Q. “Easter is my favourite time of year and I just can’t help myself with all those chocolate eggs and hot cross buns around! How do I survive Easter without undoing my healthy eating goals?”
— Elizabeth, via email
A. Brooke Longfield, Healthy Food Guide Accredited Practising Dietitian responds:
Eating a few extra chocolates at Easter won’t undo your ongoing healthy diet. But remember that Easter is four days long. And, Easter treats have been adorning store shelves since New Year’s, so the temptation to indulge has been around for much, much longer.
My first tip is try to steer clear of hot cross buns and chocolate eggs until Easter actually arrives. Then, keep the treats for a single time of day — perhaps as an after-dinner treat, or a 3pm snack. This way, you won’t be grazing on choccie eggs all day long.
And be portion wise. Instead of buying large bags of eggs and giant chocolate bunnies, choose individually wrapped treats. See p24 for our perfectly-portioned Easter treats.
When selecting chocolates, choose quality over quantity. A few squares of quality dark chocolate may be just as satisfying as a huge egg made of cheap compound chocolate (which is mostly sugar and not much cocoa). Select the treat that really tickles your fancy and sit down undistracted and enjoy every mouthful.
By taking your time to savour your favourite Easter treats, you are less likely to crave for more.
Then, when the Easter is finally over, consider giving away leftover chocolates so that they aren’t sitting in your cupboard calling to be eaten.