When it comes to preparing Easter baskets for kids, it’s easy to pick those ready-made candies, chocolates, jelly beans, and more. While there is nothing wrong in these types of treats, this year why not consider some healthier options or at least keep them in moderation to balance out everything. To help you, we have some great ideas that are delicious, fun, and healthy at the same time. And we promise you kids will love them too!
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Easter bunny loves carrots. So, why not wrap a few sticks with a ribbon, or fill a few small cellophane bags with baby carrots? Toss an individual hummus container in the basket for a healthy dip.
Hard Boiled Eggs
You have already dyed those eggs. So, why that filling protein go to waste? You might as well slip a few in. However, just make sure to use food grade dyes such as gel, liquid, and paste colors for cake decorating. Decorated eggs are indeed a healthy addition to any Easter basket. And they are fun too!
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For a little chocolaty treat with a healthy dose of fruit, dip grapes, whole strawberries or banana slices in melted chocolate. Microwave a little dark or semi-sweet chocolate, or melt in a double boiler and dip fruits of your choice. Freeze to let them set. For some added crunch, roll the fruit in chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans. If you prefer to stay away from sweets all together consider using nut butters such as peanut, almond, sunflower butter instead of chocolate.
Homemade Marshmallow Peeps
Easter without marshmallow peeps is like Christmas without cookies. For a healthier version, ditch the white sugar and corn syrup in favor of honey. We are not saying that these are as healthy as broccoli florets, but they are at least free of any artificial dyes and preservatives.
Plastic Easter Eggs
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Those colorful plastic Easter eggs are a great way to pre-portion treats. Fill them up with dehydrated or dried fruits such as dates, apricots, toasted hazelnuts, macadamia nuts or yogurt covered raisins. Apart from being healthy, there is an element of surprise too!
No doubt Easter Bunny is the bearer of delicious, tasty treats. But this does not mean that the holiday turns into a week-long candy spree. Use these ideas and let us know what other items would you like to put in your kids healthier Easter basket?