Easter is one week from today! Have you been indulging and enjoying Easter candy or have you been pretty disciplined? It can be really tough to be disciplined since Easter candy hits shelves on or around February 15. I can’t think of a worse temptation for candy lovers – clearance Valentine’s Day candy an aisle across from Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, Reese’s PB eggs, and Mini Robin Eggs, to name just a few of my favorites. Last year I posted about being a former Easter candy addict. I am proud to say I haven’t had a piece yet, but will indulge a little on Easter weekend.
The last thing I want to do is make anyone feel guilty about indulging in Easter candy. I don’t believe guilt should be associated with eating because after all, guilt is not a real emotion. Think about that – one of the worst feelings humans experience is a conditioned response to what we perceive is wrong or bad. Instead of feeling guilty for having candy, I encourage you to make a conscious decision regarding whether or not you truly want the candy followed by whether or not you truly enjoy the candy. To help you make that decision I’ve provided a couple sugar shockers for a few popular items this time of year – traditional jelly beans and Mini Robin Eggs, as well as a fun workout challenge!
First things first, here’s what an 18 ounce bag of Brach’s Classic Jelly Bird Eggs looks like if you were to measure the sugar out. Yikes! Here’s how I broke this down:
30 grams of sugar per serving. Bag contains about 12 servings. Thus we have 360 grams of sugar in the bag. 360 grams of sugar=12.7 ounces or 75.6 teaspoons of sugar!Moving on to the Mini Robin Eggs, which are little Whoppers. I used a 10 ounce bag and here’s the details:
30 grams of sugar per serving with about 7 servings gives us 210 grams of sugar in the bag. After converting grams to ounces, I came up with 7.4 ounces or 44.5 teaspoons!My point with this educational tool is twofold: first, know what you’re really eating. The first ingredient on the bag of jelly beans is sugar and the first on the bag of Robin Eggs is dextrose, a form of sugar so no one should be that surprised that they contain this much sugar. Second, if you don’t love jelly beans or Robin Eggs, why on Earth would you ever eat them?
Moving on to something a little more fun: a workout challenge! If you love jelly beans, or if you don’t but want a fun challenge, take my belly buster ab challenge! My favorite jelly beans are black, orange, and pink so I’d need to do one minute of bicycle crunches, one minute of row boats, and a one-minute V-Sit for my belly buster challenge! Have fun and share with your friends! If you want more fun workouts, checkout my YouTube page!