As spring blooms, so does the season of the Easter basket! Although we often fill Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, Peeps, and other sugary snacks, there is a way to make your basket healthier, yet still enjoyable.
Here are four healthier food alternatives that you can pack into this weekend’s Easter baskets:
Nut Butter and Fruit
Chocolates and candy aren’t the only sweet treats your kids can enjoy. Nut butter spreads like peanut butter and almond butter not only give you that rich, creamy taste; they also have lower sugar content and are packed with fiber and protein. (Just be careful around recalled nut butter brands!) Your kids will love their delicious spread on sliced apples, bananas or any other vitamin-packed and fiber-loaded fruit. You can find more nut butter snack ideas on Amazon.
Did you know that popcorn is a much healthier option than most cookies and chips? Plain white popcorn is loaded with fiber and antioxidants (polyphenols), which help normalize digestion and improve blood flow. The key to keeping popcorn healthful is to minimize the addition of unhealthy extras such as caramel, butter and large doses of salt. You can also craft and decorate your own spring-themed popcorn container—there are dozens of ideas on Pinterest!
Show your kids a little Easter love by getting more creative with lunch! Make healthy sandwiches shaped like Easter Bunnies using cookie cutters and fill them with egg salad. Don’t forget to decorate your masterpiece with corn, peas, lettuce, carrots, and other tasty, vitamin-rich veggies! You can get adorable Easter-themed cookie cutters on Amazon and other online shops.
Frozen Yogurt Easter Eggs
Mmm! Here’s a healthier alternative to ice pops that are just as delectable and refreshing. Take some low-fat vanilla yogurt and your favorite fruit (fresh or frozen) and blend them together. Pour the mixture into an Easter egg-shaped silicone pan, then freeze! Serve these pops to your kids as dessert or as an afternoon snack.
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