Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. High days and holidays can feel like an overload of temptation for anyone trying to lose weight, but the good news about calorie counting is that you can still celebrate Easter with the rest of the family.
At Nutracheck we thought it would be useful to have a delve into the world of Easter Eggs and find out if they really are all the same, or if there are any healthier options.
In general, the calorie and fat content of an Easter egg are directly related to its size, but sizes can vary hugely. From a small child's size Chocolate Buttons egg (101g) with around 530 calories and 30g of fat, to a giant Lindt Milk Chocolate egg with Truffles (285g) containing around 1,500 calories and over 80g of fat - and that's just the egg not the truffles - you can see where the differences lie! Obviously we're not suggesting that anyone would eat the giant egg in one sitting, but the temptation is there.
Bags of mini eggs might be small but are still quite calorific. The good news is that they are available in treat size bags so you can keep a check on portions.
No-one likes to be a party pooper, and I'm a firm believer that at some times of the year (Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, holidays) it is important to enjoy the occasion and not get too hung up on calorie counting. However, slipping back into old habits (even just for a day) can start to undo all the hard work you've done so far, so it's really important to try and find ways to carry on enjoying your life, but at the same time being mindful about keeping everything in balance.
The good thing about Nutracheck is that no food is banned - so if you want to have a cheeky Crème Egg on the way home from work, go for it! Just make sure that you record everything in your diary.
Portion control is key when it comes to food intake. So I have shortlisted my top 6 best 'treat size' chocolate Easter options this year. All come in at under 200 calories per portion, so they won't break the calorie bank.
|Easter Egg||Calories per portion||Fat per portion|
|1. Lindt Chocolate Chicks (10g)||57 calories||3.7g|
|2. Cadbury Mini Eggs treat size (31.9g bag)||155 calories||6.6g|
|3. Cadbury Crème Egg||175 calories||6g|
|4. Galaxy Caramel Mini Eggs (12g per egg)||59 calories||3g|
|5. Kinder Mini Eggs||145 calories (per 5 eggs)||9g (per 5 eggs)|
|6. Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Egg (18g)||114 calories||8.8g|
Of course, this doesn't stop you enjoying a traditional Easter Egg - sometimes there's no substitute for peeling off the foil and cracking into a 'proper' egg! If this is you, then don't worry - think about how you can 'portion out' the egg yourself. As a child I always broke the whole egg into pieces and kept in in a Tupperware pot in the fridge. Take a piece out when you fancy it but don't overdo it then the treat lasts so much longer. The best bit was still having chocolate left days after my sister had eaten all of hers!
So in answer to the big Easter Egg question 'How Do You Eat Yours'? ....My advice would be 'not all in one go'!
Happy Easter everyone - enjoy!
Nutritionist Emma Brown, MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.