One of the country's leading health agencies is encouraging Australians to consider their health over the upcoming Easter period.
The Heart Foundation is urging adults to carefully select the confectionery they consume and consider the exercise required to burn off the energy.
"A little chocolate is okay as part of a balanced diet, but most of us tend to over-indulge at Easter," national chief executive of the Heart Foundation Lyn Roberts said today (April 5).
"Dark chocolate is often thought of as a healthier choice because it contains antioxidants, but there are much better ways to get those benefits without the unhealthy saturated fat and kilojoules that come with chocolate."
Trying to maintain a balanced diet can often prove challenging without support and guidance from health experts.
Some private health insurance providers offer access to wellbeing programs that incorporate advice on a range of lifestyle factors, including diet.
The Heart Foundation suggests incorporating some changes over the Easter period, such as using margarine instead of butter on hot cross buns, limiting chocolate consumption to just one day and focusing on the active side of festivities – like an outdoor egg and spoon race.