I 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?
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)
Gummi 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 sugar
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! —
Solid 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)
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)
Hershey’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.