Given I’m always going on about being healthy and sugar free, you might be wondering what on earth we do for Easter! I wanted to share some healthy alternatives for Easter to show you can still “enjoy life” when you don’t eat fructose (note: these are not my words, just the general consensus!).
As with any celebration, what becomes important (and tradition) within your family is whatever you value and place emphasis on. Focus on enjoying more healthy food than “bad” (sorry I hate using that term) and enjoying each others company and you should have success.
Now for some practical tips on how to be healthier at Easter.
Easy Changes to Make – Are there any?
Let’s be realistic here. If you normally eat a lot of chocolate at Easter, I know I don’t stand a chance stopping you from eating your choccies come Easter Saturday. So how do we limit the damage? Here are some simple tips:
1. If you must buy chocolate – don’t go overboard. Buy one small egg per person. Sounds simple I know…but it must be said.
2. If you can afford an organic, dark chocolate try this option. IQS have some eggs available, but they are on the expensive side….if that doesn’t suit, look for chocolate with a high % cacao and minimal ingredients.
3. Let your family know your stance on chocolate – request no presents if necessary.
4. For Easter egg hunts, use wooden eggs (I would say plastic, but thinking of sustainability I think wooden is preferred). Here are some great ideas on decorating them. I’ll be honest – mine probably wont look like this!
5. For get togethers, if you have to bring something try a healthy option, then at least you can eat that instead of other things.
6. As with any gathering, avoid soft drinks and juices; try and eat something healthy and filling before you go and relax and enjoy the occasion!
Chocolate – what about the Chocolate Bunny?!
If you are really committed to reducing your sugar intake, then firstly a big fist bump from me. Secondly, what else can you get for people to say “happy easter” in a “non –sugar/gluten/preservative” way?
1. Make some chocolate treats yourself and place in little boxes or on vintage tea plates. Some ideas include (and warning on a shamless plug):
• Some of my Coconut rough, Chocolate crunch or chocolate cups
• Have a look at the Merrymaker Sisters Cookie Dough Bites, Paleo Chocolate recipe or Macadamia Cups.
• Homemade filled easter eggs – note – I would use rice malt syrup instead of maple syrup and make my own chocolate, instead of using dark chocolate
• Raw cookie dough pops or Espresso Truffles
• Healthy Mint Slice cookies
3. For little ones:
- Easter colouring books or stickers
- Easter themed books (ones with “textures” such as a bunny ear are great)
- Easter cookie kits (note, there are food colouring markers in this)
- Handmade toy bunnies or little chickens
- Handmade egg hunt bags
- Handmade Easter clothing
- Hollow wooden eggs to decorate
For a little more effort, you could put together a hamper of either the ingredients to make a chocolate recipe (use this for further inspiration, ignore the sugary items in these links!) or a craft pack, with some Easter themed crafts and everything required to make them (see my Easter Fun Pinterest board for ideas and printables!).
What about some more healthy Easter recipes?
Ok that’s easy – here are some lovely, healthy treats to make and share at Easter:
• Healthy hot cross buns – Well Nourished , The Healthy Chef , Foodness for Goodness Sake
• Chocolate Type Treats – Tim Tams (note, there is a lot of fructose in here due to the dates, so I would go easy on these!); Mint Chocolate Fudge; Cacao Rough, Top Deck (substitute honey for rice malt syrup if you are concerned about fructose).
As always I have pinned a whole heap of great Easter ideas on my Pinterest boards, so when you have a few minutes (ok hours) to spare check it out!
What will we be doing? Well I have brought the girls an Easter themed book each as a gift and I have brought some wooden eggs to decorate (in a non crafty way, I might post some photos for you!) and use for our hunt. You still have to have an easter egg hunt right? I will also make some chocolates and other healthy treats (maybe those mint slice cookies, they look amazing!).
Hopefully I have given you some inspiration to try some healthier alternatives this Easter. I’d love to know what you’re planning and whether any of these options will be part of it?