Chocolate and hot cross buns are always in season, but now Easter is upon us the temptation to indulge increases! To help maintain your health and fitness during Easter and beyond, our Dietitian Olivia Warnes shares some helpful nutrition tips.

CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Go with your favourite brand and choose dark chocolate where possible. The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants it contains. Aiming for 60-70% cocoa is a good option.

DON’T BUY IN BULK

Resist the urge to buy a number of bags of small eggs or multiple packets of hot cross buns – the ‘2 for $5’ deals can be very tempting. It can be hard to stop at 1-2 small eggs, so if you happen to receive a plentiful supply, share the love with family and friends.

GIVE INTO YOUR CRAVINGS AND SAVOUR THE MOMENT

Resisting cravings can lead to overindulgence. The Mindful Eating experts have demonstrated you will obtain greater enjoyment and satisfaction by eating slowly and thinking about how good it tastes and feels in your mouth. Give it a go!

BE CREATIVE

Consider melting a few Easter eggs and using the chocolate to dip sliced fruit in. It would make for a great platter for a social gathering and boosts your intake of vitamins and minerals, while enjoying a sweet treat.

DON’T FORGET THE RABBIT FOOD

Whilst cut-up veggie sticks and dip (non-chocolate) doesn’t sound as exciting, they will fill you up and provide quality nutrients without the kilojoules. Don’t forget the nutrient-rich snacks!

BE HEALTH AND FITNESS FOCUSED WITH THE BUNS

Whilst cut-up veggie sticks and dip (non-chocolate) doesn’t sound as exciting, they will fill you up and provide quality nutrients without the kilojoules. Don’t forget the nutrient-rich snacks!

 

 

 

 

 

N.B. Adjust portions / spreads pending fitness goals and exercise demands.

NUTRITION PROFILE OF A FEW CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS