A Healthier Take on the Easter Menu

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Among the big holidays, Easter isn’t traditionally associated with excessive eating. But any family gathering has the potential to lead to overindulging. The best strategy: Plan your menu around fresh, healthy and seasonal recipes.

Appetizer

Lighten up this classic app with nonfat Greek yogurt and a flavor boost from pickles, Dijon and cayenne pepper.

Mains

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Ham is the classic pick for an Easter spread. But for leaner protein and Omega-3 fats, consider runners-up like lamb or salmon.

Sides

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Celebrate the season with fresh spring produce. (Peas and asparagus are filled with fiber and vitamin C.)

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Antonis Achilleos

Cocktail

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Photo by: Con Poulos

Con Poulos

Good news: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little holiday libation. Just keep portions to about 5 fluid ounces so you can limit calories to 130 per serving.

Desserts

Angel food cake is always a hit, especially when served with a side of seasonal fruit like strawberries.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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