ASK THE EXPERT
How do I get through Easter without succumbing to a choc coma?
Q I feel like I am surrounded by chocolate at this time of year, and I find it hard to strike a healthy balance. How do I get through Easter without a chocolate coma? Joel D, via email
We agree — it can be hard to avoid chocolate at this time of year, but try not to be too hard on yourself. Enjoying treats now and again in moderation is perfectly healthy as part of a balanced diet. So, there’s no need to ban the Easter bunny!
But if you find it hard to stop after a couple of small eggs, we’ve got five useful tips to help you beat the chocolate coma:
1 Buy individually portioned treats with less than 600kJ per serve instead of bottomless bags of eggs or jumbo-sized bunnies.
2 Hatch a plan to avoid going overboard. Ask yourself if you would rather enjoy your treats for morning tea, as an afternoon snack, or for dessert — rather than opting for all three!
3 Choose quality dark chocolate instead of cheap compound chocolate. A little goes a long way!
4 Aim to be mindful when eating treats during Easter or just after. Do you really feel like it, or are you only eating because it’s left over or offered? Perhaps you’re just bored or stressed, and a desk break will do the trick.
5 Before diving into the box of chocolates, make sure you’ve had a healthy meal or snack first. It will help you avoid eating a whole bunny — rather than just an ear!