How to do Easter the Healthy Way + My Healthy Raw Hot Cross Buns
Author: Live Without Labels
Date Posted:14 April 2017
I am an ex-ballet dancer from Sydney with a passion for food and healthy living. I stumbled across the health world when I was 13 years old, after having seen a nutritionist for my ballet for a year already and I developed a somewhat obsession with food. Over the years I have spent my life define by labels that other people give me and that I have given myself which is why now, my mantra when it comes to living a healthy life is all about living without ‘labels’. I am very passionate when it comes to educating people about food choices which is why I am looking at studying to become a nutritionist somewhere in the near future. I love berries, peanut butter and granola and tea is one of my soul foods.
How to do Easter the Healthy Way + my Healthy Raw Hot Cross Buns
For people who are trying to eat healthier or are on a 'diet' ( which I highly suggest you reconsider) Easter can bring up a lot of anxiety and stress about food. I mean its a whole holiday dedicated to chocolate! Its a dieter's nightmare. Being surrounded by all these foods that you want to eat but you tell yourself you can't. So I have come up with some simple rules to help reduce the feeling of guilt on Monday after eating to much chocolate!
Rule #1- Don't deprive yourself of foods that you want
The feeling of deprivation is pretty much the root of all evil when it comes to disordered eating and the dieting cycle. So my first rule for Easter is to NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF of foods that you want to eat. If you want to eat some chocolate then have some chocolate, or if there is some yummy food at an Easter party that you want to eat then eat it. Stopping yourself from having these food will only make you miserable to be around for one and it may lead to a binge later and guilty thoughts which will be WAY WORSE for you than just some chocolate. Eat the foods you like in moderation, without guilt and enjoy them WHOLLY.
Rule #2- Try and make some healthy options
Healthy options for many of you Easter favourites can give you the same satisfaction without all the negative affects of the not so great ones. With that being said don't overdo on these either, just because they are healthy doesn't mean you can have 10 of them. If you are going to a get together why not take a healthy dish, like a yummy salad or a healthy dessert. There is so much inspiration on Instagram available and I have plenty ideas on my feed @livewithoutlabels and the lovely Jessica from JSHealth posted a divine hot cross bun recipe this morning here.
My Healthy Easter Chocolates on @livewithoutlabels
Easter Egg Bliss Balls from @livelovenourish
Also keep scrolling to get my recipe for hot cross bun bliss balls, perfect for Sunday morning.
Rule #3- Don't sign up for a juice detox on Monday morning
First things first, you body is very good at detoxifying itself (hence why we have a liver) and detoxes rarely work in doing what people want them to do. Any weight lost is usually water weight and will probably be gained back once you start eating normally. If you do indulge a little too much over the weekend the most important thing to do first and foremost is to forgive yourself. We are all human and we are not going to be perfect all of the time so make sure you forgive yourself for maybe going slightly overboard. The second thing to do is remove the stress and guilt because this can play with you body's digestive system and stop it from breaking down the food properly (which it will be able to do, trust that it can). And thirdly the best thing for you body is on Monday to go back to get a clean 80/20 diet (80% clean 20% indulgence) with lots of greens to get all of the vitamins and minerals that have probably been lacing over the weekend.
Also its important to not feel the need to over exercise to compensate for the food you ate. Walking is perfect as it can help get you digestive system going, but doing an intense workout straight after eating is mostly likely to make you feel sick. Exercise should never be a punishment for eating, but rather a reward and something you do to treat your body, because it makes you feel good.
So I hope this helps, and remember the most important rule for this weekend is to just enjoy yourself. Enjoy spending time with friends and family, put down the phone for a bit and just enjoy being with the people you love.
And as promised here is the recipe for my hot cross bun bliss balls ❤️
Hot Cross Bun Bliss Balls
- 1/3 cup of each almonds cashews and cacao nibs
- 5 medjool dates
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- A dash of nutmeg and cardamom
- 1/3 cup cashews
- 2 heaped teaspoons of cacao tea
- Prepare the icing by boiling some water in a kettle
- Add the cashews and cacao tea to a bowl and cover in boiling water and let sit for a couple of hours or overnight
- For the balls, add the almonds and cashews to a food processor and blitz until it's a chunky crumb
- Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract and spices and blitz until it forms a dough. Add some water in if the mixture is too dry
- Use about 1 heaped tbsp and roll into balls and set in the fridge.
- To make the cashew cream blend the soaked cashews with some of the kkao tea and about 2 tbsp of the liquid. Blend until smooth.
- Take the balls out of the fridge and pipe crosses on to them (I used a plastic bag with a hole cut in one corner.)
- Set in the fridge for at least 30 mins then enjoy
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