The Easter Bunny Just Might Have it Out For Our Rear Ends

easterbunny.jpgI know we just discussed an Eat This, Not That matter yesterday, but because I know many of you are celebrating the holiday weekend — and doing so with a candy overload — I am hoping to advise you a bit on your sugary choices.

I will also attempt to adhere to the advice I am about to share with you.

I will try . . . just like the rest of you, right?!

I was flipping through my book last night and came across a section labeled Your Easter Basket. Now, how could I not share this information with you?easterbasket.jpg

Here is what the nutrition whiz kids have to say this time:

Eat This

Cadbury Creme Egg (150 calories, 5 g fat – 3 g saturated – and 22 grams of sugar)

Jordan Almonds — 12 pieces (200 calories, 7 g fat – 1 g saturated – and 26 grams of sugar)

gummibears.jpgGummi Bears — 14 pieces (140 calories, 0 g fat and 22 grams of sugar)

Milky Way Midnight Bar (220 calories, 8 g fat – 5 g saturated – and 29 grams of sugar)

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Crème bar (80 calories, 4.5 g fat – 2.5 g saturated – and 9 grams of sugarjellybelly.jpg

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans — 14 pieces (150 calories, 0 g fat and 27 grams of sugar)

Hershey’s Hugs — 9 pieces (210 calories, 12 g fat – 7 g saturated – and 21 grams of sugar)
Not That!

chocolatebunny1.jpgSolid chocolate Easter bunny — 170 grams (920 calories, 52 g fat – 32 g saturated – and 92 grams of sugar)

Snickers Almond bar (230 calories, 11 g fat – 4 g saturated – and 26 grams of sugar)peepe.jpg

Marshmallow Peeps — 5 pieces (140 calories, 0 g fat and 34 grams of sugar)

Hershey’s bar, milk chocolate (300 calories, 18 g fat – 11 grams saturated – and 33 grams of sugar)

Butterfinger bar (270 calories, 11 g fat – 6 g saturated – 29 grams of sugar)

hersheyskiss.jpgHershey’s Kisses, milk chocolate — 9 pieces (230 calories, 13 g fat – 8 g saturated – and 21 grams of sugar)

Sun Maid Vanilla Yogurt Covered Raisins — 1/4 cup (130 calories, 5 g fat – 4 g saturated – and 19 grams of sugar)

Now that we are all a bit more educated on the ins and outs of our Easter baskets, there is one point that I would like to stress to you: Fun times, like the holidays, are cookie-cutter-made for indulgences — literally. The most important thing to keep in mind for anyone who is looking to lead a healthy lifestyle is that there is a time and a place for letting your nutrition “rules” gain a little flexibility. The truth is, no healthy diet ever consists of cutting out one particular food group or treat; that way of thinking only leads to a ravenous bagel and chocolate binge at 3 a.m. in the morning.

What a healthy way of life does involve is learning when to enjoy your favorite treat and when to stop. So, while this list is a fantastic guide, use it as only that — a guide. But if your favorite Easter splurge is that chocolate bunny, then go for it.

Just eat half and save his ass for another day.



Filed under Eat, March 2008

7 responses to “The Easter Bunny Just Might Have it Out For Our Rear Ends

  1. uncle tim & aunt shawna

    I hope you had a nice Easter and had at least one chocolate bunny or 2. I used to love, love, love, those cadbury eggs when I was little, glad to know I was making a healthy choice. Unfortunately I go for the huge chocolate bunnies and crosses now. I already asked Brooke if I could have a bite of her chocolate cross, and I have to admit it was more than one bite. Luckily I had Cole in the background yelling “Don’t eat Jesus” to snap me out of my chocolate high.

  2. Aunt Shawna — I laughed so hard at this comment! What a great story! That is just hilarious … thanks for sharing.

  3. Amanda

    What about the reeses peanut butter eggs??? 😉

  4. uncle tim

    OH MY GOD, I love reeses peanut butter eggs, I bought a package of six but amazingly Cole and Brooke only got two each in their baskets. I’ll say no more, except you’re a girl after my own heart Amanda. And, I feel sooooo bad for people who are allergic to peanut butter.

  5. Uncle Tim and Amanda — I just ate two of them! I bartered Dan for one — I traded him M&M’s for an egg — and he gave me the other out of pity. How pathetic am I?

  6. Aunt Shawna

    By the way that was me, Shawna ,who wrote that about the reeses, not Uncle Tim, he’s an alien, he doesn’t like sweets.

  7. Aunt Shawna — Oh, wow! He really is from another planet!! (:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s