Healthier Choices For A Traditional Easter Dinner

April 18, 2019

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Easter is Sunday and for those who celebrate it with a feast, there's some simple ways to cut the calorie count down. So let's compare two favorite food items in the same category to see which one is healthier.  Ham vs Leg of Lamb. Both of these traditional Easter foods are lean cuts of meat. The lamb has 180 calories, about 7 grams of fat, and about 2 grams of saturated fat in 3½ ounces. The same amount of ham has 139 calories, 5 grams of fat, and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. However the lamb would be a healthier choice simply based on the sodium count. A serving of lamb has about 66mg of salt while ham holds a whopping 977mg, which is 42% of your of your daily allowance!  Now on to sides. Green Beans vs. Asparagus. A cup of asparagus is packed with folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. Green beans are a great source of manganese, potassium and vitamin C. However because green beans has a higher carbohydrate count, the edge goes to asparagus. Rice Pilaf vs. Roasted Red Potatoes. The nutritional makeup of rice pilaf depends on the ingredients it contains, but one cooked cup of a typical packaged rice pilaf has 352 calories. The potatoes on the other hand, have just 151 calories for a medium potato—and twice the fiber, and they supply vitamin C, iron, potassium, and niacin. Toss them in olive oil before roasting, and instead of sprinkling with salt, season them with fresh chives or rosemary. Finally Lindt Gold Milk Chocolate Bunny vs. Lindt Gold White Chocolate Bunny. While chocolate can be beneficial, both the milk and white chocolate versions are nearly identical in the nutrition department.  But remember that the calorie counts listed on the package is divided into four servings.  Each serving of the milk chocolate bunny has 110 calories and the white bunny has 120, total fat is 7 grams vs. 8 grams, and saturated fat is 4 grams vs. 4.5 grams. Both have 12 grams of sugars. But if you were to eat the entire chocolate bunny, you'll ingest 450 calories, 30 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, and 48 grams of sugars (that's 12 teaspoons)!

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SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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