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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 September 15, 2020

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                                          Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                                          Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                                          We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                                          Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                                          1. Don’t Fight It

                                          I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                                          Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                                          Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                                          If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                                          If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                                          2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                                          Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                                          One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                                          The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                                          Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                                          If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                                          Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                                          3. Reframe Your Perspective

                                          Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                                          Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                                          Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                                          4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                                          Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                                          As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                                          Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                                          Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                                            Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                                            One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                                            To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                                            Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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