Why are holidays notorious for high-sugar, high-fat indulgences? We made it past Valentine’s Day and its heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates, but along comes Easter… and your house is about to be over-run with chocolate bunnies and eggs. Many of my clients dread the holidays because they know they’ll be overwhelmed by treats and temptation. We can’t stop the holidays from rolling around (and we’re suppose to enjoy them, remember?), so I suggest coming up with some creative ways to manage the feasts that come along with them.
Of course, it’s okay to indulge a little – in fact, I recommend it. But for many adults, over-doing it usually leads to feelings of guilt. I also know that most moms don’t want their kids running around on a week-long sugar high! So let’s down-play the focus on food and try some other ideas for non-food (but just as fun) Easter basket treats. Combine these themed Easter gifts with some eggs filled with the other treats below, a little bit of candy and some other healthy and fun goodies. Kid-friendly Easter basket snacks include trail mix, goldfish crackers, fruit (especially clementines), and carrots – that’s what the Easter Bunny eats!
A Few Fun Easter Basket Ideas:
Coloring Set – a pad of paper, coloring book, crayons and/or markers
Paint set – pad of paper, paint-by-numbers book, watercolor paint, brushes
Art set for older kids – small canvases, acrlyic or oil paints, a paint palette, paint brushes
Barbie doll set – a new Barbie with a few different outfits or accessories
Game set – puzzles, playing cards, Rubik’s cube
Outdoor fun basket – jump rope, sidewalk chalk, ball
For your book-worm – a couple new books, magazine or a magazine subscription, a reading light, a book bag
For the girlie-girl – nail polish, chapstick or lip gloss, hair accessories, sunglasses, flip flops
For the little guy – building blocks or legos and accessories OR a toy track with buildings, trees and cars
Set for summer – beach towel, swim suit, goggles or sunglasses, sunscreen
Movie night – DVD, light popcorn, chocolate covered raisins
For your chef – apron, cookbook, ingredients for a favorite dish
Sports fanatic – combine several smaller items needed for your child’s favorite sport
The possibilities are endless! Think about your kids’ favorite hobbies and things to do. Also consider planning a themed basket that will get your child ready for a fun family outing such as a camping trip, trip to the zoo, botanical garden, or vacation.
For the Easter egg hunt, scatter a few “prize” eggs that contain chocolate coins or a dollar bill. Try to fill most with some of the following smaller treats. Of course it’s okay to throw in a few chocolate eggs for good measure :). Consider using yellow and green eggs for unisex prizes and pink eggs for girl specific prizes and blue eggs for boy-specific prizes.
A Few Fun Egg Hunt Prize Ideas:
Mini hair bows or clips
Yogurt-covered pretzels or raisins
Peeps marshmallows or mini colored marshmallows
Plastic beaded necklaces
How does the Easter Bunny get creative at your house?
Elizabeth Patton MS, RD, LD, CDE is the chief blogger behind Good Food Tastes Good, a blog where Liz shares her passion for healthy eating and expertise on the matter regularly. Follow Good Food Tastes Good on Facebook.