A Chocolate-Lover's Guide To A Healthy Easter Weekend
By the Wild Women On Top team
Ooooh Easter. One of the only times it’s considered socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast… our kind of holiday. However, like any holiday centered around eating not-so-nourishing treats, the Easter weekend can leave us feeling less than our best – lethargic and so full of buttered hot cross buns we can’t move.
So how do we avoid feeling flat and fatigued while still enjoying the gorgeous traditions of Easter? Here are our tips…
The magic of movement
You knew we were going to suggest this, right? Move, move, move this weekend – you’ve got time. Whether you sneak in an early morning sweat sesh before the kids wake up, escape for an after lunch walk along the beach, or incorporate movement into your Easter festivities, you’re sorted.
We love making a fitness game out of our Easter egg hunt – hiding the choccies in hard-to-find places so there’s a good amount of running around to find them. Alternatively (or as well), hide the treats up trees, so you get a good upper-body workout from both hiding and finding them. You could even do it in teams to get the feel-good hormones of working together!
Load up on heathy snacks
You’re more likely to overeat the chocolate if there’s nothing else on offer, so make sure there’s plenty of delicious and nutritious snacks to balance things out. Remind the kids how much the Easter bunny loves carrots!! Fresh veggies with hummus, chopped fruit, healthy cookies or muffins, homemade hot cross buns and actual eggs are all great options.
Pick one Easter tradition and roll with it
It’s not always necessary to gift Easter eggs, plus have an Easter egg hunt, plus have hot cross buns for breakfast, plus have more chocolate for dinner… Pick one tradition you love, make it fabulous, and keep it contained.
Choose quality over quantity
One really delicious, nourishing hot cross bun from the organic bakery is better than a twelve-pack from the supermarket. One small, handmade Easter egg from a chocolatier is better than a massive Cadbury egg. Choose quality over quantity, savour it slowly and really enjoy. Bonus points if you make treats yourself!
Don't be hard on yourself!
If you overindulged on the chocolate, or the hot cross buns, or the wine... let it go. One weekend of indulgence is not going to matter in the long run, so enjoy the weekend and don't let guilt get you down. A great tip is to focus on loading up with good stuff after a bit too much chocolate... make yourself a big, filling, nourishing salad with as many fresh veggies as possible, and prioritise getting the good stuff in. You deserve it.
Remember what it’s all about
Time with family, feeling connected, loving each other. Remember what’s really important, don’t sweat the small stuff and have FUN!