Whether you’re going on a road trip, a camping adventure or just spending holiday time at home with family, Easter is the time for chocolate, hot cross buns, and … more chocolate.
But is there a limit to how much we should be eating?
“Enjoying a bit more chocolate at Easter than you usually would is more than okay for most,” says Accredited Sports Dietitian, Christie Johnson from Sophus Nutrition.
“But, if you’re managing a health condition or looking to stay on track with your habits for the year, then you may want to monitor your chocolate a little closer. Don’t avoid it altogether, but rather enjoy your favourite chocolate in smaller amounts and eat plenty of colour and whole foods throughout the day.”
“For example, starting the day with a protein rich meal, like eggs on toast, will keep you fuller for longer and reduce the temptation to have chocolate Easter eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Christie’s Easter road trip tips
- Pack quality snacks you enjoy, so you’re not tempted by lower quality foods at convenience outlets. Nuts, nuts bars, oat-based cookies, muesli bars, popcorn, cheese and cracker packs, veggie sticks and hummus are great options.
- Stay hydrated. This helps with focus, blood flow, digestion and regular bowel movements while sitting for long periods.
- If you need to stop for some food, look for meals that offer some protein, colour and carbohydrates (ideally grainy options) such as wraps with lean protein and salad, frittatas with salad or service station egg & lettuce sandwiches.
- Enjoy the foods that come with your Easter celebrations
- Plan ahead and make your own Easter sweets if you have time or are looking for something to do – energy balls, sweet potato brownies, carrot cake.
You’ll find more tips for healthy convenience eating, recipes and habit building in the Queensland Corporate nutrition programs available through the Sophus app, which is currently free for Queensland businesses.
To register your business, visit sophus.com.au/qldbusiness.
Text by: Sophus Nutrition