The Easter Bunny is headed to town, and he's bringing plenty of anticipation along with him. This spring holiday is usually all about chocolate and candy, but it doesn’t have to be. While the kids are in the backyard hunting for hidden eggs, head into the kitchen and whip up a light and healthy brunch to celebrate the holiday and offset some of the candy that’s floating around.
These 4 meal ideas are just the right amount of festive for your Easter brunch, and they won't cause that extra holiday weight gain.
This Easter staple isn’t normally on the healthy menu, but a minor indulgence during the holiday season is fine. Ham does pack a good amount of protein, but those with sodium sensitivities will want to go easy. High in sodium (and occasionally high in fat), ham, spiraled or fresh, shouldn’t be on the daily menu, but a slice during the Easter season is a good way to enjoy the protein option.
Frittatas are a great addition to any Easter brunch because you can pack them full of vegetables and sub out some of the egg yolks in favor of lower fat egg whites. To make your spring-inspired frittata pop, add asparagus, peppers, spinach and some Feta cheese. This delicious frittata will taste rich and indulgent, all while providing vitamin-rich vegetables.
There is no better way to usher in the springtime with a super light and refreshing fruit salad. Include strawberries, pineapple, grapes and cantaloupe into the mix. You can also add blueberries, blackberries, and kiwi into the salad to give it a bit more bite and kick. Add a dash of lemon juice to prevent browning and serve up the salad cold. Fruit salads feel like a special treat because of the sweet nature of fruit, but you won’t have the added calories and fat from candy.
Granola and Yogurt
Whether you craft parfaits ahead of time or create a make your own bar, granola and yogurt should be a brunch staple, on Easter or any given Sunday. To make your own "parfait bar,” place granola, berries and several different yogurt options in bowls and platters. Then allow your guests to build a parfait in a mason jar. Honey can be used as a natural sweetener for plain yogurt.
If you want to learn more about getting fit and eating right when Easter is finally over, give me a call. I can help you clean up your workout and your diet, so next Easter you’ll look and feel amazing.
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