Fun, healthy tips for building Easter baskets

Malissa Sarver - Registered Dietitian-KDMC Ohio

It’s that time of the year again. Spring has sprung and you know what that means. Children everywhere are counting down the days until the Easter Bunny arrives. Children look forward to waking up and seeing what the Easter Bunny has brought them. Traditional Easter baskets consist of all things sweet and delicious, but these goodies provide nothing but a sugar high. Instead of the traditional candy filled Easter basket, make it a healthy but fun Easter basket.

Who said ‘healthy’ had to boring? Chocolate is a staple in an Easter basket, right? Instead, choose dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is nutritious and is antioxidant-rich. It contains various minerals like magnesium and iron that are needed for many bodily functions. To rev up the excitement, dip fruit like strawberries, grapes, or banana slices in dark chocolate. Drizzling dark chocolate over fruit can be just as good too.

A few other snacks that are nutritious and fun are Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Bunny Fruit Snacks, and Cheddar Bunnies. Annie’s products are organic and free from preservatives and artificial dyes. These snacks are perfect for Easter Basket because they are Bunnies and kids love them.

Adding in a few personal touches can fun too. All kids love coloring books, stickers, watercolor paints, stuffed animals, etc. Adding toys like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and jump ropes will get them outside which is even better. Girls love lip gloss, fingernail polish, and lotions. Boys love cars, race tracks, and Legos. Personalizing the Easter basket to their personality and what they like makes it more exciting.

Easter baskets do not have to be the traditional Easter baskets filled with all things that make children bounce off walls. Instead, try building a non-traditional Easter basket that is filled with fun activities to do outside and nutritious snacks that are healthy.

Malissa Sarver

Registered Dietitian-KDMC Ohio