In Australia we have a long weekend for Easter. Growing up I used to go camping with family and friends. We’d enjoy hot cross buns toasted with butter and honey, marshmallows cooked on sticks on the fire, fish or mum’s tuna mornay bake on Good Friday.
And of course – every easter isn’t easter without chocolates!
But there are ways you can still try to be as healthy as you can be during the Easter break! Here’s a few of my tips that I’ll be using during Easter:
1. Choose dark chocolate
I love dark chocolate. Dark mint chocolate or dark orange chocolate – and you have me at hello!
Why? Dark chocolate (at least 60% to 70%) contains more antioxidants than milk chocolate and has a multitude of health benefits. You see when they process milk chocolate there is a higher fat and calorie count. Stick to a small serving of good quality dark chocolate if you’re going to have some. Try Green & Blacks or Loving Earth.
I have heard lots of good things about Loving Earth chocolate and products – including their Raw Agave chocolate bars (made from 62%organic raw cacao). Once I finish my competition in May I’m definitely putting an order in on their website to try out their Buckini’s, cacao powder and Raw organic Coconut Cashew cream!
2. Stay active
Plan ahead and have a think about your regular workout schedule. If you’re not going anywhere for the break, easy – stick to your schedule. If your gym has special Easter hours, plan your workouts around that.
If you are going away for the break, that doesn’t mean you just take a few days off. I mean you’re more than welcome to have some time off, or perhaps go for an early morning walk instead.
I’m choosing to add in a few cardio sessions. I’ll go for a couple of runs, but also add in some sprint interval training on the treadmill and a few weights sessions using my boyfriend’s mum’s gym equipment (yes she’s got a mini gym setup in her garage/shed!) :)
3. Choose 1-2 cheat meals
Hey you can relax too. After all it’s an extra long weekend!
I know I’ll be choosing hot cross buns for breakfast as one of my cheats! Yum! My favourite is two buns, cut in half, re-attached, wrapped in foil and pop in an oven for 10mins. Pop on a plate, add butter and honey. Every Easter! Yum!
Choose something that you love – or something you really feel like so you don’t feel like it’s a waste!
Remember to take the long weekend (if you don’t have to work that is) to relax. Catch up with friends and family, read your favourite magazine, or open that book you’ve been meaning to read. Take some time to unwind and relax! ;)
I’m featured over at Rhi’s blog “Hummingbirdssong” today – thanks for the guest post opportunity! ;) Head on over to check out my post on goal setting!