Worried the Easter long weekend will undo all the effort you've put into your health? Fitness guru and Lifestyle's newest health expert, Kim Beach, shares her best tips to help avoid a sugar binge during the holiday.
I love Easter: the awesome four day weekend, uninterrupted time with my family and, of course, the sweet treats! Yet, I know the eating side of things can be a challenge when it comes to balancing your chocolate consumption with your health and fitness goals.
I've always found the key to getting the balance right is to set your expectations ahead of time - perhaps this means not having chocolate for breakfast, or setting a limit to the number of eggs you're allowed to eat each day - and also making sure you have some healthy treats on hand to curb any sugar cravings. I find this is the best way to enjoy myself over Easter without raiding the family's chocolate stash!
I've always been a fan of making my own healthy treats so I know exactly what has gone into them. This makes me feel good about eating them and sharing them with my friends and family.
This year, I've created some brand new recipes that I and the kids love! The Spiced Easter Balls recipe contains similar flavours and ingredients to a hot cross bun - ensuring they feel appropriately festive but without all that sugar. They also make the perfect lunchbox treat for school or work.
My Choc-Raspberry Cream Eggs are also extremely simple to make and you don't have to be a wiz in the kitchen to give them a go. The best part is that they look like an Easter egg, making them the perfect healthy substitute to store-bought chocolate treats.
I really hope you get a chance to try these new recipes and that you have a fabulous Easter - complete with some yummy treats!