Easter morning traditionally is a time for discovering chocolate bunnies and eggs hidden around the home. This year you can keep the surprises coming into the evening as the not-so-traditional Easter dinner is being served. Introducing more nutritional dishes will not only have your guests surprised by the look but also the amazing tastes that come along with it. With spring in the air it's time to stop eating the carbohydrate heavy winter foods and move to the more crisp and delightful spring and summer sensations.
Common dishes for Easter dinner are Racks of Lamb or ham. This is the good part of the meal because they are are relatively good choices to have and will keep you trim. Below you'll find the highlights of each
Lamb (More Info)
The Good: Low in sodium. Good source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin A, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Selenium.
The Bad: Very high in Cholesterol
Ham (More Info)
The Good: High in protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Copper, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, and Zinc
The Bad: Very High in Sodium and very high in cholesterol
Healthy Alternative: Roasted Pork Loin -This is a low sodium cut of meet that is high in protein with similar vitamins and minerals as the traditional ham.
Not-So-Classic Healthy Side Dishes
Green Broccoli, Celery, Green Peppers, Green Beans, Peas, Red tomatoes, radishes, Orange Carrots, White: Mushrooms
The Yogurt Dip: Add nonfat plain yogurt, fresh dill, ground black pepper, finely chopped onion, and a small amount of sea salt in to a bowl and mix, place in a bowl next to the vegetables.
Photo Credits: Ham: marthastewart.com, vegetables: easyeats.com, Zucchini: anotherpintplease.com, Sweet Potato: chefmichaelsmith.com, Fruit Salad: jamieoliver.com