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5 Healthy Easter Candies (and 5 Calorie-Bombs to Avoid)

Worst: Marshmallow Peeps Chicks

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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? (Learn more about the Anatomy of a Peep courtesy of our Diet Doctor.)

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Try: Russell Stover Marshmallow Egg

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Just because Peeps are out of the question doesn't mean you can't get your marshmallow fix. One Russell Stover’s marshmallow-filled chocolate egg contains 3 grams of fat and 110 calories.

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Worst: Reese’s Reester Bunny

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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.

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Try: Reese Peanut Butter Eggs

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Same peanut-buttery taste, but with a fraction of the calories. Two of these eggs will only cost you 180 calories.


Worst: Cadbury Creme Eggs

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They may be the one of the most popular Easter treats, but these cream-filled eggs aren’t doing your waistline any favors. According to our Diet Doctor, one egg alone contains 20 grams of sugar, which is your entire recommended daily intake, according to the American Heart Association.

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Try: Hershey’s Kisses for Easter

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At about 25 calories apiece, in flavors from caramel to coconut creme. Enjoy 8 for under 200 calories.

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Worst: A Plastic Egg Full of Starburst Jelly Beans

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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.

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Try: Easter Smarties

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When swapping jelly beans for smarties, you can indulge all you want. Six rolls of this candy will only cost you 150 calories.

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Worst: Large Chocolate Bunny

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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 Bunny's evil caloric twin.

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Try: Mini Lindt Gold Bunnies

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Opt for these smaller—but still delicious—chocolate Easter bunnies which clock in at just 58 calories apiece. (Now, trade in your unhealthy snacks for these 15 Smart, Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food.)

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