Easter Candy Countdown: How to Dodge the Sugar Rush

March 19, 2024

Easter Candy Countdown: How to Dodge the Sugar Rush

Marshmallow peeps

Watch Your Calories this Easter: Choosing Healthier Candy

As Easter approaches, it’s a time for celebration, family gatherings, and, of course, indulging in delicious treats. However, for those mindful of their health, it’s essential to be cautious about the candy choices we make. While it’s tempting to dive into a basket full of colorful sweets, being mindful of the calorie content can help maintain a balanced diet during this festive season.

Let’s take a closer look at some popular Easter candies and their respective calorie contents:

  1. Starburst Jelly Beans: 14 jelly beans = 100 calories
  2. Brachs Classic Jelly Beans: 10 pieces = 110 calories
  3. Whoppers Robin Egg Malted Milk Balls: 8 pieces = 180 calories
  4. Cadbury Minis (milk chocolate with a crisp sugar shell): 9 pieces = 150 calories
  5. Cadbury Crème Egg: 1 egg = 177 calories
  6. Cadbury Crème Egg minis: 1 egg = 52 calories
  7. Marshmallow Peeps: 1 peep = 28 calories
  8. Milk Chocolate Lindt Gold Bunny (3.5oz): 545 calories
  9. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup egg: 1 egg = 85 calories

While these numbers may seem innocent at first glance, they can quickly add up, especially if we’re not paying attention. Opting for lower-calorie options like Marshmallow Peeps or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup eggs can help satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. Additionally, being mindful of portion sizes can make a significant difference in calorie intake.

So, how can I be mindful?

For those looking to enjoy Easter candy while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle, here are a few tips:

  1. Read the Labels: Take a moment to check the calorie content and serving sizes of your favorite candies.
  2. Practice Portion Control: Instead of mindlessly munching, portion out your candy servings to avoid overindulging.
  3. Incorporate Physical Activity: Balance out your indulgences with some physical activity, whether it’s a walk with family or some light exercise.
  4. Choose Healthier Alternatives: Look for candies with lower calorie counts or opt for dark chocolate, which tends to have less sugar and more health benefits.
  5. Share the Love: Spread the joy of Easter by sharing your candy with friends and family, reducing your overall intake.

This Easter, let’s celebrate in a way that nourishes both our bodies and spirits. By being mindful of our candy choices and practicing moderation, we can enjoy the holiday without sacrificing our health goals. After all, Easter is about new beginnings, and what better way to start than with a balanced approach to sweets and treats?

To tailor your nutrition to your conditions and lifestyle, schedule a visit with Linda Bartl, Hegg Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at (712) 476-8065.