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Want to take on the challenge to do Easter a little different this year? We wanted to get creative at iRaw and help you to think outside the box to celebrate the holidays with a holistic twist. Don’t worry chocolate isn’t going anywhere. Here’s some ideas of games, chocolate watch outs and alternatives to try for Easter 2018.
We all know that chocolate is at the forefront of Easter celebrations for many of us. It’s a time to wrap up Lent and allow a little indulgence back into your diet. This food has quite the history behind it, dating back to circa 350 BC! Chocolate is made from cacao. And yes it’s true, cacao is full of benefits including:
- Antioxidants: Cacao is rich in polyphenols, catechins and epicatechins. These antioxidants help to fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and fight ageing.
- Mood enhancing: chocolate stimulates those feel good neurotransmitters like serotonin,
- Magnesium: cacao is one of the best sources of the mineral magnesium. This mineral has over 500 functions in the body, one big one being responsible for ‘muscle relaxation’.
And hey after Lent, you deserve it! But it’s important to highlight that all chocolate is NOT created equal. So consumer beware when making your choice, going off brand name alone won’t help you decipher the label. Here’s a few tips.
Easter: does the type of chocolate matter?
Yes it does! Milk chocolate is refined and combined with sugar, milk solids and other preservatives which might create a taste you enjoy, but does little for your health. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that the bad outweighs the good in the case of milk chocolate. Some milk chocolate contains zero cacao, only milk and sugar.
Dark chocolate on the other hand is a different story. In this case you just get fewer ingredients and with really good quality and higher percentage, it’s usually just the cacao which is loaded with antioxidant benefits linked to reducing cholesterol and balancing blood pressure. Raw chocolate is different again; made with raw ingredients that are never heated above 42 degrees. This is important because heat kills antioxidants and enzymes.
What to look for on the label
So if you’re going for a cleaner option, start with a high quality dark chocolate. This means looking for terms like ‘organic’ and even better ‘fairtrade’. Growing cacao is no easy feat and as one of the most in demand ingredients out there, it’s important to think about the planet and the welfare of these farmers. You can find a list of fairtrade brands here.
Make your own!
Why not get into the kitchen this Easter with the family and make up your own chocolate eggs! A great way to spend the afternoon.
Easter Fun Ideas
Walk your way to better health. There is a powerful connection between mental wellbeing and nature so while you enjoy some time off, prioritise a bit of that time to reset your body. Enjoy the countryside around you whether that means heading to the beach, the forest or even a local park. Why not have an easter egg hunt!
Decorate Easter Eggs
It’s not all about the food. Kids and adults alike love to get creative and dust off the arts and crafts skills. Grab some dyes and paint brushes and spend the afternoon decorating some real easter eggs!
It’s not all about food.
Remember that Easter is above all a great time to get together with friends and family. While food is an important part of this celebration, it’s not the be all and end all. Take advantage of this holiday to meet and
Non foodie Gifts
If you’re planning on visiting family and stuck for a gift, why not reach for something a little more unique. You could make some homemade cookies with the kids in the kitchen or think beyond chocolate. How about some flowers, books or kitchenware? We have a tonne of ideas in our eco ideas for Mother’s Day and Vegan Gift Guide.
Special Easter Offer
If you’re stuck for a gift, we have you covered. We’re offering a special box featuring our three award winning products: Sunshine in a box, Green Diskettes and Beauty Snacks! If you’re looking for something unique this box is for you. Until 2nd April, get 20% off and free shipping by using the code freepost in the cart!