Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping on the bunny scale, hippity hoppity, how much does he weigh?
OK, those aren’t the exact lyrics to the perennial Easter favorite. And, besides, a proper rabbit would never discuss such things.
But if weight loss is high on your list of goals this spring, you may find yourself trying to avoid pastel-colored store displays and classic television commercials in which bunnies cluck like chickens.
That’s not to say that you still can’t enjoy a festive Easter basket with the rest of the big kids – even as you pursue a slimmer shape and a healthier lifestyle.
Check out these sweet and healthy Easter treats that won’t wreak your waistline:
- Popcorn and Mini M&Ms – Pick the pastel variety of everyone’s favorite treat that melts in your mouth and not in your hands, and sprinkle liberally throughout a bucket of unsalted, unbuttered popcorn. Health benefit: The smattering of mini chocolate candies provides that singular satisfaction for your sweet tooth, while serving up far fewer calories than a solid chocolate bunny. And you may be surprised to find out that air-popped popcorn is a whole grain food that is high in several nutrients, like Vitamin B3 and Iron. It is also a prime source of fiber and antioxidants.
- Hard-boiled eggs – They’re incredible, edible, and if you have kids, chances are you’re going to be dyeing them anyway. Hide them in Easter baskets or around the house for an early Easter morning hunt – just be sure to hold a few back for yourself. Health benefit: Hard boiled eggs may be one of the most perfect treats ever. At 80 calories altogether - 60 percent of which come from fat – they’re low in calories but incredibly high in protein and nutrients. In fact, hard boiled eggs are considered to have the highest amount of protein of all foods.
- Carrots – A splash of color, the suggestion of a bunny, and improved eyesight? Happy Easter, everybody! Plan to assemble a healthy Easter display for your family? Get creative. Health benefit: We’ve already covered carrots’ contribution to 20/20 vision. But you may not have known that these vegetables are also good for your heart and brain, as well. Studies have shown that women who eat more orange colored vegetables lower their risks of developing heart diseases, while antioxidants such as beta-carotene can ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Homemade fruit leather – This may not sound entirely appetizing, but as a substitute for the chewy sweetness of jelly beans – these treats can’t be beat. And because they require just one jar of unsweetened applesauce, a baking pan, and access to an oven – they are ridiculously simple to make. Health benefit: No surprise here. Dried fruits are a phenomenal source of fiber, calcium, iron, and more – all nutrients that are critical in the fight against fatigue and several other health concerns.
Just like that, we’ve filled a basket with healthy Easter treats. Of course, conscientious snacking will only get you so far this spring. For ideal results, nutritional changes should be paired with a quality personal training program. Why not hop on over to Fitness Together and speak to one of our certified trainers? Or give us a call at 410-750-2228 to learn more.