How To Have A Healthy Easter!
It's no secret that Australians love Easter and all the treats spread out across the long weekend, from hot cross buns to all those fabulous chocolate eggs. Australians are the number one consumers of chocolate Easter eggs in the world, according to the Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia – despite eating less than half the per capita chocolate of Switzerland.
But with around three in four people affected by some form of dairy intolerance, one in seven experiencing a gluten sensitivity (according to the Food Intolerance Institute of Australia), and millions more choosing not to eat animal products or highly processed foods for ethical or health reasons, it's not always easy to find healthy Easter options.
Emily Foy, a Sydney mother of two, said she wasn't looking forward to Easter after her five-year-old daughter Charlotte was diagnosed as a coeliac with a dairy intolerance last year.
“This will be our first Easter since Charlotte was diagnosed and we've really been dreading it. We love hot cross buns and Easter eggs as much as the next person but it's not fair to have them around her,” Emily says.
“I was going to try and make gluten and dairy free buns and Easter eggs but they never would've looked or tasted the same. But we've found ‘MooFree’ eggs are packaged the same as other eggs so she gets the excitement of opening a treat from the Easter Bunny and they taste delicious, even without dairy. Because all the ingredients are natural and organic, I know it’s better for her too.”
Healthy Life nutritionist Cayte Moxom says there's a huge range of chocolate available these days from cocoa to cacao and anyone choosing products at the right end of the spectrum can enjoy a treat, while also receiving some flow-on health benefits.
“There are products made from raw, organic, cacao (not to be confused with cocoa) that may contain less of the bad stuff like refined sugars and preservatives, and more of the good stuff such as powerful antioxidants and minerals that can help with memory, provide a mood boost and support good cardiovascular health,” Cayte says.
“As with any treat, it's best to indulge in moderation and choose quality over quantity.”
Cayte Moxom's tips for a healthy Easter:
- Organic Times Easter Eggs: For lovers of premium quality chocolate, these eggs are made with couverture chocolate, are fair trade, certified organic, free of gluten, dairy, GMOs and palm oil – and the packaging is made from recycled cardboard.
- Moo Free Easter Eggs: While these eggs taste like milk chocolate, they are DF, GF, soy free, wheat free, lactose-free, casein free, organic, VG, VE and free of food allergens. Moo Free also has the royal seal of approval winning Queen Elizabeth II's Award for Enterprise 2016 – the highest official UK award for British businesses.
- The Carob Kitchen Easter Eggs: Great for kids, these eggs are organic, carob treats that are GF, DF, have no added sugar and are 99% caffeine free.
- Ancient Grains Gourmet Hot Cross Buns: Hand-crafted, traditionally baked and made from organic flour, these buns are friendlier on the gut and GF options are available.
- Bowan Island Gourmet Hot Cross Bun: All natural and great tasting, Sydney’s original sourdough bakery is offering traditional and Belgian chocolate hot cross buns.
You can find all these products at Healthy Life stores, there are more than 50 across Australia http://healthylife.com.au/home/
Enjoy your Easter guilt free!