Would You Walk a Mile for 3 Peeps?

March 30, 2010

Spring has sprung, and that means the Spring Holidays are upon us. Bunny has friends and relatives who celebrate both Easter and Passover.

The Passover Seder

Nutritionally speaking, Passover is the less challenging of the two for the average dieter. The celebration of the escape of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt calls for a meal featuring matzos, matzo ball soup, brisket or roast chicken, wine, hard-boiled eggs, an array of desserts that don’t involve yeast, and the inevitable but highly disgusting gefilte fish.

Nutritionists argue that gefilte fish is high in Omega3 fatty acids. We reject any positive statements regarding this hideously ugly dish. Even the name is distasteful.

By the way, why are all the disgusting foods healthy? What’s up with that?

To review, when the Hebrews got out of dodge, they were in a big hurry because the folks were after them with big lamb shanks. When the storm hit, they were all baking bread (every one of them), and they had to leave before the bread had a chance to rise. What happened to all this bread is unclear, but the Hebrews made it out, hallelujah, and their modern-day descendants commemorate these events by eight days of keeping Kosher for Passover (a discipline even more restrictive than garden-variety keeping kosher).

In addition, one unfortunate member of each family spends another eight days (more or less) preparing for and cleaning up after a formal sit-down dinner that involves praying, reclining, reading, searching for hidden matzo, and approximately 23 complete sets of dishes, each of which is supposed to be kept in separate rooms and washed in separate dishwashers.

Or something like that.

An old but still accurate article in the New York Times tells us that, “the traditional Passover seder of gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzoh balls, roast chicken with matzoh-meal stuffing, prune and potato tzimmes, green beans with almonds and sponge cake would provide one diner with 1,938 calories, 94 grams of fat, 23.1 grams of saturated fat, 546 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,859 milligrams of sodium.”

Could be worse.

We were interested to hear that the Obama White House holds a Passover seder. This tradition began as a way for Jewish campaign workers to celebrate the holiday when they couldn’t leave the campaign trail to be with their families. (The traditional “Next year in Israel” became “Next Year in the White House!”) Candidate Obama attended that first seder in a hotel basement, and now the tradition continues at the White House.

Now, let’s talk about Easter.

Christians celebrate the Resurrection, Ascension, all that Good (Friday and otherwise) stuff that occurred on that miraculous weekend a couple of thousand years ago, in many ways. Often there’s a nice dinner. Maybe a brunch.

Like Passover, there are boiled eggs. Unlike Passover, there’s ham.

Ham is not big at Passover.

What’sCookingAmerica.net is a nice website for ideas about what to cook for Easter Dinner. It also includes instructions for boiling the perfect egg, and then how to color it. Take a look.

And then there’s Easter Baskets.


Easter baskets, and their sunny little ingredients, are the REAL problem dieters face from the Spring holidays.

Ready for a reality check? Take a look at this happy little calculator from About.com. It tells you how far you’d have to walk to make up for the consumption of your Easter basket favorites. Check this out:

  • One Cadbury Creme Egg = 3.1 miles
  • 5 Peeps = 1.6 miles
  • One small chocolate bunny (1 oz.) OR 25 small jellybeans = 1.4 miles

That’s about 5 jellybeans per half-mile.

Would YOU walk a half mile for the privilege of consuming 5 jellybeans? Or more than 3 miles for one sad little Cadbury Creme Egg?

Would you?

Would Bunny…?

We’ll let you know.

Happy Easter and Chag Pesach Sameach!

One Response to “Would You Walk a Mile for 3 Peeps?”

  1. […] learned in last year’s Easter post just how damaging those innocent-looking marshmallowy chocolatey things can […]

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