Easter is almost here and it’s a time when so many of us exchange work and our usual routine for time with our family.
It’s not just the little ones who like to indulge in a little chocolate over this break but it is high in saturated fats and calories which if eaten in excess can lead to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all of which can increase the risk of heart disease.
With a typical chocolate egg containing around 1,000 calories, over half a child’s calorie intake for the day, we’re sharing some tips to help you keep your sweet tooth at bay and have a healthier Easter.
- Avoid buying too much chocolate for children, buy them just one Easter egg and treat them to a new toy or a day trip out instead.
- Arrange an Easter egg painting competition for the whole family using a few hard boiled eggs and water colours to paint them with.
- Fill up on your usual main meals, if not a little healthier, before bringing out the chocolate as a treat to help reduce the amount eaten.
- Try wrapping up dried fruit or nuts such as brazil nuts or walnuts in colourful, decorative paper to give as a healthy alternative to chocolate.
- Save up some Easter eggs to melt and dip fruit in to help with your 5-a-day, try pieces of apple, pear, pineapple, strawberry and blueberry.
- Everyone enjoys chocolate at this time of year, so try opting for a dark chocolate made of 80% cocoa solids, which is full of antioxidants that can help protect your arteries and your heart.
- Add exercise into your weekend by organising an Easter egg hunt in your back garden, if the spring weather allows it.
For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK on 0113 297 6206 or email [email protected]
The Sentinel. Posted 4/9/2014. Accessed on 4/9/2014. Read more: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Tips-help-healthy-Easter/story-20934673-detail/story.html#ixzz2yPPNDUS0.