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Posted on 04-02-2015

When it comes to health, our weakest times often occur during the holidays, when feel it's okay to eat whatever we want, even if we find ourselves paying for it later. You’ve probably stolen more pieces of candy from a child’s Easter basket than you’d like to admit…or even saved a whole bag of high fructose-ridden treats “for the adults”...yourself included! It’s okay; we’ve all done it.

But this may be the year to end those guilt-inducing habits. After all, Easter can be one of the easiest holidays to go fresh, making dishes and desserts featuring seasonal ingredients that will actually add points to your “health bank” rather than making withdrawals.

We scoured the Internet for our favorite healthy side dishes and desserts. Perhaps you'd like to add a few to your holiday menu. You’ll probably notice a trend: simple, with few ingredients and better ingredient choices…with the same great taste.

Delicious and healthy side dishes

Spice Roasted Carrots

Carrots are high in beta-carotene, Vitamin A, minerals, and antioxidants. They are especially beneficial for the eyes, skin, teeth, and digestion. Read more about carrots here.

The Vitamin C and antioxidants found in carrots keep the skin healthy, getting rid of blemishes and scars and preventing wrinkles (they’re a natural collagen production aid). They will also protect you from the sun and keep your skin hydrated.

Roasted Cauliflower & Potatoes

Cauliflower helps support the liver’s toxin neutralizing functionality and comes with a lot of other benefits, including maintaining heart health, keeping cholesterol low, and boosting the immune system.

It’s also good for hair, skin and nail health with its anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc, fats, niacin, copper and iron.

Read more about cauliflower here

Roasted-Garlic Asparagus

Filled with protein and one of the richest sources of folate, vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, and vitamin B complex, asparagus is good for digestion, bone health, the immune system, hair, skin & nails, and more. Read more about the health benefits of asparagus here.

Healthier dessert options

Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls

The coconut oil in this delicious dessert contains a unique combination of fatty acids that bring powerful health benefits. It also increases energy and fat burning. Read more about coconut oil here. Lemon is good for your health bank too (read below).

Healthy Lemon Squares

The lemon in these delectable lemon squares is good for liver detox, digestion, blood vessel strengthening, and A LOT more. It really is a miracle food. Read about the health properties of lemon here.

Copycat Reeses Eggs

Reeses eggs: probably one of the most coveted Easter basket finds! Just because you skip the junk-filled version that can be found at a gas station counter, you don’t have to go without those familiar flavors. Opt for a healthier, homemade version this year…and from now on!

We recommend experimenting with a different nut butter and healthier, dark chocolate for fun.

The real nut butter in these chocolaty treats totally trumps the sugar filled “peanut butter” that Reeses claims to feature in their candies. It’s good for heart health, memory, and is a healthy fat. Learn more about peanut butter here.

If you opt for dark chocolate over milk chocolate, you’ll be adding lots of beneficial minerals, antioxidants to you Easter treats. More about dark chocolate here.

Do you have any healthy Easter brunch, dinner, or dessert ideas for this year? We’d love to see photos of your healthy Easter fare on Facebook

Dr K said:

They all look so good. Can't wait for the almond butter eggs

2015-04-03 16:35:39

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