Happy Easter everyone! El Massi7 Kam! Hakkan Kam! As we say inLebanon. The Lord has risen! And people reply: Yes He has!
The Spiritual meaning of Easter is so deep and should be lived intensively during Easter time, but of course how can we forget and let go all the delicious Easter chocolate eggs, and Lebanese ma3moul sweets with dates, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and all these yummy healthy yet high caloric sweets!
The word we’ll use is MODERATION. We cannot abstain from eating the delicious sweets but we can control our hands and mouth so we don’t overeat and regret later on! So this is what you can do to avoid weight gain during Easter:
1- The darker the chocolate is, the less fat there is thus white chocolate is the one that has the more fat. So prefer dark chocolate, but also with moderation. Each 10g of chocolate has around 50-60 calories.
2- Prefer homemade ma3moul, they contain less butter or no butter at all, and less sugar or sweetener. Maamoul bi joz 52g ( 6cm) has 260 calories and
Maamoul bi tamer 52g (6cm) has 245 calories.
3- Don’t buy or bake so many sweets so they don’t stay in front of you for days tempting you to eat them! Just buy or bake the right amount of sweets for a couple of days per person at home or people who will visit. It’s not being rude, it’s being careful with your weight and health!
4- Exercise! Walk the 7 Churches on Thursday of Pass over! Don’t do them by car! Also walk the 14 steps to the Cross with your Church on Holy Friday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday also go to the gym or for a walk, but move anyway so that you can burn the extra calories you will take.
5- Avoid sweets and fatty foods during the Holy week to compensate for the extra calories indulged during the weekend.
6- Easter is 1 day! Not 2 weeks in a row! J So, enjoy your Easter Sunday meal: NO stress! Eat whatever you like, as well as 2 medium sized ma3moul, and 2 chocolates! At night, just have a green salad and the next day we forget the food and start caring of our body again, summer is starting guys, we’ve got to be ready!!!
Samia Khoury Dietitian
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