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Easter treats

If given a tray of Easter Eggs can you stop at one or two or do you eat the whole lot?

Making the decision to alter your eating patterns need not preclude you from the occasional treat such as an Easter Egg or Easter Bun. It’s really a matter of the size of your serving, the frequency of these indulgences, how much you have in store from past years of treating and your urgency now to do something about it.

Consider the following:

If you are active and healthy the odd chocolate Easter egg will do no harm so long as you don’t over do it.

  • Chocolate does not cause or aggravate acne
  • The caffeine in a chocolate (10mg) is less than in an espresso coffee (100mg)
  • Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants (phenols and catechins) than milk chocolate or black tea which protect heart health. However this is cancelled out by the stearic and palmitic acids, which are saturated fats in chocolate that reduces the good HDL cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease.
  • The cocoa butter in chocolate also contains saturated fat and calories which can increase blood cholesterol levels and body weight.
  • Easter buns and muffins can provide a healthy alternative to cheese and crackers as an in-between snack and if you are keen to reduce the salt and energy content then visit our recipe section.

If your weight and cholesterol level is of concern to you this Easter then:

  • Share the chocolates you are given
  • Eat meals on time so that your are less vulnerable to snacking
  • Set a task to complete over the weekend to increase your feelings of achievement and boost your level of exercise.

 

To help you make an informed decision about possible Easter food distractions here are some facts.

Easter Eggs

Product
per 100g
Serving
size
Energy
(kJ/kcal)
Fat
(g)
Carbs
(g)
Sodium
(mg)
Carbs
(g)/serve
Caramello marshmallow 25g 1749/416 12.3 72.7 30 18.2
Hokey Pokey marshmallow 25g 2253/536 29 68 37 17.8
Old Gold (tiny) x4 25g 2200/526 29.5 57.3 30 14.3
Cadbury (tiny) x4 25g 2210/529 28.6 60.1 81 15.1
Trilogy Box (3 eggs) 130g 2210/536 29.2 59.2 90 14
Eggasaurus 130g 2190/524 29.8 58.4 71 14.6
Crunchie (10eggs) 130g 2200/523 27.8 64.2 56 14.8
Cream Egg original 39g 1840/438 15.3 70.9 50 27.7

Easter Buns

Product
per 100g
Serving
size
Energy
(kJ/kcal)
Fat
(g)
Carbs
(g)
Carbs
(g)/serve
Sodium
(mg)
Fibre
(g)
Tip Top Easter Buns 55g 1100/263 4.7 43.9 24.1 290 4.5
Quality Bakers (QB) 50g 1350/321 3.7 61.3 30.7 400 3.6
QB Kids (no fruit) 50g 1250/298 2.7 59.1 29.6 480 3.8
Sunny Crust 50g 1290/307 2.6 59.7 29.9 370 3.6
McKenzie High Country 90g 1190/283 4 58.6 52.8 335 3.5
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns 50g 1270/302 2.6 59.3 29.6 465 2

For more ideas:

Read Lea’s article The “exercise price” of eating Easter eggs for more information.

If you would like to find a recipe for Easter muffins of buns for you over Easter or for the children to make over the school holidays then try our Easter baking recipes.

If you would like a nutritional check up before we head into winter then contact us if you would like us to help you.

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Lea Stening

Lea is one of New Zealand’s leading paediatric dietitians and also specialises in Sports Nutrition. She has specialised in Paediatric Nutrition for 31 years and in 1985 was the first paediatric dietitian to enter private practice in New Zealand. Lea helps families through her private consultations, public lectures, newspaper and magazine articles as well as television and radio interviews. Read more »

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