Over the long weekend, I plan to eat my way through several Crunchie chocolate bunnies (over 800 calories each), a few of those mini Cadbury easter eggs (about 100 calories each even though they’re only mini) and about half of a Nigella chocolate cake with chocolate ganache topping (probably about 6 million calories).
Oh, and I think I will have chocolate chip hot cross buns for breakfast, too. 300 calories a pop.
And you know what? I will regret nothing.
It’s Easter – the one time of year that we see those delicious chocolate hot cross buns and Crunchie bunnies in the shops. The one holiday where presents aren’t expected, unless they’re in chocolatey form.
And over the next four days, I’m going to eat ALL THE CHOCOLATE, and I’m not going to feel bad about it. I plan to let go of all chocolate-associated guilt.
Here are five reasons why you should also put away that chocolate guilt and just eat the damn bunny…
1. It’s delicious.
There’s a reason why people love chocolate. It’s damn tasty. And there are SO many good Easter egg options on the shelves. How about that Lindt egg with the soft centre? How about that Humpty Dumpty one that comes with Smarties in the middle? How about the little Malteser bunny? Sign. Me. Up. For. Everything.
Note: Do yourself a favour and buy the good-quality stuff so you’re not resorting to munching on those super-crappy cheapo eggs that your kid’s school gave out for freesies at the end of term. The kids can have them. They can’t even tell the difference – to them, it’s all chocolate and therefore worthy of being eaten.
2) It’ll prevent binging later.
The brain is a funny thing. It’s so much more likely to want something that it can’t have. So if you tell yourself that you absolutely can’t eat any Easter chocolate this year, you’ll be more likely to find yourself binging on every little egg you can find when the kids are in bed and your partner has his back turned.
Allow yourself to eat chocolate throughout the weekend and it will most likely prevent the all-out binge that comes with completely depriving yourself.
3) Why should kids have all the fun?
Seriously – life gets so serious as soon as we hit puberty. Remember the days of getting super excited about the Easter Bunny coming to visit? Remember the days of racing around the backyard in super-competitive Easter egg hunts? Remember consuming so much chocolate that you felt like you’d be lying down in bed for days?