Easter is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your Easter basket. While typically we love to pack it with all things sweet and delicious, it’s a better idea to include some healthier alternatives to Peeps and chocolate bunnies. If you want to have a healthier Easter this year while still having fun, try out some of our sweet swaps.
Chocolate Covered Fruit
Instead of a solid chocolate bunny, add chocolate-covered fruit to your kid’s basket. Even better, make the fruit yourself. Just dip whole strawberries, grapes, or banana slices into melted chocolate. Place the chocolate-ized fruit in mini muffin papers so it doesn’t smear and then keep them in plastic bags. You can even add some crunch by rolling the fruit in nuts like almonds or pistachios.
Peanut Butter Eggs
It’s Easter, so you have to have eggs, but instead of buying Reses peanut butter eggs, make your own. There’s a great recipe on from Chocolate Covered Katie.
- ¼ cup organic peanut butter
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- Mix the peanut butter, a dash of salt, and powdered sugar in a bowl until it’s crumbly. Add extra sugar if it’s too gooey and extra peanut butter if it’s too dry.
- Form the dough into flat ovals, in the shape of eggs and freeze the dough for an hour, until hard.
- Mix the cocoa, coconut oil, and agave syrup. Mix until it looks like chocolate sauce.
- Take one egg out of the freezer at a time, cover in chocolate, and immediately return to the freezer.
- Freeze for an hour and then enjoy!
Easter isn’t Easter without peeps. Just don’t buy the usual store variety. Instead, make your own recipe at home without corn syrup, preservatives, artificial dyes, and carnauba wax. You can follow this recipe from The Nourishing Gourmet.
Though hard-boiled eggs might not seem like a common Easter treat, it’s a great and healthy substitute. Each egg is just 70 calories and provides your kid with 6 grams of protein. Plus, they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids. Make hard-boiled eggs a new healthier Easter tradition.
Instead of more sweets, give your child the gift of salty and savory gold fish crackers. They’re a great Easter basket filler. Just pack a few plastic eggs full. Your kids will love them, and, in moderation, they’re a lot better than M&Ms. You can even pack the goldfish to look like carrots so they’re particularly Easter-y. Check out this craft from Clean Scentsible.
Stick with the Easter theme and give your kids a few carrots for their basket. After all, the Easter Bunny loves carrots, right? Just wrap a few carrot sticks with a green ribbon, toss in some individually wrapped hummus containers, and let your kids go to town.
Just like Halloween doesn’t have to be packed full of sweets, neither does Easter. By making a few healthier Easter sweets for their basket this year, you can avoid the sugar crash.
What do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets?