Indulging in Easter While Staying on Track with Your Health Goals

For many of us, the Easter tradition includes Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and other candy. The reason a rabbit and candy have become a tradition is a topic for another day (and another blog). But, we can help you stay on track with your health no matter what holiday or candy you encounter.

Easter in Moderation

The most popular Easter candy is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg, weighing in with 180 calories, 10 grams of fat and 16 grams of sugar. These come individually wrapped so this is one of the better Easter candy choices (believe it or not).

Did you know that just 20 jelly beans are the equivalent to a 12-ounce can of soda? It’s true – 20 jelly beans contain 140 calories and 35 grams of sugar! We all know it’s easy to eat way more than 20 jelly beans! Two Peeps will set you back 55 calories and 13 grams of sugar.

The seemingly essential chocolate bunnies can be over 1000 calories and almost 500 grams of sugar, not to mention 65 grams of fat. This is one of the most dangerous choices because portion control goes out the window with a large chunk of chocolate shaped like a bunny. If you must have a chocolate bunny, try a hollow bunny instead of solid chocolate.

The truth is, all candy should be considered an indulgence to enjoy in moderation. As long as you follow that guideline and get back to healthy habits after the holiday is over, Easter candy can be a fun part of the holiday tradition (again, why are a rabbit and candy Easter traditions?)

There’s More to Easter than the Candy

As you put together Easter baskets, remember that you can include some better choices. It’s better to choose individually wrapped candy to help with portion control. You can add sugar-free bubble gum, as well as fun stuffed animals (think fuzzy blue bunny) and toys and games depending on your kids’ ages. And don’t forget the Easter egg hunt that can get you and your kids outside and moving as well.

As with any holiday, the true fulfillment is in celebrating with friends and family, forming social bonds that contribute to the quality of our lives and our health. Enjoy the holidays you choose to celebrate!

Top 5 Easter Treats of 2017, According to RetailMeNot

  1. Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs (53%)
  2. Chocolate bunnies (48%)
  3. Jelly beans (48%)
  4. Hershey’s Eggs (45%)
  5. Peeps (34%)

Calories, Sugar, and Fat –  Oh My!

Courtesy of PopSugar.com

Candy Calories Fat (g) Carbs (g) Sugar (g)
4 Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies 130 0 33 29
1 Peeps Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg 420 24 54 52
5 Mars Mini Chocolate Eggs 179 10 20.4 17.6
1 Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny 890 48.6 101.2 97.1
1 Cadbury Creme Egg 150 5 25 22
12 Cadbury Chocolate Eggs 190 8 28 26
1 Dove Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny 230 13 25 24
1 Nestle’s Crunch Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny 692 36.2 95.6 79.1
1 Snickers Cream Sports Egg 140 6 18 16
1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg 180 10 18 16
1 Reese’s Reester Bunny 798 42 88.2 75.6
1 Brachs Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg 43 1.3 7.8 6
5 Brachs Malted Easter Eggs 180 5 31 27
35 Jelly Belly Assorted Jellybeans 140 0 37 28