Hello divas! I hope you had a fabulous pre-Easter week and are ready for another week ahead. I love Easter. It is a time to reflect and spend time with family. If your family is like my family, this means another holiday meal. Some have an Easter brunch, but my family always has a big meal following Easter service at church. And as with every other holiday meal, I am constantly trying to find ways to both enjoy a family meal but not totally kill my healthy eating plan. And believe me it is hard. Especially once you start thinking about all the yummy desserts and Easter candy. So today I am sharing 5 easy ways to enjoy Easter dinner and not kill your diet.
Eat a good breakfast. You can’t always decide what will be served at Easter brunch or dinner. I have such a large family that everyone brings different items and not all my family members have as healthy a diet as I do. One thing you can control is what you eat for breakfast. Be sure to have a good, healthy, filling breakfast to start your day. Not only will it keep you fuller longer, but it will jump-start your metabolism and hopefully help you burn some of those extra calories. Check out some of my healthy breakfast recipes for some ideas including my veggie omelette bites, healthy crockpot breakfast casserole or veggie egg scramble.
Drink lots of water. As with almost all diet tips, water is key. Drink lots of it. Water is a great way to naturally detox your body which means that it will help push some of the bad stuff through your digestive system quickly.
Fill up on veggies. This may or may not be an option. I know with my family, we have veggies. Of course they are all in casseroles and other dishes that may not be the healthiest option (we are southerners after all 🙂 ). But if you can, try to each some raw veggies and/or salad first before hitting the other stuff. This will fill you up and lead to eating less of the more fattening items.
Remember those serving sizes. Ahh. Serving sizes. This is always a difficult thing for me at holiday meals. What I think may be a perfectly good serving of my mom’s hash brown casserole may actually be 2-3 servings. Try to remember what a serving size of veggies and meat are if you can. I typically try to get just a spoonful of several of my favorite dishes. This way I get to sample, but I won’t overeat to badly. This works really well when it’s time to hit the dessert table.
Don’t sit still. Try to move around. Eating then napping on the couch won’t help in digesting the food. Take a walk after you eat. Hunt Easter eggs in the yard with the kids. The more you move, the better you will feel.
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