GFGL FOOD BLOG: Candy Crisis Averted

In the spirit of Easter I thought it would be a good idea to talk a bit about candy. I know that I am still currently recovering from my sugar hangover and am finding it hard to resist all of the leftover candy in my basket. My first piece of advice to you is to give away your extra candy. It’s OK to indulge once in a while, but since Easter has come and gone, the candy should follow in its footsteps. If you have no one to pawn it off on, throw it away. It may not be the greenest thing, but your body will thank you.

For chocolate lovers, try to lean more toward dark chocolate. If you don’t like the bitterness of it, which I love, try to pick bars with nuts in them for protein and more staying power. Whatever you do, avoid white chocolate; it’s the least healthy and most unnatural chocolate choice out there.

If you like chewy candy, try Twizzlers, they’re low in fat and you can have six of them for under 200 calories.

As with all food, it’s mostly about moderation. You deserve to indulge, but that’s not an excuse to go overboard. I found a list on Sparkpeople.com that lists candy options under 100 calories. Here’s what I found:

  1. 2 mini Reece’s Peanut Butter cups for 80 calories.
  2. 2 mini Snicker’s bars for 90 calories.
  3. 1 Tootsie Roll Pop for 60 calories.
  4. 10 Whoppers for 100 calories.
  5. 7 Gummi Bears for 70 calories.
  6. 1 fun size package of M&Ms for 100 calories.
  7. 1 fun size Almond Joy bar for 100 calories.

You can find the full list and more nutritional information at SparkPeople.

I know from personal experience that sometimes it seems best to binge on the candy sitting in front of you so it’s all gone before Monday morning when you can start fresh and eat clean for the rest of the week, but I can’t tell you enough that this is not the way to go! Your body doesn’t want to be filled with all of that junk at one time. Try breaking the candy up into individual servings and hide it. That way, when you do feel like something sweet, you can grab one serving and be good to go and for the rest of the time, out of sight out of mind. Enjoy the candy, actually taste it, and if you pay enough attention to your body you might realize that a couple bites is all you need to feel satisfied. A few bites isn’t going to hurt you and it may keep you from binging later.

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