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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 18, 2020

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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