It’s that time of year again as that bitter sweet weekend beckons and families prepare for the annual binge.
Easter can be a tricky time if you are trying to lose weight. It can be even trickier if well meaning family and friends give your kids a heap of chocolate eggs and bunnies and you do not want the kids to eat them all, so you take one for the team! But how many calories have you just eaten?!
Do I really need to know?
Why are you doing this to me you may also be asking as you’d much rather be blissfully ignorant to the calories lurking in our favourite treats for the weekend. We’ll argue that we have your back! There are smarter choices even when it comes to the humble hunting egg and we’ve rounded up ten of Australia’s popular eggs and choccy treats to help guide your choices this weekend.
Plus, the good news is that the next 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge starts on April 25th and the theme is SUGAR DETOX. So if you do overindulge on Easter Eggs, we will have your back and help you ditch the white stuff.
Check out these Easter Egg calories and how long it takes to burn them off.
We based our stats on a 35 year-old female who is 170cm tall and weighs 65kg. Thanks to Calorie King.
CADBURY’S MINI EGGS EASTER EGGS — 125g
Let’s face it – the Cadbury solid Easter Egg is a treasure hunt staple and will be found in most Aussie backyards this weekend. The bag of treats has 40 eggs per packet with each serving (around 8 tiny 3 gram eggs) coming in at 123 calories. Or 615 calories if you consume the whole packet. That’s at least a 10 min jog around the block per 8 mini eggs!
CADBURY CARAMILK EGG – 150 g
Cadbury Caramilk Gift Box is filled with delicious caramelised white chocolate Hollow Easter egg and Caramelised White Chocolate Mini Eggs. Drooling….but wait! Serving size guide suggests 6 per egg but let’s face it you’ll eat the whole thing. And that’s a whopping 839 calories and 84.6 g of sugar. Safe to say this option isn’t for the faint hearted. You’d be up for a solid 240 min walk!
CADBURY’S CRÈME EGG EASTER EGG — 39g
With that creamy centre and crisp outer shell who doesn’t love a Cadbury Crème Egg?! But it’s thanks to that gooey centre that the crème egg still packs a calorific punch. Each crème egg has 172 calories and we up the stakes to a decent 20 min
jog or 48 min walk to burn off.
LINDT GOLDEN EASTER BUNNY — 100g
Ahhh the golden bunny, the holy grail of chocolates. He’s cute but don’t be fooled. He will cost you 543 calories and nearly an hour on the treadmill at a jog! You would also be looking at consuming 33g of fat which exceeds the recommended daily intake of saturated fat by almost 20 percent.
CADBURY CRUNCHIE HOLLOW EASTER EGG – 110g
“Hollow” does tend to give us a little false sense of security when calorie counting. We like to think we’ve saved all those calories that “could” have been in the egg if it were solid. However – you need to look at the amount of grams you’re consuming as the general rule. This delicious hollow option will still set you back 573 calories and cost you a 160 min walk or 66 min jog.
ALDI SPECIALLY SELECTED LUXURY PRALINE HALF EGG — 150g
Aldi has gained a good reputation for their quality chocolate range with the Easter selections no exception. But be warned! This 150 g egg contains 743 calories and almost 3 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily sugar intake. Turn the speed up on that treadmill if you don’t want to be there half the day!
CADBURY’S HOLLOW MILK CHOCOLATE EGG — 100g
For these little beauties we are looking at 535 calories and nearly 60g of sugar. No need to ponder over the sugar high our kids take days to come down from! To burn off one of these you’re looking at a 62 min jog, 45 min swim, 83 min cycle or
151 min of walking! Time to book in some hikes for that Public Holiday Monday!
FERRERO ROCHER CHOCOLATE GIFT BOX 16 PACK
Who can resist a delectable Forrero Rocher?! One of these beauties has 74 calories but lets face it, who has just one? 3 of them is 222 calories and if you really can’t stop, for five you’re looking at 370 calories. And for those who have no will power what so ever, a whole box of 16 is 1184 calories. Skipping or rowing for around 80 minutes non stop may help burn that off!
ALDI CHOCEUR EASTER BUNNY DARK CHOCOLATE — 100g
ALDI is under the microscope again with the popular version of the gold bunny, of the dark chocolate variety to see if we can cut down any sugar. The bunny will set you back 554 calories and less sugar than the Cadbury hollow milk chocolate
egg counterpart – by 20 g. So safe to say while less sugar you’ll still be taking a long hike.
DARRELL LEA MILK CHOCOLATE NOUGAT EGG — 150g
Not quite Lindt status but still a solid contender – the Darrell Lea Milk Choc Nougat Egg was created in the 1950’s, so a long-standing crowd pleaser. But if you devour the entire egg yourself you are looking at 660 calories and a mind boggling 84g of sugar! Yikes. This converts to one hour of swimming, more than 60 minutes of jogging or 45 minutes of rowing to burn this bad boy off!
So what do we opt for?
The small solid hunting eggs are obviously small and the calorie consumption is up to you. You can portion yourself to one egg, have had the minimal amount of chocolate and calories out of these options and be done with it. But will you be satisfied? The real difficulty is limiting yourself to one or two. Dark chocolate has less sugar but not necessarily less calories.
Creme eggs do stand out as a good option. You might be surprised by this choice as the calorie content isn’t exactly low. But I bet that if you buy just one egg and eat just that one egg, that in fact you will consume less calories than buying a packet of small easter eggs. If you buy a packet of small easter eggs and your willpower isn’t very strong, you could consume fifteen eggs at around 45 calories each which equals 675. We can live with a crème egg at 172 calories. That’s always #worthit. And you can save the rest of your calories for some festive cocktails, which will no doubt be needed!