We all know that Easter is a time of indulging. Whether it's a big family meal with ham and all the fixings or an Easter egg hunt in the backyard with little chocolate eggs, the calories can add up fast. And with all of the new sweet treats on the market that are just begging to go in your Easter basket? Holy moley! Temptation is everywhere and food companies are making bigger and sweeter treats for you to get your Easter-candy fix on with. Below is a list of five Easter candies in 2011 that are definitely worth "hopping" right over!
5 Sweet Treats to Avoid This Easter
1. Hershey's Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg. This one looks innocent enough, but one of these hollow eggs has more than three times as many calories as the Easter-candy favorite (and my personal weakness) the Cadbury Creme Egg. At just less than 5 ounces, the shell alone has 570 calories. Factor in the four Hershey kisses inside and you're up to 660 calories and — wait for it — a whopping 41 grams of fat.
2. Reese’s Reester Bunny. Most of us adore the salty-sweet combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but you're better off getting your fix from something other than this Easter treat. One of these bunnies has 798 calories, 42 grams of fat and 88 grams of carbs. Avoid at all costs.
3. A plastic egg full of Starburst Jelly Beans. Jelly beans seem like a healthier choice because they don't have all the fat associated with other chocolatey treats, but don't be fooled. The calories in jelly beans add up, especially because — like potato chips — it's darn near impossible to just eat one...or two...or 12. Remember this, one plastic egg full of the Starburst variety has 190 calories. And it won't fill you up at all. Unless you have the willpower to really just eat a small handful, hop your way in another direction.
4. Marshmallow Peeps Chicks. Sure Peeps are super cute in all their different pastel Easter colors, but with 140 calories and 80 grams of sugar (80!) for five of them, we only have one question: Can you say sugar coma?
5. Large Chocolate Bunny. This is the quintessential Easter candy food, and it's one that can derail your diet in a hurry. If you have an average-sized seven-ounce chocolate rabbit in your Easter basket, beware. That cute bunny contains more than 1,000 calories, making it the Easter bunnies evil caloric twin.
If you're looking to eat a little healthier this holiday, why not load up on these nutritious Easter and Passover foods instead of the sugar?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.