Easter is a time to enjoy time with loved ones and usually involves a large meal and sweet treats. What better way to start a new family tradition than with healthy recipes that are both delicious and good for you? Whether you’re a fan of spicy and bold flavors or sweet and tender dishes, there’s something here that will please your palate. Impress your guests with luscious and irresistible dishes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
Before we get into healthy recipes for sweet Easter treats, let’s lay a good foundation of how to have a healthy Easter.
1. Choose Healthy Recipes That Are Packed with Flavor:
Look for options that feature bold spices or sweet and tender ingredients, like roasted vegetables or grilled chicken. These dishes will satisfy your cravings while keeping you on track towards your health goals.
2. Fill up on Bright and Pretty Salads:
Instead of loading up on heavy, calorie-laden sides, opt for fresh and colorful salads. These bright salads will be a feast for the eyes and your stomach. Veggies will help you feel more satiated, so you’re less likely to reach for an unhealthy snack.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Enjoy a Treat in Moderation:
It’s okay to indulge in your favorite holiday treats, as long as you do so mindfully. Savor each bite and make sure to balance it out with plenty of healthier options throughout the meal. By finding a healthy balance between indulgence and good choices, you’ll impress yourself and fan those around you with how wonderful eating healthy can be!
4. Plan Ahead!
Go into the gathering with a plan to fill up on proteins and veggies. This will help you indulge in moderation. If you’re not hosting, bring a dish that’s a healthy recipe, so you know there’s at least one item that will be on track for you. Think through if there’s anyone who will be in attendance that you can make healthy choices with: a spouse, cousin or grandparent? If you have a plan to stay on track with your healthy diet, you are more likely to succeed!
5. Be Active:
Try to go on a walk or engage in other exercise the day of a get together. If that’s not possible, be active the day before and after!
So go ahead and enjoy some guilt-free goodness this Easter! These non-sugary treats are great for impressing your guests too, whether they’re fans of spicy and bold flavors or sweet and tender dishes. With these perfect recipes, you can celebrate Easter in style without compromising on taste or health.
Healthy Recipes for Sweet Treats
1. Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait
2. Berries Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Berries have lower sugar content, so choosing berries is the first step when eating healthier. But, to make it even better? Dip it in dark chocolate, or just eat them together. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols and iron. This dessert is great because it contains little to no added sugar!
3. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups
This a simple to make recipe to replace those peanut butter cups which can feel synonymous with Easter baskets! Only three ingredients to make this healthy recipe from The Big Man’s World.
4. Strawberries and Whipped Cream
A classic strawberry shortcake minus all of the added sugar. Slice up some strawberries and scoop them into whip cream to seize that craving. To make it healthier, try using coconut whip cream.
5. Chocolate Hummus
This may sound like a strange option, but chocolate hummus is delicious and pleases that sweet-tooth craving. You can find chocolate hummus from Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store. It is high in omega-3 fats, calcium, and B vitamins. Serve your chocolate hummus with berries and Options Nutrition pretzels for a sweet satisfying treat!
If you’re not a fan of chocolate hummus, having a few bites of dark chocolate is a great way to satisfy that craving and low in calories. Just make sure not to overdo it!
Easter is a time for enjoying delicious treats with your loved ones, but you don’t have to sacrifice your health to indulge in something sweet. Try some of these wonderful non-candy sweet treats that are sure to please any fan of tasty food! From warm and comforting meals to bright and pretty salads, there’s an epic recipe here for everyone.
For other recipes to round out your holiday meal, check out more healthy recipes from Options.