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A Hippity-Hoppity Motivation Monday!

If you need some motivation to get moving on this particular Motivation Monday, let me direct your attention to the empty Easter basket in your house.

If you were lucky enough to get your own personal visit from the Easter bunny or perhaps you simply swiped some of your kids’ loot, you joined thousands of others in a sugar-filled holiday celebration. After Halloween, Easter is the second-largest candy-giving holiday. So if you enjoyed savoring some sweetness, now’s the time to work it off!

Still need a shot of motivation to kick the candy coma and get your butt to the gym? Here are some calorie counts of some of the most popular treats:

  • Cadbury eggs – my all-time favorite! One egg = 170 calories; 6 grams of fat
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (probably my second favorite) One egg = 180 calories; 11 grams of fat
  • Solid chocolate bunny (small, 1.75 ounces) = 298 calories; 18 grams of fat
  • Brach’s Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg: 1=43 cals, 1.2 g fat,6 g sugar
  • Jelly Beans: 20 candies = 160 calories, 0 grams of fat (But oh, the sugar!)
  • Jordan Almonds: 13 almonds = 140 calories, 5 grams of fat
  • Peeps: 5 Peeps = 160 calories, 0 grams of fat (Again, the sugar!)

For those celebrating Passover, here’s how a few menu items break down:

  • Dark chocolate covered matzah: 3 pieces – 200 calories; 11 grams of fat
  • Coconut macaroons: 2 cookies = 142 calories; 7 grams of fat
  • Chocolate coconut macaroons: 1 cookie – 190 calories; 11 grams of fat

Remember, whatever and whenever you celebrate, enjoy the quality time with family and friends and don’t sweat the extra calories. There’s always post-holiday time to get back on track with your plans to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

 

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Smart Prep for Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Time to burn a few extra calories in preparation  for the sweetest day of the year – Halloween!

This is a tough holiday for me, because along with my red wine, I really do love chocolate. Luckily, there are some treats that aren’t quite as spooky as others when it comes to the calorie content.

Here are a few ideas that can help you feel a little less guilty if your hand finds its way into that plastic pumpkin basket to grab a treat of your own:

Going to extremes: Buy candy you DON’T like. Since I’m a chocolate fiend, buying fruity candies like Skittles or Starbursts is an easy way for me to avoid  finding too many wrappers in my trash on November 1st. You can also hand out sugar-free gum. At about five calories per stick, if you chew on a few of those during the holiday, it’s obviously not going to blow your healthy eating habits to smithereens.

Middle-of-the-road options:Here are some candy options that will help keep the calorie overload to a reasonable level:

  • York Peppermint Patties: who says you can’t enjoy a full-size candy bar without a side order of guilt? This cool treat drenched in dark chocolate is 140 calories with 2.5 grams of fat. (Compare that to a full-size Snickers bar that has 280 calories and 14 grams of fat, and you’ve got a good reason to be satisfied by all that minty goodness!)
  • Mini Three Musketeer Bars: You can enjoy three minis for 24 calories and less than one gram of fat.
  • Hershey Kisses: Three chocolate smooches come in at 67 calories and 4 grams of fat.
  • Tootsie Roll: One piece has 26 calories and five grams of fat.
  • Candy Corn: You can have a whole handful of 10 pieces for only 64 calories and 0 grams of fat.
  • 100 Calorie Packs: A good alternative to candy bars, these individual packs can satisfy your sweet tooth and take the guess-work out of portion control.
I wrap up by wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! Remember, even this sweet holiday doesn’t have to put the brakes on your quest to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Forget the ghosts and goblins. You know what’s really spooky about Halloween? The amount of calories, fat and sugar in one grab bag of treats!

This is a tough holiday for me, because along with my red wine, I really do love chocolate. Luckily, there are some treats that aren’t quite as scary as others when it comes to the calorie content. If you still need to stock up on some last-minute treats, here are some options that can help you feel a little better if your hand finds its way into that plastic pumpkin basket to grab a treat of your own:

  • York Peppermint Patties: who says you can’t enjoy a full-size candy bar without a side order of guilt? This cool treat drenched in dark chocolate is 140 calories with 2.5 grams of fat. (Compare that to a full-size Snickers bar that has 280 calories and 14 grams of fat, and you’ve got a good reason to be satisfied by all that minty goodness!)
  • Mini Three Musketeer Bars: You can enjoy three minis for 24 calories and less than one gram of fat.
  • Hershey Kisses: Three smooches come in at 67 calories and 4 grams of fat.
  • Tootsie Roll: One piece has 26 calories and five grams of fat.
  • Candy Corn: You can have a whole handful of 10 pieces for only 64 calories and 0 grams of fat.
  • 100 Calorie Packs: A good alternative to candy bars, these individual packs can satisfy your sweet tooth and take the guess-work out of portion control.
One final tip: if you’re taking the kids out trick-or-treating, chew on a stick of sugar-free gum while you make the rounds. Each stick usually only packs about five calories and with the sweet fixation already in your mouth, you may not be as tempted to sneak into the kids’ goodie bags for something else.

I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! Remember, even this sweet holiday doesn’t have to ruin your quest to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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