Every year when the Easter bunny comes to town, he seems to bring a whole lot of calories with him. As kids, it seemed to be all about a basket full of sugary sweets and a large family meal (which seemed to hold it’s own treasure trove of fatty foods). More and more people, though, are looking for ways to make healthy changes, not only to our daily lives, but also to our holiday celebrations. Now, that’s not to say you should go throwing your grandmother’s recipes out of the mix, but tweeks, even little ones, can add up to a more nutritious day for the family. So, in the spirit of getting things a “bit more fit”, while still having a good time, Total Nutrition Technology has some ideas for a fun, tasty Easter.
The pre-meal nibble. What’s a holiday get-together without an array of snacks and appetizers to hold you over until the main event? These can be very tempting and a little won’t hurt, but be careful because they can add up fast. There are also some small changes that can help:
It’s dinner time. Everyone seems to have their own traditional Easter dinner, but ham seems to be a popular choice. Lamb can be a leaner option , as well, and so much tastier when picked up at your local butcher. Here are some other ways “to cut the fat”, literally:
Ending on a sweet note. Assuming everyone hasn’t overdosed on chocolate bunnies or eggs, then dessert is next on the menu. You can use your own recipes and possibly find substitutions to make them a little more nutritious, such as coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. Finding a new recipe to try can lead to a new favorite too.
Don’t forget about those baskets. While we’re at it, Easter baskets could use a little updating as well. Instead of just filling them with candy (or adding to your child’s ever-growing stuffed animal collection), throw in a few things that will get them moving. With spring weather upon us, give them a kite, jump rope, sidewalk chalk or anything that gets them out into the fresh air. Many of these items can even be found at your local dollar store. Give their minds a work out , too, with puzzles, mind teasers and arts & crafts.
However you choose to celebrate the holiday, TNT wishes you and your family a happy and healthy Easter!
TNT’s comprehensive approach addresses the entire individual and their needs. We start with an extensive interview, evaluation and assessment. This is followed by a custom-built nutrition plan and exercise guidelines ensuring it fits both their lifestyle and dietary objectives.
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