Healthy for the Holiday

Yesterday morning as I drove to work, there was snow in the air. Am I the only person who is SO ready to bid winter adios?! I love the cold, crisp days of winter and a clean, beautiful winter landscape, but come on!!! Easter is just a few short days away and I am ready for some sunshine and some warm Springtime temperatures!!

Speaking of Easter — can you believe it’s this coming weekend?! It seems like we just got over the Christmas break and here we are at the next special holiday.

Last year I went totally crazy on the sweets for Easter, but this year I am going to try really hard to stick to my clean eats plans as much as possible. It so easy to go crazy over the holidays – especially a holiday that promotes chocolate eggs and sugary jelly beans as the food of choice. That’s not to say that I’m not going to indulge in a creme egg or the peanut butter/chocolate/oreo dessert I’ve heard is being made for my family dinner, but I am definitely going to focus on my long-term goals and try to stay on track as much as possible.

Here are a few of the tricks and tips that I’ll be using in my effort to stay on track this Easter Long Weekend:

*Drink my 8 glasses of water each and everyday – I tend to sip on coffee and wine on long weekends and holidays. I probably will still enjoy both, but my water intake won’t suffer as a result.

*WORKOUT!!!! – It’s so easy to relax the workout schedule over the holidays. If your gym has reduced hours or you’re going to be out of town, throw your sneakers on and go for a walk/jog, or better yet, encourage the whole family to get out and take a stroll around the neighbourhood.

*Remember what the holiday really is about – holidays do not = food!!! Family, friends and celebration are what the holidays are all about for me. Just because it’s a holiday does not automatically give me the green light to gorge myself on every piece of food that passes my way.

*Moderation is KEY – Do you love Cadbury creme eggs as much as I do? Well then eat one…but don’t buy out your local convenience store and eat five. The same goes for your favourite Easter dessert. Have one serving and savour every delicious bite. Don’t go back for seconds and don’t eat it for breakfast tomorrow…er, not that I’ve ever done that before 😉 Enjoy the taste of decadence and move on.

*Get back to your normal routine asap – Come Monday morning, I will be back to my healthy, clean eats. The indulgence won’t be lingering around because the longer that I’m off my routine, the harder it is to get back to it.

*Contribute healthy dishes to your holiday meal – Instead of my usual Skor Bar Trifle (which admittedly is amazing), I’ve offered to contribute one of my favourite salads and clean desserts to our Easter meal this weekend. I know that my brother’s girlfriend is making something decadent (remember that peanut butter/chocolate/oreo concocotion I mentioned above?), so we won’t be missing out, and now we’ll have a couple of healthier options as well.

Here’s a few clean dishes that I think would be perfect for your holiday table:

Sticky Buns
Tiffany’s Clean Eating Dr. Wilbur Salad
Martha Stewart’s Easter Salad
Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Rachael Ray’s Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons
Angela’s Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf
Tosca Reno’s Ooey Gooey Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding – what I’m bringing!!!!
Angela’s Coconut Macaroon Thumbprint Cookies

What’s your favourite Easter dish? Link up to share with my readers!

Do you have any tricks or tips to staying on track after the holiday long weekend?

Have a great day