Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, jelly beans, and a big festive holiday meal with all the trimmings – that is what many of us can expect on Easter Sunday.  With all those sweets and delicious food, it is easy to overdo it. If you are celebrating the Easter holiday, you can still enjoy without completely abandoning a healthy eating plan.  Here are some great ways to have a "hoppy" and healthy Easter!

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    Plan Ahead

    Since we will be surrounded by sweets and lots of rich food, save calories from the extras such as appetizers and bread.  Sure, you can indulge in some chocolate eggs – just avoid the giant chocolate bunny!

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    Be Active

    Squeeze in a workout, go for a walk before dinner, or join the kids Easter egg hunt and help them locate their eggs.  Resist the temptation to eat a big meal and flop on the couch. Every little bit of movement helps!

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    Eat Something Before Dinner

    If you sit down to dinner on an empty stomach, you'll be more likely to overeat. Be sure to eat a nutritious, yet filling breakfast and try snacking on those colorful hard-boiled eggs — one large egg has around 76 calories. It's a filling, nutritious choice.

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    Choose Wisely

    During dinner load up on the salad and veggies and go lighter on heavier meats and deserts. That does not mean to avoid them, it is a holiday after all. Just go a little easier.  Fill your plate, but don't go for seconds.

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    Celebrate the Meaning of Easter

    Redirect your focus from the food and dinner to the meaning of Easter – both the religious significance and the opportunity to spend time and enjoy family.

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