Jul 11, 2017

Managing Easter eats

There is an array of delicious treats associated with Easter. But how do you manage your healthy eating during this tempting time?

Hot cross buns on Good Friday, boiled eggs for breakfast on Easter Sunday, roast lamb for lunch, Simnel cake for tea and Easter biscuits are all traditional Easter treats in the UK. There is also a delicious selection of cakes, breads and doughnuts from around the Christian world that feature sugar, almonds, eggs and cheese - including Pinca from Eastern Europe and Rosquillas from Spain.

And then of course there is all the chocolate. Sweet, sugary milk chocolate eggs are everywhere.

With all this wonderfully tempting food everywhere we look it’s natural to feel the urge to indulge. But if you are pre-diabetic or suffering with Type 2 diabetes you will need to manage what you eat.

Don’t worry about missing out. The first thing to say is that nothing is completely off the menu – just remember ‘all things in moderation’. There are also plenty of tasty alternatives to the full-on chocolate and baked treats on offer. Here are just a few that you can try.

Chocolate: Easter eggs tend to be hollow so they don’t contain as much chocolate as you might think. There are many alternatives available. It’s just important to remember to eat a balanced diet, low in sugar and fat. Try dark chocolate eggs. These tend to have more cocoa mass and less sugar and are therefore more suitable for people with raised glucose levels.

Hot cross buns: Look for buns and recipes for buns with reduced sugar and fat. There are recipes like this one that are suitable for diabetics.

Roast lunch: Lamb tends to be high in fat. Look for a lean alternative. Why not try chicken or turkey? And don’t to forget to include lots of fresh vegetables. If you can’t resist the roast potatoes, cooking them in a low-fat oil will help. Other vegetables could be boiled, steamed or baked.

Simnel cake: Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with marzipan layers traditionally eaten during the middle of Lent and at Easter. Use sweeteners and low card ingredients when making marzipan. The cake often contains candied peel, so avoid using that and look for alternatives that are low in sugar.

Easter biscuits: These are thin fruity biscuits flavoured with mixed spice and cinnamon. They tend to be quite sugary and sometimes they are iced. Find, or bake, sugar-free alternatives and avoid anything with sugar icing.

There’s plenty to enjoy at Easter. There are low sugar and low carb versions of all kinds of Easter treats available to buy or make for yourself so there’s no need to feel left out - even if you are managing your diet carefully.

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