10 Ways to stay Healthy this Easter
Easter is right around the corner, literally. It’s also one of my favorite holidays to spend with my family. Not only for the true meaning behind it, but the fun traditions as well. My family and I always have a huge family dinner together, have an Easter egg hunt, and color Easter eggs. Even though I’m 23 years old, I still receive Easter baskets full of goodies as well. Don’t judge – they’re awesome! It makes me feel like a kid again.
My mom always fills my basket up with cans of Pringles, peanut butter eggs, bags of chips, candy bars, and more candy. This year, things are going to be different! My sister and boyfriend will also be making up a basket for me and they have been warned as well – fill it with healthy foods! I know what you’re thinking, what kind of Easter basket has healthy foods and no sweets? I’m here to tell you some healthy foods that you’ll love! I’m also going to give a list of 10 other ways to stay healthy as well. Just because it’s a holiday, doesn’t mean you can slack on your nutrition and fitness. So let’s get started!
One of my favorite things to snack on it anything filled with peanut butter, but if it’s glazed with chocolate? My heart simply melts. After carefully doing some research on healthy little candies, I found a recipe that seemed doable.
Protein Snickers Bar
For the bottom chocolate layer:
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein (I’ll be using chocolate shakeology)
- 1.5 TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 packet of stevia
- 2 TBS of almond flour
- ¼ cup of water
For the caramel peanut butter:
- ¼ cup peanut butter (or pb2)
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- 1.5 TBS of all natural honey
- ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
- ¼ TSP salt
For the chocolate topping
- 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 TSP coconut oil
- 2 packets of stevia
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the bottom chocolate layer with just enough water to make a thick batter. Spread this over your parchment paper in a large rectangular shape.
In a small saucepan, heat honey over medium heat until boiling (be sure to constantly stir while the mixture is heating). Remove from heat and quickly add your peanut butter, vanilla protein, and salt. Stir until mixture is well combined, then pour over your parchment paper. Spread mixture out on top of your chocolate layer and sprinkle peanuts on top (work as quickly as possible).
In another small saucepan, heat the chocolate and coconut oil until melted. Add the stevia then pour chocolate over your peanut layer. Spread and smooth the chocolate out with the back of a spoon. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours or until hardened. Remove and cut into 10 bars. Store in freezer. Enjoy!
Calories per bar: 120
Fat: 7.6 g
Carbs: 7 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 8 g
Weight Watchers Points: 3 per bar.
Compare that to any type of candy out there and you’ll be amazed! Plus these are much healthier. Now, on to some other ways to stay healthy this holiday.
To ways to stay healthy for Easter
- The first option is what I said above, eliminating candy bars and replacing them with homemade ones.
- Instead of giving bags of chips, find a healthy alternative. Special K cracker chips are healthy and taste amazing. Less calories and less fat compared to other brands. Pita chips are also a great alternative, get the plain ones. These go great with hummus or salsa!
- Don’t have time or the extra money to make your own candy bars? Try buying healthier ones. You don’t need snickers when you get pick up some Weight Watchers bars. These are light in points (plus calories and fat) and are loaded with chocolate. This will satisfy your craving! For the men, get them some protein bars. This will make them happy and fill them up compared to snickers.
- Get a workout in! Sunday might not be ideal to workout, especially if you wake up early, go to church, and then eat family dinner. So try go harder Saturday. For me, I’m doing a two-a-day workout. Waking up early, doing some TurboFire and then adding some P90X to the mix. This way, you won’t feel so guilty if you do splurge a little.
- Portion Control. You don’t need 5 cups of noodles, 4 stuffing balls, and a lot of ham to be happy. Cut everything in half! Also, try staying away from red meats. This is hard for your body to break down and is loaded in fat and sodium. Or, if you can’t stay away, limit your intake. Eat slow and allow your body the chance to feel full before stuffing yourself.
- Water. I learned a helpful little tip with water; drink a glass before your meal. But try to avoid drinking a lot of water during your meal, because this makes it harder for your body to digest. Only drink if you absolutely need to. The more water you drink, the better. This will help flush out the toxins in your body.
- Participate in the Easter egg hunt. Even if you don’t want to find the eggs, tag along with a kid. This will be a nice little exercise and great bonding time with your family.
- No extras. I simply mean don’t be adding extra ingredients to the food that you don’t need. You don’t know what the person added to the food. Avoid adding extra salt, as this makes your body retain water and bloat. Not only do you look big, you feel big… which makes you feel crappy. Also, don’t add the extra gravy to everything. It’s one thing to add a small amount to mashed potatoes, but you don’t need it on your noodles and stuffing.
- Veg Head. Go lighter on the breads and go heavier on the vegetables.
- Breakfast. Eat a bigger and healthier breakfast in the morning to fill you up, that way you don’t go heavy on the lunch or dinner. A bigger breakfast also helps boost your metabolism, which helps to burn more calories throughout the day. Win win!
Here is also a post healthy tip: If you get the chance to color Easter eggs, save the eggs. Hard boiled eggs are great in protein and fill you up. I add them to my salads, breakfast, or just a simple fast snack. These go a long way and the best part is, they’re already done!
Do you have any tips to add to this list? Message or comment here and let me know! The more tips, the better!