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How to Fill an Easter Basket with Healthier Alternatives

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

We know it can be tough to pass up candy eggs and chocolate bunnies in Easter baskets. In the interest of your kids’ well being-both dental and overall-here are a few cute, edible ideas to make a healthy basket that’s just as adorable.

For Easter egg fillers:

  • Fruit snacks: Look for organic fruit snacks that don’t have any added sugars.
  • Homemade trail mix: Mix together dried fruits (try raisins, pineapples and dates) with some salt-free nuts (like peanuts, cashews and almonds).
  • Healthy cereals: Try low-sugar versions such as Cheerios, Puffins, or Kix.
  • Cheese crackers: Find a healthy version, such as Annie’s organic cheddar bunny crackers.

For Easter baskets:

  • Hard-boiled eggs: These might not be as exciting as chocolate cream-filled eggs, but they’re significantly healthier. A few colored and decorated, hard-boiled Easter eggs will look great in your baskets.
  • Real carrots: Grab some carrots that have their green stems still attached and tie them together with a festive ribbon. You can even add individual servings of hummus or ranch dressing in the basket for munching them.
  • Fake carrot: Make a fake “goldfish carrot” with the cheese crackers mentioned above. Simply fill 3/4 of a clear, disposable cake decorating bag with the crackers, and tie the top of the bag with a big green ribbon to make it look like a fish.

With a few healthy touches, you can ensure your family will have healthy teeth for munching for many Easters to come!