Healthier Paczki Alternative: Baked Nutmeg Donut

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baked nutmeg doughnut
Fat Tuesday and Paczki Day are synonymous in Michigan. For those that don’t know, a “paczki” is a Polish donut that is filled with jelly, custard or cream. It does not skimp on flavor or calories. It was made to help get rid of extra sugar, flour and lard before fasting began for the Lenten season. Calorie Comparison
Since there are a variety of recipes any one paczek can run from 500-1000 calories. A paczek that is not fried in lard runs about 700 calories on average.
    • 10 packs of fun size chocolate M&Ms (one fun size M&M pack has 73 calories)
    • 3 slices of pepperoni and cheese pizza from Little Caesar’s (one slice has 280 calories)
    • 5 cans (12 oz.) of Coke (one 12 oz. can has 140 calories)
    • 4-5 tacos from Taco Bell (one hard taco has 170 calories)
    • 4 Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts (one donut has 190 calories)
Burn It Off
If you still want to have your paczek and eat it too, here is some insight on what you would have to do to burn it off.
  • You would have to walk or run 7-10 miles.
  • You would have to walk the Detroit’s Ren Cen’s indoor walking track 49 times. (7 laps is one mile. 49 laps would be 7 miles.)
  • You would have to do jumping jacks for about 2 hours. (30 minutes of jumping jacks burns 150-200 calories, depending on your body weight.
  • You would have to do about 7,000 sit-ups. (100 sit-ups burns about 10 calories.)
  • You would have to do about two hours Zumba. (An hour-long Zumba class burns an average of 400 calories.)
On this “Fat Tuesday,” look no further than this recipe for a delicious alternative: a baked nutmeg donut complete with berry icing.
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