Easter and school holidays are coming, but that doesn’t mean sugar-highs or crashes, because I’ve got some tips for your Easter break to ensure you have a Wholesome and importantly tasty celebration.
While this is a chocolate-filled holiday, your kids don’t have to miss out and you as the parent don’t have to panic. Now I always advocate that children should eat a healthy, balanced diet, but during a festive holiday, you just need to know that there are healthy alternatives to offer.
It’s important not to demonise sugar and chocolate at this time too! Make it clear to your little ones that these are ‘sometimes foods’ and can still be enjoyed in moderation.
Let’s tuck into some simple swaps and creative recipes to see you through Easter…
1. Quality over quantity
When you treat yourself with good quality chocolate and eggs, you’ll find you’re satisfied with less. Leave eggs filled with lollies, cream fillings and extra sweets on the shelf, and reach for plain, hollow eggs made from dark chocolate.
You could even purchase your own dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa) melt it and pour it into egg or bunny moulds. There are brands like Lindt, Alter Eco & Sweet William that are offering Dark Choc and Nasty free, Easter eggs and bunnies. You can also try making my Creamy Choc Eggs.
2. Hot Cross Muffins, anyone?
The smell of Hot Cross Buns just screams Easter! But they’re often filled with refined sugar and processed ingredients. So instead of missing out, whip up a batch of my Hot Cross Muffins. They have the same delicious flavour and none of the nasties, in fact, they’re even gluten-free. You’ll be converted for good. I have also found there are a few store-bought versions that contain no nasties, but would strongly advise these are a “sometimes” food, when offering to your kids.
3. Don’t eat treats on an empty stomach
Allowing kids to eat a whole chocolate egg first thing in the morning is a recipe for disaster. Keep chocolate as an after-meal snack, that way they won’t have a huge spike in their blood sugar and subsequent crash, which ends up being unpleasant for everyone! Sugar intake has less of an impact on blood sugar levels when paired with protein and healthy fats, so keep the chocs out of sight until after little ones have filled up on a protein-rich celebratory meal.
4. Have fun with Easter craft
Easter is about so much more than just chocolate eggs. Getting the kids busy with craft activities can be heaps of fun. Make Easter bonnets, try egg dipping or felting, or create Easter chicks and bunnies with pompoms. Fill a vase with branches and hang with decorated eggs to create your own Easter tree. Use a mix of hard-boiled, dyed eggs and good-quality mini chocolate eggs in your Easter egg hunt, and hide them far and wide so your little ones get plenty of exercise in racing around!
By Mandy Sacher from Wholesome Child
I hope you enjoy your break with your families! If you need any further advice, please sign up to the Wholesome Child Academy, there’s a free shopping guide to help navigate the supermarket. Looking for easy recipes for Easter? There’s cake and choc recipes in the 4-Ingredient Snack Pack.
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