Easter is often a time family’s come together to celebrate, have fun, and enjoy a meal or two together. Most people may not realize that some of their favorite Easter foods have nutritional benefits. Although, no matter how much healthy food you have, if you or your family over indulges it can negate any benefits. Check out the tips below to find the balance between wellness and indulgence.
Ham: Ever wonder why ham is often served on Easter? One reason may be that the pigs were often slaughtered in the fall and the lack of refrigeration meant that the meat needed to be cured. Curing took several months and often the ham was ready by Easter.
Ham is rich in minerals and essential fatty acids. However, this depends on the diet of the pig and how it was raised (conventionally or organically). If raised conventionally, then antibodies, pesticides, or toxic chemicals could have been exposed to the pig and thus transferred to humans when consumed. Whenever possible, try to purchase and eat organic ham.
Eggs: This Easter stable is packed full of nutrients. For tips on how to select eggs and their nutritional benefits, check out our blog Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs.
Potatoes: This root veggie is often used in Easter recipes, such as scalloped potatoes. Potatoes can get a bad wrap as being unhealthy, but if served in moderation and combined with healthy fats can actually have nutritional benefits. The trick is to buy organic potatoes, as pesticides can be stored in the potato, which could take away the minerals and vitamins these root veggies have. Also, avoid deep frying potatoes and go for baking/broiling/grilling them with coconut, olive oil, or butter.
Tips for not Overindulging:
I am all for an indulgence, especially on special occasions. I do find that there is a thin line between having a treat and over doing it. Below, are a few tips to help keep you and your family from overdoing it on Easter.
Eat a Good Breakfast. Starting out the day digging into the Easter Basket is tempting. However, this can lead to eating more than a peep or two. Before having any candy have a breakfast with protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Need some ideas? Check out some of our favorite breakfasts:
Step away from the Easter Basket. Sitting in front of a bowl of jelly beans will lead to eating them, surprising I know. 😉 Stepping away from the candy, even for a few minutes can help you stop. Also, try drinking water or eating an egg, a piece of cheese, or vegetable can help get the taste out of your mouth. If all else fails, brush your teeth.
Make a cut off time or amount. This needs to be a clear time or amount. Make sure your family knows this time or amount, then stick to it. Put the candy or treats away. If there is whining or complaining reassure them that they can have some later on. Also, planning an activity will help distract any kids (or adults) from not eating anymore Easter goodies.
Get Active! Go for a walk, head to a park, or as my family often did play a game outside (croquet, anyone?).
What is your favorite Easter Foods? Do you have a family tradition? Post it below!
Eggs and Fun,
Mrs. Know it All