How Many Calories are in Your Easter Basket!!!

How Many Calories are in Your Easter Basket!!!

Mar 30, 2013

So you know Halloween is the Candy holiday, so you steer clear of that one, and Thanksgiving is when the most calories are consumed so you are careful there, but then there is that sneaky Easter. Not advertised as a candy holiday but includes candy dishes full of jelly beans, family gathering with tons of high calorie options and then there are the Easter Eggs and Easter Baskets stuffed with goodies! Lent is coming to an end and those individual’s who have been restricting their intake of various goodies now are ready to indulge, and every dish seems to be filled with jellybeans or chocolate covered something or other. Easter Dinner and holiday treats add up fast. So take note of just how many calories you acquired in your (or your child’s) Easter Basket this year. Here is the lowdown on some of those Easter Treats!

  • 1 Cadbury Egg: 170 cal. 6g Fat
  • 1.75oz Solid Chocolate Bunny: 298 cal, 18g fat
  • 4 Milk Chocolate Eggs: 160 cal, 9.2 g fat
  • 4 Hershey candy-coated chocolate eggs: 92 cal, 4 g fat
  • 20 Jelly Beans: 160 calories, 0 g fat
  • 13 Jordan almonds: 140 cal, 5 g fat
  • .7oz Peanut M&Ms: 110 cal, 5 g fat
  • 5 Peeps: 160 cal, 0 g fat
  • 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: 180 cal, 11 g fat
  • 4 Robins’ Eggs: 90 cal, 2.5 g fat

So that’s the lowdow

n on some of the common Easter Treats you may have acquired this holiday season, make sure you eat them in moderation and know just how many pieces equal 1 serving of that treat. Always read the nutrition label because every brand has a slightly different composition and I read so many Jelly Bean packages all with different numbers, so make sure you are reading your labels, but know the above list is a good guideline. Look for lower calories options. There are many treats you can eat that are under 100 calories. For Instance:

  • 24 Jelly Belly Jelly Beans: 98 cal, 0 g fat, 20 g sugars
  • 1/2 a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: 90 cal, 5 g fat, 8 g sugars
  • 0.6 oz. Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny: 95 cal, 6 g fat, 9 g sugars
  • 3 Robin’s Eggs: 100 cal,  4 g fat, 15 g sugars
  • 5 Jordan Almonds: 90 cal, 3 g fat, 15 g sugars
  • 6 Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs: 95 cal, 4 g fat, 14 g sugars
  • 6 Gumdrops: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 15 g sugars
  • 0.6 oz. Solid White Chocolate Bunny: 92 cal, 6 g fat, 10 g sugars
  • 3 Marshmallow Peeps: 98 calories, 0 g fat, 22 g sugars

So this is not meant to discourage you from enjoying some holiday treats but just to make you aware of what is actually in your Easter Baskets! My family is a prime example of Chocolate filled baskets but know that is not the only option, add non-food items to baskets and take away some of that temptation so you can enjoy the treats you really look forward to and not fill up on all the junk just because it was given to you! You guys tell me what is your favorite Easter Treat?