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Nutritious and Delicious—Alternatives to Easter Candy

Easter is right around the corner, which means it is time for
Easter Basket creation. Children love receiving Easter Baskets, and many families
celebrate it as a tradition for Easter morning. Easter treats can still be
enjoyed, but try to look beyond the stocked shelves of Peeps and Chocolate
Bunnies this year and consider healthy alternatives to usual Easter candy. One
Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny
, a popular Easter treat, contains 890
calories, and 48.6 grams of fat! With the growing rate of childhood obesity, good nutrition must
be considered and incorporated into all childhood experiences. Think of these
alternatives when packing an Easter basket this year:

-Stuff the basket with colorful fruits like clementines. They are sweet
and small enough for small hands to peel!

- Bag dried fruit—very sweet, dried fruit is a wonderful
alternative to processed and refined sugars.

- Include items other than candy—coloring books or markers take up
space, and last longer than a sugar rush!

-If you want to include the usual candy, opt for snack-sized
packages. This reduces overconsumption.

-Incorporate homemade goodies. If your child wants a treat, bake a
cake together the night before! It is important for children to realize the
amount of work (and fun!) it takes to prepare baked goods.

incorporating one new idea into this year’s basket. Remember—a healthy kid is a
happy kid!

Photo Credit: 

David Castillo Dominici