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Valentine’s Day

Candy Hearts and Chocolate Treats—

How to Avoid the Valentine’s Day Sugar Rush

By Juliana Jacobs, MS RD CDN

Love is certainly in the air when February arrives…and so is chocolate!

Valentine’s Day is up on our holiday checklist, which signifies many “I LOVE YOUs” and even more chocolate and sugary treats.

If you haven’t noticed, Valentine’s Day candy has been on store shelves since early-January. More than a month before the actual day! This makes it easy for consumers to purchase candy early and leave it sitting around their kitchen as an unnecessary temptation. Although one of the perks of Valentine’s Day is receiving candy and other sweet snacks, it is important to be mindful of the excess sugar that these treats contain.

Keeping that in mind, there is no need to completely boycott candy and chocolate this Valentine’s Day. We just need to indulge in a way that won’t undo all of the hard work we have done throughout the year.

Here are some sweet-tooth satisfying alternatives for store-bought candy:  

Although Valentine’s Day is a time to spread the love, it doesn’t mean we have to over-indulge. Like on any other special day, it is okay to treat yourself to chocolate or other candy; however the key is to be mindful and not go to extremes!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Valentine’s day!

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