HEALTHY EASTER IDEAS
Easter holidays bring delicious treats and decadent indulgences from ham to chocolate bunnies everyone loves to celebrate the season. All of this food creates wonderful memories and also the potential to engage in sustainable practices, which simply means making the best use of your money and resources.
Taking care of your leftovers
Be aware of the portions your family purchases and don’t overbuy. Leftovers have a shelf life and we recommend storing open cooked foods for no more than seven days in the refrigerator. If leftovers are well wrapped they can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Find new food ideas
Many recipes are available that help you create a variety of ham dishes including: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2013/03/31/8-ways-to-use-leftover-ham/
Helping those less fortunate
Keep in mind that many of our neighbors struggle to put food on the table daily let alone have anything special for holidays. Your family can donate leftover food and candy to area shelters and hunger centers. You can also reduce the amount of foods purchased and donate some of the extra cash to help feed neighbors.
Get off the rug and get unplugged this Easter season
Easter treats can have a lasting effect on our waistline too. It is easy to put on a few pounds after holiday indulgences. Head outside to enjoy the spring weather and take a walk or bike ride as a healthy alternative to video games and TV. Celebrate Earth Day early by cleaning up trash and recyclables in your neighborhood. This is a great form of exercise that offers you the chance to give back to the community.
-Suzanne Krippel, R.S.