FROM THE PAPER: Alternative Easter Ideas

by Anna Clinton - reporter

New Year saw many of us turn over a new leaf and start a healthy new lifestyle, but with Easter just around the corner, are chocolate eggs are going to derail our good intentions? This year, we’re ditching the chocolate in favour of healthier alternatives. Here are five ways you can mix it up this Easter:

  1. Have your friends over for an Easter themed party or show off your kitchen skills with an Easter Dinner Party! Get your Easter Bunny ears on and think roasted honey-glazed carrots, meatball (or cheese and onion) filled spaghetti nests, or fresh crunchy spring vegetables. Go the whole hog and decorate with Easter egg bunting, painted eggs and free roaming baby animals (or perhaps just the first two!) A get together with friends is worth a hundred chocolate eggs.
  2. Instead of splashing out on chocolate, why not spend your hard earned cash (or your student loan!) on something that will last a little longer? Planting some seeds is a great way to continue the Easter tradition of new beginnings, and planting your own veg would reap rewards in no time. Beans, tomatoes, chillies and sweet peppers are all great for planting in a pot in your kitchen at this time of year for an Easter gift that keeps on giving. For advice on growing your own veg right here on campus, speak to one of the lovely people over at the Green Ladder Project.
  3. Get creative in the kitchen with a low fat biscuit recipe. Try 2 parts flour, 1 part low fat margarine and 1 part sugar or sweetener. You could add raisins, chocolate chips or lemon zest for an imaginative tasty treat. Cut your cookies into eggs, bunnies or chicks and decorate them up with chopped fruit. Your friends and family are sure to love them.
  4. While boxed chocolate eggs usually take centre stage at this time of year, why not keep it healthy with the real thing. Eggs are a powerhouse of protein and super low in calories. This Easter, reinvent the humble egg – try scrambled with salmon for an awesome start to the day, or whisked up in an omelette with a hearty salad for a quick, budget friendly dinner.

 

Finally, Just can’t resist the lure of chocolate? Throw in some healthy goodies to keep it from spiralling into a calorie filled free for all. Try chocolate coated strawberries, bananas or sweet potatoes (Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) Buying Fairtrade chocolate and fruit is a great way to make a huge difference to people around the world this Eastertide.

So start thinking outside the Easter basket and, most of all, enjoy your holidays!

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