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20 Healthy And Delicious Easter Recipes You Should Try This April

20 Healthy And Delicious Easter Recipes You Should Try This April

1. Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

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    Sprinkled with feta cheese and drizzled with garlic-dill butter you can substitute potatoes in place of the sunchokes in this delicious Easter side dish. Jerusalem artichokes are also called sunchokes. They are nutty, flavorful, starch-rich roots that are native to Central America. They have a high-quality phyto-nutrition profile which includes dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like potassium, iron, and copper.

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    2. Tsoureki

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      Use organic eggs in this braided crown of Greek Easter bread. As per custom, the eggs are dyed a scarlet red, but you can skip the chemical coloring if you want to make it healthier.

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      3. Pomegranate-Glazed Ham

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        Pomegranates have plenty of vitamins, fiber and minerals. Regular intake of this anti-oxidant rich fruit is said to keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control.

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        4. Steamed Fish with Cucumber, Borage, and Tahini Sauce

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          A healthy protein source with crunchy fiber. You can garish this Easter dish with fresh cilantro sprigs. Borage flowers have medicinal properties that are helpful in reducing fever and cough.

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          5. Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

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            The carrots are packed with vitamin A, while the garlic helps fight both bacterial and viral infections.

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            6. Creamy Spring Peas with Bacon and Mint

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              A scrumptious blend of refreshing tastes and textures with sugar snaps, sweet green peas, salty bacon, mint and cream sauce.

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              7. Preserved Lemon Roast Chicken with Freekeh Salad

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                A rich citrus flavor accompanies this yummy roasted chickened served with spring onion spiked freekeh. Freekeh is toasted and cracked young green wheat. A single serving has more protein and twice as much fiber as that of quinoa.

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                8. Asparagus Casserole

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                  With two kinds of cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mushrooms and onion, this rich and velvety Asparagus Casserole is topped with crunchy fried onion.

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                  9. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Red Wine, Shallots & Wheat Berries

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                    Portobello mushrooms, spinach and hazelnuts make this a very healthy and delicious cauliflower roast. Baby portobello mushrooms  are a nutritional powerhouse with many vitamins and minerals including selenium.

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                    10. Ricotta-Pea Spread

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                      A novel and refreshing presentation of minty fresh peas and ricotta served on toasted baguette slices.

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                      11. Brown Butter Potatoes Au Gratin Tarts

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                        The perfect Easter side dish these crunchy puff pastry squares are topped with an incredible cheesy potato mixture.

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                        12. Roasted Carrots and Asparagus with Almond Gremolata

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                          Roasted almonds, lemon and garlic impart such amazing flavor to this crunchy asparagus and carrot salad.

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                          13. Warm Spring Vegetables

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                            A healthy green side dish of courgettes, peas, broad beans and parsley dressed with olive oil and lemon.

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                            14. Accordion Potatoes

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                              Loaded with fiber, vitamins, iron and potassium, these roasted red potatoes are sprinkled with thyme and parsley.

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                              15. Avgolemono

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                                Creamy and lemony chicken broth that is bursting with healthy nutrients.

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                                16. Herby Salmon with Salad & Crushed New Potatoes

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                                  Rich with omega 3, this delicious salmon recipe includes potatoes and green vegetables.

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                                  17. Easter Carrot and Walnut Cupcakes

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                                    Protein rich cheese and healthy butter top these mini cakes filled with the goodness of carrots and walnuts.

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                                    18. Leg of Lamb with Delicious Gravy

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                                      Roasted lamb flavored with herby butter and served with mint sauce and celeriac mash.

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                                      19. Broccoli & Goat Cheese Souffle

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                                        Serve this cheesy souffle with a tomato and fennel salad. Bake and serve immediately before its deflates. Goat milk cheese is easier to digest and lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk. It is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, and phosphorus.

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                                        20. Pistachio, Yoghurt & Elderflower cake

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                                          An Easter treat with Almonds, pistas, greek style yogurt and free range eggs.

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                                          Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                                          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                          Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                                          A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                                          1. Eat Before Heading Out

                                          First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                                          2. Select The Treats

                                          Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                                          3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                                          Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                                          4. Drink With Moderation

                                          It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                                          5. Be Active

                                          You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                                          6. Get Out Of The House

                                          Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                                          7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                                          Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                                          8. Set Realistic Goals

                                          You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                                          9. Enjoy Yourself

                                          Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                                          10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                                          This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                                          11. Eat Less And More Often

                                          Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                                          12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                                          Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                                          So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                                          Happy Holidays everyone!

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