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Cut the sugar this easter

Sweet temptation is in abundance in the run-up to Easter. Hot cross buns, chocolate eggs and many other tasty traditional delights are promoted, making it harder to control your weight and sugar intake – particularly important if you’re at an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

But there are plenty of alternative ways to make it a fun and tasty time.

Making Easter delicacies yourself gives you the option to reduce sugar and fat content. Supermarket hot cross buns typically contain 13g sugar per bun, while home-baking allows you to substitute ingredients for lower-sugar alternatives, such as mixed peel for healthier orange peel.

Consider making your own chocolate eggs. Using high quality dark chocolate offers many health benefits, plus you could mix it with a plant milk for a vegan milk chocolate. If the DIY approach doesn’t appeal, then there are ready-made reduced sugar eggs available in health food shops.

For an alternative gift to chocolate for a friend or relative, why not buy a craft kit and have a go at making something yourself? What better present than a lovingly made hand-knitted bunny or egg cosy which they can enjoy all year round. Or if craft isn’t quite your thing, then explore the many other gift options up for grabs in shops and online, like Easter mugs or egg cups.

Easter fun doesn’t have to revolve around food. Head outdoors for an active and inexpensive way to celebrate the season, boosting both your mental and physical wellbeing.

Take a spring-themed walk, looking out for daffodils, lambs, or signs of blossom on trees. Or why not set up your own neighbourhood egg hunt with pictures of eggs displayed in house windows? If you prefer something already organised, the National Trust and English Heritage are just two nationwide companies offering Easter trails for all ages to enjoy.

We know it can be tough to control sugar levels over Easter, but with a few creative alternatives you can take control and significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

It is very important to understand your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our simple online health check takes just a few minutes. The Healthier You programme is free to join and you can sign up without visiting your GP.

It might be the most important thing you do today.

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