Adults Featured Healthy News Kids Teens — 18 March 2016

Find out how many calories are in your Easter Basket.

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Why does the Easter Bunny bring candy? Given that he’s a rabbit, carrots would seem more appropriate. Nevertheless, come Easter morning there’s no hiding the fact that your child’s basket will be filled with traditional sweets. Before anybody starts nibbling, here are ten “healthy-ish” Easter basket treats all under 225 calories. The key: pay attention to portion size and opt for heart-healthy dark chocolate. A good old fashion egg hunt will help burn off calories, too!

  1. Colored Hard-Boiled Egg (Check out my recipe)1 egg (50 grams), 70 calories, 4 grams fat, 6 grams protein
  2. Peeps®: 5 chicks (42 grams), 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram protein
  3. Dark Chocolate Bunny: 1.5 ounces (43 grams), 220 calories, 14 grams fat, 2 grams protein
  4. Jelly Beans: 35 beans (40 grams), 140 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams protein
  5. Peanut M&Ms®: ¼ cup (42 grams), 220 calories, 11 grams fat, 4 grams protein
  6. Cadbury® Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs: 12 pieces (40 grams), 180 calories, 10 grams fat, 2 grams protein
  7. Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs: 4 pieces (47 grams), 190 calories, 5 grams fat, 2 grams protein
  8. Whoppers® Mini Robin Eggs: 20 eggs (56 grams), 145 calories, 4 grams fat, 0.5 gram protein
  9. Pez® Easter Candy Dispenser: 3 rolls (27 grams), 105 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams protein
  10. Bunny Patch Candy Corn: 21 pieces (40 grams), 150 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams protein

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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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