With Easter just days away, I wanted to share with you some tips to help you stay on track over Easter and also give you a delicious, yet nutritious recipe so that you can have your cake and eat it too.
Below I cover my tips on how to stay on track over Easter, plus a couple of clean Easter recipes.
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My Easter Tips!
The first point I want to touch on is that weekends and festive holidays should not be used as an excuse to just gorge and binge. Of course, there is room for a little indulgence but there is no need to turn one meal in to a four-day food fest. Try to keep yourself focused on your goals and treat it like any other weekend, one treat and then move on.
In saying this, you should never feel deprived, you can definitely have your cake (or in this case chocolate) and eat it too without the guilt; here’s how:
Having chocolate for breakfast, especially if on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar levels and put you on a hunger and energy spiraling roller coaster. Your insulin levels are most sensitive in the morning, which is why I always choose to have my cheat meals in the afternoons or evening when we are less sensitive to spiking our hormones as they are at their lowest here.
Keep It Clean
Choosing a raw and vegan chocolate option made with raw cacao or low sugar options will do less damage to your waistline. I love getting creative in the kitchen at this time and making my own paleo chocolate with stevia for a sugar free alternative. Loving Earth or Pana Chocolate are great options for easily accessible, store purchased items. They are lower in sugar and use coconut sugar rather than refined sugars. Coconut sugar causes less of an insulin spike and is lower GI. King William chocolate is also another option, which is sugar free and can be bought from Coles or Woolworths.
Watch Your Portions
Choose just one day or time to have your treats, for example, perhaps you’re having a family get together on Easter Sunday and your mum is making her famous dessert and you don’t want to miss out. This would be a great time to have your treat, serve yourself a reasonable portion and stick only to this meal. If you really struggle to stay on track and accountable, I suggest keeping a food diary and log everything you eat. Research shows that people who record what they eat are less likely to binge or mindlessly eat. If you are a fan of IIFYM, you can also “account” for your treat, if you know you’re going to have one, factoring it in to your macros for the day.
While you have extra time over the public holidays – TRAIN! HIIT sessions are going to be particular effective if you know you’re going to be having a treat. If you combine lots of short sharp intervals at maximum effort with plyometric exercises or cardio movements super-setted with heavier, weighted sets, you’ll burn calories fast.
Not only that, but your body continues to burn energy for hours post HIIT as your metabolic rate stays high. The more fuel you burn off via exercise, the more it will counterbalance the extra calorie input.
When your body is nourished correctly with micro and macronutrients you are less likely to crave “naughty” foods, you are also going to be more satiated from “real” food, thus you will be less likely to over consume on the treat foods. So my biggest tip is to make sure you are always filling up on you veggies and protein first and then, if you choose to have some dessert you can.
Don’t deny your cravings, have a little treat… however, you are not allowed to feel guilty about it. Guilt and stress causes cortisol to rise which changes our hormones and can lead to the storage of fat. So if you’re going to eat, make a conscious choice to do so, then enjoy it, from start to finish! Don’t add in hours and hours of extra cardio to counter balance it, don’t starve yourself the next day. Focus on mindful eating and having a healthy relationship with food.
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
If you’re like me, if you can see it, you’ll be tempted by it. After your treat meal, get rid of the leftovers. Give the excess choccie to family or friends so you aren’t being tortured by temptation.
My Easter Recipes!
I am a huge chocolate lover, and these two paleo recipes are some of my favourites to make on the Easter Holiday to share with my family.
HOT CROSS BLISS BITES
You will need:
- 1 cup roasted almonds
- 12 medjool dates – pitted
- 1 teaspoon cacao
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice or nutmeg and cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped Loving Earth Chocolate or Enjoy Life choc chips
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Place the almonds, dates and spices into a food processor and mix until the ingredients resemble a dough.
- Add the raisins and chocolate and pulse for a second just to combine.
- Shape the mixture into balls and place in the fridge to set.
EASY CHOCOLATE FUDGE
You will need:
- 1/2 cup cashew or almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, or sugar free maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cacao
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or cream
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of pink or sea salt
- place everything in to a blender and mix until combined.
- Pour in to chocolate moulds or pour in to a flat tray (you can cut your own squares once set)
- Place in the freezer to set.
- Store in the freezer as well
Happy Easter My Loves