We think someone must have been watching the Mouths of Mums office this week (and rolling their eyes)! As Easter treats of all shapes and sizes rolled in and we rubbed our tummies, the kilojoule counter no doubt shot up and then went off the richter scale. Yes, our plan to diet over Easter has well and truly headed South!
We’ve had Hot Cross Buns with real butter (!) and all possible variety of chocolate thanks to all the wonderful friends of MoM. So you can imagine that we all looked a little sheepish when we received this advice hot off the presses from Australia’s leading accredited practising dietician, Karen Inge.
According to Karen, just because you’re losing weight and plan to stick to your diet over Easter doesn’t mean you have to forsake the foods you love when it comes to Easter. “You can eat Easter eggs, just not 50! she says (and we breathe a sigh of relief).
“Be warned however; to burn off the kilojoules in one 200g milk chocolate Easter egg, you may have to jog for 3 hours to prevent it from adding to your waist line!
Karen shared that from her years of experience, she has collected the following TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING EASTER;
1. Choose smaller Easter Eggs
2. Understand Easter foods should be celebrated on one day – it’s not a month long celebration
3. Swap chocolate hot cross buns for regular hot cross buns
4. Easter is over, give away all your left over eggs.
You could even suggest your friends give you alternative gifts other than chocolate to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals,” said Karen.
“It’s important to balance your treats with healthy food. Karen consults to Jenny Craig and shares that a big part of the Jenny program is to not deny yourself the foods you love; this way you’re more likely to stay on track. You can have your cake and eat it too – just a different kind of cake and one that is portion controlled!”
“Try and gear your social activities around being more active and having fun. For example, an Easter egg hunt with the family or getting out in the park for a picnic will help burn off those extra treats consumed on Easter Sunday.
To recap (and remind those of us who are choosing to read this sage advice in denial), Karen Inge’s Easter Survival Guide:
1. Size does matter: Buy small individually wrapped eggs instead of the biggest egg you can find! A 100g milk chocolate egg contains about 500 calories (2100 kJ), which can be up to a third of your daily intake if you are trying to lose weight. Unwrapping each egg will help you to eat less in one sitting.
2. Quality over quantity: Have a small piece of good quality chocolate instead of a large amount of basic chocolate. Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate as it has a higher percentage of cocoa (70-85%), which will leave you satisfied with smaller portions. Plus, cocoa contains antioxidants which have been shown in research to have a positive impact on heart disease*.
3. Easter is one day – celebrate THAT day only: Easter eggs and hot cross buns are for sale months in advance. Avoid turning Easter into a month long binge festival.
4. Only buy what you need: Don’t eat with your eyes.We often tend to buy more eggs and bunnies and end up with too many in the pantry at home. Write a list of people you need to buy eggs for and stick to it. Don’t include your own name on this list!
5. Give alternative gifts: Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate. Alternative gifts could include fresh fruits, nuts and painted eggs. Non-edible gifts such as books, toys and flowers are great gift ideas.
In case you’re still not convinced, Karen supplied the following figures. OK, so now we’re shocked and we’ve done a quick distribution of the sweet Easter treats and are sending them home for the MoM Easter bunny to distribute on Easter Sunday!
* Easter treats calorie counts:
• 2 x mini solid Easter eggs = 300kJ (70 calories)
• 1 x small hollow egg (20g) = 580kJ (140 calories)
• 1 x mini Hot Cross Bun (40g) = 460kJ (110 calories)
• 1 x medium Hot Cross Bun (65g) = 880kJ (210 calories)
From the Mouths of Mums team to every single mum out there in our community, we wish you and your families a wonderful, safe, restful and peaceful Easter. For those of you who celebrate the religious origins of Easter, God Bless and for those who see it as a lovely chance to spend time with family, all the best.
We’ll look forward to catching up post Easter … but be warned! We will be checking in to see how many Easter Eggs passed your gorgeous lips!
Much MoM Love,
This post compiled by Nikki Hills, Mum of 4 and Founder of Mouths of Mums®. Nikki has worked in marketing, advertising and communications for close to 20 years and created Mouths of Mums® to give real mums a space to connect and trial and review products for free. Mouths of Mums® was also founded to give brands the opportunity to connect with real mums and truly understand what they need to do in order to deliver products that meet mums’ needs and will therefore be embraced by real mums.