Easter and Passover Meal Tips

Partaking in your traditional Easter or Passover celebration doesn’t have to undo all your hard work. Just remember your goals and incorporate them in planning your meal and family activities. Take time to try a new healthy take on your favorite recipe. Put candy you don’t like and non-candy items like small toys in the kids’ Easter baskets. And the improved spring weather offers plenty of walking opportunities, especially after a consuming a few chocolate eggs or jelly beans.

Meal Prep Tips

There are many healthy choices this time of year as in season fruits and vegetables start making their delicious appearance in the produce section of your favorite grocery store. Steamed fresh vegetables are a true gourmet delight. Also, cooking from scratch offers you more control over the calorie and fat content of your meal. Reduce the fat and calories and without sacrificing taste with these substitutes:

  • Use and equal amount of applesauce instead of oil in cakes, brownies or muffin mixed. The puree will make your baked goods moist and tender.
  • Use egg whites or commercial egg substitutes for part or all of the whole eggs, 1 egg equals 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup of egg substitute.
  • Use broth instead of butter or fat when sautéing.
  • Use plain or vanilla fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream. It can also be used in place of whipped cream on some desserts.

Eating Tips

  • Pace your eating, enjoy the conversation at the table.
  • Don’t load up your plate. If you’re still hunger, go back and get a small portion of one item.
  • Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite food, just take a small portion.
  • Stop when you begin to feel full and make an effort to back away from the table.
  • Take a walk around the block. It’s one of the best things you can do to aid digestion, burn some calories and get away from the food.
  • If you’re eating out, don’t arrive on an empty stomach! Have a bowl of cereal, vegetable sticks, fresh fruit, a salad, a handful of nuts, or a small sandwich before you arrive.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish. It’s one way to make sure you have a good food option and your host will appreciate it.

Easter Candy Calories Count

Knowledge is power, so here is a list of a few Easter candy favorites and the number of calories so you can make an informed choice. Remember, don’t deprive yourself, just make it a small portion, and then go for a walk.

5 Peeps Marshmallow Chicks: 160
1 chocolate-covered marshmallow bunny: 60
1 chocolate-covered marshmallow egg: 100
20 Jelly beans: 160
20 Jelly Bellys: 80
8 robins eggs malted milk candies: 170
1 1-oz. (small) chocolate bunny: 140
1 1.75-oz. (medium) chocolate bunny (solid): 298
1 7-oz. (large) chocolate bunny: 1,050
7 Hershey’s Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs Pastel: 210
9 Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate with Almonds: 230
1 Cadbury Creme Egg : 170
12 Cadbury Chocolate Mini Eggs: 190
4 Sweetarts Chicks, Ducks & Bunnies: 50

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