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Ask the Nutritionist: Enjoy Easter favorites in moderation

The National Restaurant Association’s Director of Nutrition & Healthy Living Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., provides regular commentary on the NRA News blog. In this post, she's serving up some tips to keep in mind during your Easter celebrations. 

This Easter, eggs, sugared candy and family meals are on everyone’s mind. Food and treats are part of many holiday celebrations, so aim for an enjoyable, yet balanced, diet this weekend. To keep your holiday healthy and safe keep these suggestions in mind:

• Eat breakfast so that you don't overeat on one large meal later in the day.

• Monitor your portion sizes. Fill ½ your plate with fruits and vegetables to balance out more calorie-heavy food items.

• After dinner, limit yourself to one treat that is rich in calories during the evening.

• Spring is a great time to be outdoors. Make physical activity your family's new Easter tradition. Take a walk or stay active after your holiday dinner by holding an Easter egg hunt.

• If you are coloring eggs, remember that eggs should not be left unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours. Better yet, to minimize the risk of any foodborne illness, keep eggs you're going to eat separated from those you'll use for decoration or coloring.

• Association research shows that people's top “must-have” food for their Easter meal is a buffet. If a restaurant buffet is part of your Easter plans, remember to load up your plate with lower-calorie options and limit your higher-calorie favorites to smaller portion sizes. Good choices include fruits and vegetables, as well as baked, broiled or grilled items.

Happy Easter!

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