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Burn Off Those Peeps

Enjoy your Easter splurges, guilt-free, with these smart moves to burn off the calories.

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5 Peeps (160 calories)

It's not Easter without these chewy chicks!

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Burn It Off This Way: Hopscotch!

"Turn a traditional Easter egg hunt into an inferno for those unwanted calories," says Dallas Mitchell, a fitness coach for Sola Life and Fitness, also at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. "Hopping burns 20 calories per minute." Whether you play hopscotch with your kids or do jumping jacks, in 10 to 15 minutes those Peeps will be history.

Note: The calories burned are estimates. What you burn depends on your height, weight, and the vigor in your workout.

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Peanut Butter Egg (1.2 ounce, 170 calories)

Somehow the egg shape makes this creamy treat irresistible, especially when you find it hiding at the bottom of someone else's Easter basket.

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Burn It Off This Way: A Brisk Walk

Hop on a treadmill or elliptical trainer for 20 minutes, or go for a brisk 20-minute walk around the neighborhood and you'll burn 150 calories, says exercise specialist and personal trainer Tom Spring, M.S., a corporate and community health program manager at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Goodbye, peanut butter egg!

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12 Mini Chocolate Eggs (190 calories)

"I'm a registered dietitian but I'm still the biggest fan of Cadbury Mini Eggs," says Melissa Buczek, M.S., R.D., a nutrition and wellness consultant and co-founder of Right Start Nutrition in Hoboken, New Jersey. "I cannot wait for them to appear each spring in the stores."

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Burn Them Off This Way: Yoga

"Practice 90 minutes of yoga or play 30 minutes of singles tennis," says Buczek. That's how she burns off her mini-egg indulgences. "But they're so worth it," she says. Calories burned: 190.

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4 Deviled Eggs (300 calories)

You can always say the devil made you do it.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Skip

Run up the stairs, skipping every other step, 15 times, suggests Jolene Matthews, a certified group fitness instructor, trainer, and dancer in New York City. "This is amazing for tightening your butt and core—and a great way to get your metabolism going before breakfast." Calories burned: 300.

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Large Creme Egg (150 calories)

This egg isn't as healthy as the real thing, but oh-so yummy.

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Burn It Off This Way: Go Fly a Kite

"Enjoy the spring weather by flying a kite for 15 minutes," says Alysa Bajenaru, R.D. and certified personal trainer in Phoenix. Calories burned: 150.

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5 M&M's Mini-Chocolate Eggs (179 calories)

No, peeling off those shiny little wrappers doesn't burn calories.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Play Frisbee

Play Frisbee for one hour and you'll burn 180 calories.

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30 Jelly Beans (140 calories)

Who can resist this common desktop nibble, especially since it's one of the lowest-calorie treats of the season.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Jump Rope

"Just 10 minutes of jumping rope equals about one mile of running," says New York City personal trainer Deveren Fogle, creator of a personal training app, MyGenius Trainer. "You're toning your legs and calves, and your shoulders and forearms are getting a killer workout." Calories burned: 200.

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8 Malted Milk Chocolate Speckled Robin Eggs (180 calories)

Whoever dreamed up these speckled gems was a genius. You know they're calling to you, nesting in that cellophane green grass.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Swim

Make a splash—at your swimming pool. Swim for 30 minutes to burn 190 calories, says Lisa Druxxman, M.A., a fitness and nutrition expert in San Diego and founder of Stroller Strides, which offers fitness classes for moms.

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4 Marshmallow Bunnies (110 calories)

Don't let the bunnies go hopping down the bunny trail, especially when they're so sweet and chewy.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Stroll

"Break out the stroller and take your child for a spring stroll," says fitness and nutrition expert Druxxman. You'll share quality time and sunshine, and in 30 minutes you'll burn away quite a bit of that bunny. Calories burned: 50.

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4 Chocolate Carrots (210 calories)

At least they look and sound as though they're good for you.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Box

"Invest in a pair of boxing gloves and pads," says fitness instructor Matthews. "One person wears the gloves while the other person deflects your jabs with the pads. This is the ultimate workout for burning fat, especially around the belly. In one half-hour, you'll burn 250 calories."

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Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg (4.4 ounces, 600 calories)

This is the mother of all Easter treats, too tempting to ignore, too big to eat—or at least you thought so a half-hour ago.

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Burn It Off This Way: Boogie

"Turn on the radio and boogie by yourself or with the kids for 90 minutes," says Matthews. "It gets the heart rate up and allows you to check in with your inner child. Just let go." The time will fly by—and so will the calories. Calories burned: 567.

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13 Jordan Almonds (140 calories)

If it weren't for the sugar, you could almost feel virtuous. After all, almonds pack a wallop of vitamin E, protein, and healthy vegetable fat.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Bike

Dust off the bike, pump air in the tires, grab your helmet, and cruise the bike path for about 20 minutes, suggests Druxxman. The sun will supply the vitamin D, you supply the dash. Calories burned: 150.

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