Easter can mean a chocolate hangover for many, but there are healthier options.
For millions of Australians, chocolate—especially chocolate eggs—are just as much an Easter tradition as going to church. Whether it is a Sunday morning Easter egg hunt, or Easter gifts, it’s hard to avoid indulging your sweet tooth—especially when stores seem to be filling up their displays earlier and earlier in the year.
Chocolate can be irresistible at the best of times, even when we want to say no. When surrounded by it, it becomes almost impossible to resist, for adults as much as children. Given the health concerns that come with over-indulging, there is a case to be made for damage control—and here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
1. Quality over quantity
While Easter eggs and other chocolates often come packed in large amounts, or in mind-boggling sizes, simply giving or buying smaller packages or individual eggs can quickly reduce the amount of chocolate at hand.
Or, buying a higher quality brand of chocolate that gives you less quantity can have the same effect, with the bonus of adding that special touch.
2. Optional extras
If you put on an Easter Egg hunt, consider substituting other items for eggs, or having chocolate as the final item for children to find rather than scattering multiple eggs or treats everywhere.
Another option to distract from the appetite for chocolate eggs is teaching children the art of egg-blowing. This can keep them occupied for hours, as well giving them a souvenir of Easter that will last longer than the time it takes to devour chocolate.
3. Out of sight, out of mind
If, like me, you end up with a surplus of chocolate left over after Easter, it can often end up dumped in a bowl and put out on the kitchen bench or dinner table. It ends up being eaten simply because it’s there, conveniently placed and calling your name every time you walk past.
Putting the leftovers in a sealed container on a high shelf or in a cupboard means that snacking on it requires a deliberate choice, and cuts into those opportunistic handfuls.
4. The gift of healthy giving
If your family has a tradition of giving Easter gifts, consider avoiding the standard chocolate options and take a look at alternatives. Gifts like devotional books may not be as tasty, but can be far more nourishing.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating Easter with chocolate and treats but, like all things, moderation can add to our enjoyment, rather than diminish it. Chocolate tastes even sweeter when you can tell yourself how good you have been!