Hungry Girl: My Favorite Easter Candies Under 150 Calories

03/14/2016 at 12:59 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

When Easter rolls around, retailers basically go into Halloween-like mode –loads of candy, but all in pastel colors. Well, some of those sweets are smarter choices than others. (Sorry, life-size, solid-chocolate Easter bunny!) Here are a few treats to enjoy (in moderation, of course!)…

Peeps Vanilla Delight Marshmallow Chicks
These speckled marshmallows are the prettiest Peeps I’ve ever seen. And the great thing about marshmallow-based candies is that they’re pretty light and low in calories. These are dunked in a crème-flavored fudge, so they’re not as low as plain Peeps, but at 50 calories per chick, they’re worth it! (BTW, this Peeps flavor is available exclusively at Target.)

Twizzlers Easter Grass Candy
“HG, isn’t this just green apple Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel?” Yes, but it’s such a fun way to market it that I don’t really care. Well played, Twizzlers! Plus, a serving size of the green candy is 18 strands (140 calories), so it’s pretty tough to eat too much of it.

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M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies Fun Size Easter Packs
I’m a sucker for pretty colors, but plunging your hand into a giant bag of Easter-egg chocolate candies is probably going to result in a chocolate coma. Hooray for mini packs! The fun-size packages have about 75 calories each — portion control rocks.

Jelly Belly Superfruit Mix Jelly Beans
Jelly beans are an Easter classic, but this is 2016 – we can do better than the standard beans that basically just taste like sugar. Jelly Belly (a.k.a. the gold standard of jelly beans) makes this line with all-natural flavors and colors from natural sources. Acai Berry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Pomegranate, and Barbados Cherry? WOW. As always, each bean has 4 calories, so count out a reasonable serving and enjoy!

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Cadbury Creme Egg
Enough dancing around it, I know you want one. So when you inevitably cave to the Cadbury Creme Egg, know that each has 150 calories and 6g fat. And they’re so insanely sugary that just one should satisfy you for the rest of the season.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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