Easter Recap

EASTER… What a glorious day of celebrating the resurrection. Of course, Easter also means a large lunch meal and baskets full of candy. How did you make the Easter meal healthy for you?

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Did you enjoy a hard boiled egg or two? Eggs are very good for you! They’ve gotten a bad name over the years because of the cholesterol content, but did you know about these health benefits?

– they are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial to eye health. They help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

– eggs are a complete protein and contain 6 grams of it.

– they are rich in choline. Choline is an essential nutrient (read: you need to consume it) and is vital for brain and muscle control.

– of the 5 grams of total fat in the egg, only 1.5 of it is saturated.

– it contains about 45 IU of Vitamin D. While only just a part of the total Vitamin D you need each day, this one of the few foods that contains it naturally.

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What was on the rest of the menu?

*Roasted Chicken (recipe here; No ham at my house. Not only did I want to create a healthy meal for the family, but few of us actually like ham anyway. ha. But, yes, you can enjoy in moderation. Keep in mind even a reduced sodium variety can contain around 700mg per serving (remember 1500-2300 or less is recommended).)

*Quinoa pilaf (my own creation of quinoa, dried cranberries, dried apricots, feta, , garbanzo beans, toasted almonds. yummm)

*Roasted aparagus (sprayed with canola oil spray and a little s&p sprinkled on top)

*Fruit salad (strawberries, pineapple, banana)

*Deviled eggs (the one “traditional” food of the day courtesy of my mother-in-law…yummmm)

*Carrot cake (our splurge!! And when you each such a healthy meal, you can afford a sweet treat)

*Baskets: we didn’t have them!! It was sad, but also good. We got away with buying just one bag of reese eggs to share among everyone. If we did have baskets, I would have been sure to fill them up with DARK chocolate.

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To top off the day, my running buddy and I met up for an easy 13 mile long run (thankfully it was a step back week). We learned that even when we eat healthy, that much food in our belly is not a good idea… Ha! At least I ended the day in a calorie deficit… 🙂

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What was on YOUR plate? Any good and healthy dishes out there?

Coming soon: 5 belly busting foods; a typical day of food (for me); let me know what topics you would like to see!

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