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Easter Overindulgence

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If you tend to over-indulge on milk chocolate eggs and chocolate at Easter, check out the table below to see how many calories you will be consuming. Dark chocolate has less calories and is much better for you health-wise, although take care to not over eat this also.

Easter Treat

Size

Calories

Exercise

Small solid milk chocolate egg 100g 525 55 mins walking stairs
Kit Kat Chunky Easter Egg 100g 532 75 mins vigorously lifting weights
Lindt Gold Bunny 100g 535 116 mins Pilates
Nestle Smarties Egg 50g 255 42 mins aerobics
Cadbury Creme Eggs – Milk Chocolate 40g 185 14 mins Cross trainer
Cadbury Creme Eggs – Caramello 38g 195 30 mins swimming
Cadbury Creme Eggs – Dream 38g 165 17 mins Zumba
Hard Candy Eggs 70g
100g
200g
260
370
740
65 mins
91 mins
182 mins moderate cleaning
Hershey’s Almond Joy Egg 1 package 150 34 mins sweeping
Block of Cadbury Chocolate 200g 1050 130 mins rowing
1 row of Cadbury Chocolate (6 pieces) 25g 130 33 mins playing with children
Box of Cadbury Rose Chocolates 250g 1140

Nutrition of Dark Chocolate: 1 bar = 41 g (1.45 ounces) 218 calories

Dark Chocolates Health Properties:

  • Antioxidants: Rich in flavanoids that protect the body from aging caused by free radicals which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries)
  • Lowers Blood Pressure: Plant (cocoa) phenols are a compound known to lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10%
  • I think that the key is balance. If you’d like to include chocolate in your diet – make sure it’s dark chocolate. Limit to 1-2 small squares in a portion size and remember to control all other meals and drinks to avoid weight gain.