By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
If you celebrate Easter, you are probably familiar with traditional Easter baskets, filled with an assortment of candy treats. Jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps, Cadbury eggs and malted milk robins eggs. And, if the Easter Bunny knows you are a true chocoholic, maybe a large solid chocolate bunny.
It’s nice to enjoy these treats when this time of year comes around, but, they can add up fast. How do you keep yourself from poking around in your child’s basket?
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: out of site, out of mind. Once the baskets are out, make sure they stay out. If you know you will not be able to control yourself around all that extra chocolate, hide it away or give it away to your guests.
If candy is just too tempting, try some non-edible treats, such as coloring eggs with your little ones. Make it into an activity. Walk, or run, off those candy calories by Easter egg hunting. Hide the eggs in areas where you really have to stretch and squat down to retrieve them. You can even participate in a spoon relay race with your kids, where you have to balance an egg on your spoon while racing from a starting line to a finish line. Make it fun and exciting. You won’t even realize that you are actually getting a workout!
And don’t forget, eggs are the classic feature during Easter. Why not pop one of those nutrient-rich delights into your mouth and step away from the candy basket? FYI: 1 egg contains about 70 calories, while a solid chocolate bunny contains about 230 calories.
What are your secrets for getting through the spring holidays?
Have a Happy Easter and Passover!