Easter is just around the corner, and for many, this is a time to eat jelly beans, find eggs (which are becoming more expensive), attend church, and be with family. Make your Easter memorable and inclusive with some fun new recipes and twists on new traditions.
To make your recipes healthier, try substituting certain ingredients. Greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream or mayo in dips and dressings, as it’s high in protein and low in fat. Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour to add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to baked goods. Replace white sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup for fewer calories and a lower glycemic index. And for a lower-fat option, use vegetable purees like cauliflower or sweet potato instead of cream or butter in mashed potatoes or casseroles. You can also try using alternative flours like almond or coconut flour in gluten-free recipes to boost protein and reduce carbs.
Healthy Easter Recipes for Those with Allergies or Dietary Restrictions:
Vegan Deviled Potatoes: This recipe is perfect for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. Instead of using eggs and mayonnaise, this recipe calls for potatoes, tofu, and avocado to create a creamy filling. Simply scoop out the potato centers, mix the filling, and spoon it back into the potato shells. Top with paprika for a finishing touch.
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake: This recipe is perfect for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities. Instead of using wheat flour, this recipe calls for a blend of almond flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour. The cake is flavored with grated carrots, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and is topped with a dairy-free cream cheese frosting.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Eggs: This recipe is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant or follow a dairy-free diet. These chocolate eggs are made with coconut milk and dairy-free chocolate chips. Simply melt the chocolate, stir in the coconut milk, and let it set in egg-shaped molds.
Unique Easter Traditions in Alaska
Our staff members shared their own Easter traditions and we enjoyed swapping stories. Team member of 4 years Anne enjoys seeing the kids in her family get excited and dance around with their new Easter baskets. Anna’s family really loves peeps and any time she sees one it reminds her of her mom. Many Alaskans are Russian Orthodox or have family members who are. Kulich is an Easter tradition that is popular in many communities in Alaska. Kulich bread is a traditional Russian Easter bread that is usually baked in cylindrical tins and decorated with icing and candied fruits. People often think of warm spring days and flowers blooming, but Alaskans go Easter egg hunting in the snow! Easter egg hunting in the snow is a cherished tradition in Alaska, where the snow creates a unique and challenging hiding environment. Alaskans celebrate Easter with joy and enthusiasm, despite the chilly weather, as they search for hidden eggs in the snow-covered landscape. At this same time, even kids “spray on spring!” In a space that Kenai Parks and Recreation had cleared out, kids filled water blasters with colorful water and then sprayed it onto the side of snow berms. The Alaska Railroad also hosts a special Easter ride with the Easter Bunny. Climb aboard and admire the beautiful nature across the last frontier. Wherever you choose to celebrate this Easter, we wish you all a very special day.
Looking for an egg-cellent way to hop into good health this Easter season? Look no further than MedPhysicals Plus! Our lab services, including blood testing and occupational health, are the perfect way to get a jumpstart on your wellness journey. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is here to help you spring forward with accurate and comprehensive information about your health. We are here for you during our regular hours this Easter. Did you know we also do allergy testing? Figure out what foods are not right for you, with no doctor’s order needed. As it gets warmer, don’t get cold with us! Stay in touch.