens and engage in meaningful conversations with loved ones. Mindful eating fosters a better connection with your body and promotes satisfaction.

6. Active Easter celebrations:

Include physical activity in your Easter celebrations. Plan activities that suit your abilities and preferences, whether it's a gentle walk, seated exercises, or enjoying some outdoor games - staying active is a fun way to bond and support your wellbeing.

As you gear up for Easter, remember it's about relishing good food, good company, and good vibes. Treat yourself, stay active, and make choices that make you feel your best.