UQ dietician Cheryl Collins recommends plenty of outdoor physical activity over the Easter break.
UQ dietician Cheryl Collins recommends plenty of outdoor physical activity over the Easter break. Claudia Baxter

Bunny binge warning

CHOCOLATE eggs and Easter go hand in hand, but before over indulging in sweet treats this weekend, Ipswich dieticians are saying less is best.

The family nature of Easter celebrations provides the perfect opportunity to integrate activities, healthy eating and enjoy all the goodies that come with it.

UQ associate lecturer and dietician Cheryl Collins advises people to keep an eye on portion sizes rather than going without chocolate treats.

"Easter is time to celebrate with your family and friends, and food and drink is part of that. It is unrealistic to not do any of that, but what is important is the amount you are consuming," she said.

"Limit the amount of high sugar and fat foods you have and combine it with healthy food choices."

For those who do eat a few too many eggs, some extra work on the bitumen will be in order next week.

Ms Collins said a 200g chocolate bunny contained as much as 4500kj and would take four hours of brisk walking to burn off.

She said if a person consumed one chocolate bunny a day for a week they would put on 1kg.

Queensland Health dietician Amanda McCartney said it was important not to deprive yourself and label foods as naughty or bad, but instead eat less.

"Take some time to really enjoy the chocolate. When we over indulge in something it loses its appeal, so remember good things come in small packages - especially Easter eggs," she said.

"Allowing yourself two to three good quality mini-Easter eggs for morning tea will help remove the guilt and generally won't result in added kilos."

Ms McCartney said the best way to avoid overindulging was not to buy Easter eggs until Easter.

"Try to consume any sweet Easter treats in the earlier part of the day when you are most active."

 

Fuelled up

A chocolate bunny contains enough energy to last a child for a day.

Eat chocolate in the early part of the day to burn it off.

Encourage family activities such as bike riding to burn away kilojoules.



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