Happy Healthy Easter
Whether you believe in the religious significance of Easter or not, this holiday can often be a challenge for eating in a healthy way and, importantly, encouraging our children to eat in a healthy way too. The temptation to buy an eat chocolate in bulk is difficult when the chocolate eggs came out in supermarkets on New Year’s Day (or so it felt!) See below for our tips and suggestions on how to have a happy and healthy Easter holiday using food as delicious decoration.
Eggs. Firstly the biggest theme for Easter is eggs. There are hundreds of brilliant recipes to liven up the humble boiled egg and turn it into something creative, fun and great for showing off. The basics of a boiled egg are to add the eggs to a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and sit off the eat with a lid for 4 – 10 minutes depending on how soft you wish to have your egg. Eggs are incredibly versatile and a staple for most people. They can be boiled, scrambled, fried and even baked whole! You can also clean and keep the shells for decoration.
Nests. If you’re getting creative with eggs you need a nest to put them in. One of the best ways to make a nest out of any food is to cook spaghetti, rice noodles or spiralised/thinly shredded veggies in boiling water, drain and then using a muffin tin to create the shape, bake in the oven drizzled with a little oil until crispy. Perfect little nests!
Bunnies. It is difficult to think of Easter and not think of cute little rabbits too. Certain fruits and veg make a great start if you’re looking to create a snack which also looks like a rabbit. One of the best solutions I’ve seen is using a peeled pear with sliced almonds as ears and a raisins for the eyes, nose and tail. If you’re serving rabbit themed food for guests, buying orange napkins, wrapping cutlery and tying with green ribbon looks like great carrots.
Recipes. We found this great article filled with recipe egg-spiration. If you’re looking for a sugar fix but are trying to avoid the unhealthy options, here is a great recipe for Paleo friendly carrot cupcakes made with Manuka honey. Delicious!
For the Cream Cheese icing
500g tub of softened organic cream cheese
Preheat oven to 180oC. Combine all ingredients and put in greased muffin pan 2/3 full. Bake for 18-24 minutes. Insert a toothpick, or skewer and when it comes out clean it is done. For frosting combine cream cheese, vanilla, honey and salt and 2 tbsp of water and whip on high speed for 3 minutes. This will create a fluffy and smooth frosting. Wait for the cupcakes to be completely cooled before attempting to add the frosting. The mess isn't worth not waiting!