Earn your Easter Egg

It’s coming.

After Christmas, Easter was always one of my favourite excuses to devour as much chocolate as I could physically cram into my body.

So thanks today to Nutracheck, who have worked out the effort you need to exert to compensate for those goodies. Does a Creme Egg, which they’ve generously given as 4 minutes of enjoyment, feel worth the 17 minute run you’ll need to take to burn those calories?

Egg Calorie content Time to burn at moderate walk Fastest way to burn
 Mini Egg Easter Egg + 1 bag Mini Eggs 780 cals 3 hours 31 mins 1 hour 10 mins vigorous cycling
 Maltesers Easter Egg + 3 x snack size bags 820 cals 3 hours 41 mins 1 hour circuit training + 1 hour Zumba
 Kit Kat Chunky Egg + 1 Kit Kat chunky 836 cals 3 hours 46 mins 1 hour front crawl + 28 mins running at 6mph
 Mars Easter Egg + 2 x snack size bars 894 cals 4 hours 2 mins 1 hour vigorous cycling + 26 mins front crawl

Read more – and hopefully renforce your good intentions – here.

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Should we label food by exercise needed, not calories?

An interesting study led by Sunaina Dowray, a student at the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina, looked into the impact on people’s habits if they were shown one of four different menus, giving them the food’s calorie count, the time it would take to walk those calories off, the distance it would take to burn them, or none of this extra information.

People who viewed the menu without nutritional information ordered a meal with up to 200 kcals more than those with the exercise information.

This wasn’t in the real world- it was a hypothetical test online. But the results are promising; saving just 100 kcal twice a week could add up to over a kilo of weight loss over one year.

Frozen vegetables are brilliant

Frozen broccoliMany people think that frozen vegetables are less nutritious than fresh. Actually, it’s usually quite the opposite.

Fruit and veg begin to lose vitamins and nutrients as soon as they are picked. Although those lovely displays of apples can be transported halfway across the world before they sit in supermarket baskets – which is why they could be up to 10 months old!

Produce that was grown for the freezer will be picked and frozen very quickly, retaining their nutrients. They’re usually partially prepared, too. Great for midweek cooking!

I always keep broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, chopped onion and peppers in the freezer. It’s so easy to just grab a handful and chuck it into whatever you’re making. Add flavour and bulk to your meal and reduce the calorie count and the cost!

What veg do you regularly include in your cooking?