Easter is a sweet time of year for retailers, who saw an estimated $2.4 billion in candy sales in 2016. If you want to stock up on sugary treats, wait until March, when retailers put ordinary candy on deep discount to clear shelf space for Marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies. You probably don’t need a reason to eat more chocolate. Medical marijuana But, if you do, consider the fact that some studies have linked a moderate consumption of dark chocolate with lower blood pressure. Beware of eating too much, though chocolate averages about 200 calories for every 1.4 ounces. If you’re watching your waistline, consider giving the gift of chocolate to a friend. Two minor holidays in March provide the perfect excuse: National Chocolate Caramel Day on March 19 and National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day on March 24. You can discover chocolate deals online as well as in stores. Head to coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com to find discount coupons for boxed chocolate savings of 10 percent or more. Best: Exercise Equipment aerogondo2 / Shutterstock.com Many people blow their diets on green beer for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s easy to eat poorly during the rest of the month, as well.
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