Is your house full of Easter eggs, lined up and ready to be eaten on Easter Sunday?
If you haven’t had the chance to buy your eggs yet, here are a few things to keep in mind! Although it’s not exactly a secret that your Easter Eggs contain sugar, sometimes we can it take for granted just how much is hiding away inside them.
The NHS recommends added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy (calorie intake) you get from food and drink each day. This is about 30g of sugar a day for those aged 11 and over. So, it may surprise you to learn that most of the tasty popular treats on offer at Easter contain far more than what’s recommended!
A product is seen as high in sugar if it’s more than 22.5g per 100g and low if it’s 5g out of 100g. Make sure you check the labels before you buy.
The classic Cadbury’s crème egg contains a massive 26.5g of sugar PER egg! This means one egg alone would take the average 7-10 year old child over the recommended daily intake of sugar. Something to just bear in mind…
Think differently this Easter
Rather than talk about the calorie and sugar content of Easter eggs and in turn completely ruining all the fun of the season, we’re encouraging you to think outside the box and mix things up a bit!
Keeping the balance right can be a challenge, if you’re off work with the kids, try and get outside and do something active – especially with the improving weather, there’s no excuse to hide behind!
Easter egg hunts may end in chocolate inevitably but at least it’s a way to get the kids out in the garden racing around after them! Equally a good old chicken’s egg is fantastic (not only to eat of course) but it’s a great activity to decorate them – everything doesn’t have to revolve around chocolate!
Don’t underestimate the excitement of receiving something different no matter what age you are! Try filling some plastic eggs with small gifts – toys for the kids, mini bath bombs, small jewellery gifts even a packet of flower seeds, can be suitable for everyone get creative!
Chocolate – Have a little of what you fancy!
Take it easy. There is no such thing as a bad food but eating too much of any food is a bad idea. Enjoy all the goodies of the season, but in moderation. Think about switching to dark chocolate. Usually the higher the cocoa content, the lower the sugar content – although this is not always true, read those labels.
Small and sweet. If you want to buy chocolate for friends and family, and especially for children, keep it small.
Make them last. Just because it’s open, doesn’t mean you have to eat your Easter egg in one sitting! Savour small tastes rather than eating it all in one go! Avoid feeling too full and bloated by putting it out of sight!