Stop Hunting for These 4 Sugar-Packed Easter Treats
But as I’m sure you’ve deduced from the title, I’m back to share the Easter Treats you want to keep in check with Easter being just around the corner.
Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, this post still applies to you because we all know well and good that when we see pastel foil-wrapped goodies we don’t give a flip about if we celebrate the holiday or not.
With that in mind here are the four Easter-themed treats you’ll want to keep at a safe distance.
1.) Cadbury Creme Eggs
Let’s just start with the heavy hitter shall we?
Cadbury Creme Eggs are the ultimate Easter basket classic and to say I’m not going to have one this spring would be a complete lie.
However, with 20 grams of sugar and 6 grams of fat in one egg, it’s best to not indulge in this treat more than one or two times while they’re available in stores.
Although it might be tempting to buy a 5-pack because it’s a better value, just buy it individually so there’s no temptation to inhale back to back eggs.
When it’s phrased like that it sounds pretty gross, so yeah, let’s just keep it to one creme egg.
2.) Chocolate Bunnies
I’m not sure whose idea it was to create one giant piece of chocolate in the shape of a delightful forest creature, but I can be certain they were an evil genius.
Maybe it’s because the chocolate bunnies are one wholly wrapped piece of candy, but I can guarantee I’m not the only one who finds it impossible to spread out the consumption of a chocolate bunny over time.
First I start by breaking off the ears and before you know it it’s less than 24 hours later and I’m down to the bunny’s chocolate tail puff. My point is, the bunnies are hard to portion.
Advice for this confectionary treat: If you don’t have a couple people you can share it with, don’t unwrap one at all. You can have a couple of those mini chocolate foil-wrapped eggs and get your chocolate fix for a lot less damage.
And if someone happens to gift you with a chocolate bunny go ahead and melt it down for chocolate and fruit fondue to make it a tad healthier!
3.) Reese’s Eggs
Yep, Reese’s makes a reappearance.
They’ve really capitalized on holidays by creating those double-the-size and triple-the-fat (and quadruple-the-deliciousness) specialty cups, and the Reese’s Easter eggs are no different than the pumpkins or the trees. One of those is enough to undo your entire cardio session.
But again, this is a treat, which doesn’t equal deprivation, just try sharing your Reese’s egg or saving half for another day. No need to eat the whole thing at once.
The folks at Peeps have tried to pull the same stunt as Reese’s by offering up other seasonal varieties like hearts, pumpkins and trees, but somehow Peeps just don’t seem right unless they’re the spring-time variety.
Since many people still regard these as only being available once a year, that means gorging ensues.
Now I don’t care what excuse you give yourself, whether it’s that the marshmallows will get stale if you don’t finish the package within a day or two or that Peeps are mostly air, you don’t need to be eating a whole package of sugar-covered marshmallow chicks.
According to Shape Magazine, “One serving of Peeps is five chick-shaped pieces, each containing 28 calories. This may not seem like a lot, but almost all of these calories come from sugar (one Peep has 7.2 grams of carbs, 6.8 of which are sugar), meaning they’re as empty as it gets.”
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, unless you can share a package or truly control yourself, just don’t buy it.
When it’s all said and done, Easter can create quite a fiasco for your eating habits and there’s just no reason for it.
Don’t fall victim to seasonal candy marketing and remind yourself that these are treats and should be treated as such. Pick your one or two favorite indulgences and be relentless about keeping your portions in check, even if that means buying a package of Peeps, eating two and throwing the rest away.
And if you’re the one who has to buy these treats for your kid’s candy baskets, try incorporating more non-edible items like small toys, tickets to a movie or some cold hard cash. Trust me, the kids won’t complain.