Easter eggs don’t have to be a health trap

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It seems like we just recovered from the bad eating nightmare that was Christmas, and all of a sudden it’s Easter time again. Danger! Danger! Diet traps ahead!!

It’s so easy to forget about your healthy diet over Easter. But we are here to help you stay on track with your health goals, despite the temptations the Easter Bunny has in store this year.

Here’s a good reminder to help you stay mindful this Easter break.

How much energy (calories) are you getting from your favourite Easter eggs?

Easter Egg

Nutritionals Equivalent to… Cost – minutes of walking to burn off?*
Mars Maltesers Bunny (29g) Calories: 159
Fat: 9g
Sugar: 14.6g
 2 ½ punnets of strawberries  40 mins
Cadbury Crème Egg (39g) Calories: 171
Fat: 6g
Sugar: 25.1g
 1 ½ tubs of Chobani Fat Free Greek yoghurt  43 mins
Lindt Gold Bunny – Milk (100g) Calories: 543
Fat: 33g
Sugar: 49g
 8 slices of wholegrain bread  2 hrs 26 mins
Cadbury Dream Egg (110g) Calories: 756
Fat: 38.3g
Sugar: 60.9g
 5 small sweet potatoes  3 hrs 15 mins
Cadbury Mini Eggs (250g bag) Calories: 1238
Fat: 52g
Sugar: 169g
 2.6 litres reduced fat milk  5 hrs 16 mins
Cadbury Crunchie Bunny (170g) Calories: 891
Fat: 47.4g
Sugar: 96.9g
 9 ½ apples  3 hrs 7 mins
Lindt Gold Bunny – Dark (100g) Calories: 514
Fat: 25.7g
Sugar: 60.7g
 11 carrots  2 hrs 14 mins

*figures based on an 80 kg person who burns approximately 4 calories per minute.

5 Healthy Eating Tips for Easter

1. Don’t buy eggs in bulk

When you are perusing the Easter egg section of the supermarket, it’s important to remember you aren’t preparing for hibernation. There is really no need to buy Easter chocolate in bulk. Yet, it’s a common trap. Unless you’re providing Easter eggs for a family of 40+ people, purchase your Easter chocolate mindfully so you buy only what you need. A little planning can go a long way.

2. Look for alternate treats

Why not consider alternate gifts this Easter? We’ve heard the Easter bunny can bring non-chocolate gifts as well! A small toy, game or alternate present for your loved ones can still be a happy way to celebrate any festive occasion, without the extra calories and sugar.

3. Make your own eggs

Did you know? Chocolate Easter eggs are very easy to make. Why not give DIY eggs a go. This way you can use healthier ingredients like raw cacao powder, cacao nibs and some extra virgin coconut oil. Even a good quality dark chocolate can be a healthier alternative to a shop-bought chocolate egg. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and antioxidants which have health benefits, unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate.

4. Eat normal meals

It’s easy to let go of your normal healthy eating routine during the holidays. However, when the holiday involves an abundance of chocolate, normal meals can quickly become replaced by excessive unhealthy calories. Make sure you stock up on healthy and satiating foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes. Fill yourself up on a good meal rather than overeating Easter eggs.

5. Out of sight, out of mind

Watch where you keep those eggs this Easter. What is left out in plain sight is very tempting and harder to avoid. If you’re struggling with the temptation of leftover Easter chocolate (or trying desperately not to dig into the kids’ stash), keep your Easter goodies tucked away out of sight. Or, give them away. It seems simple, but it can help a lot!

Dr Sue Radd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and one of Australia’s leading nutritionists and health communicators. Her most recent book Food as Medicine: Eating for Your Best Health received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Health and Nutrition Book in the world for 2016. Go to her website for more information.

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