Children often wake up Easter morning to be treated to overflowing baskets of sugary treats. But most of those basket options lack nutritional value and will load your little ones up with sugar, saturated fat and little else.
Do you really want to get your kids that high on candy on such a beautiful spring day?
Many favorite candy options are deceiving when they come in small packages during the holidays. Below are some examples of what a single serving can throw at you:
An 8 piece serving has 160 calories and 22 grams of sugar, as well as 3 grams of saturated fat.
Fourteen pieces of Brach’s Jelly Beans contain 150 calories and 27 grams of sugar.
The Easter Bunny
Just one-quarter of a Dove Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny has 230 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat and 24 grams of sugar. Unlike some of the other candies, it does have minimal OK qualities, with 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein per serving.
And dark chocolate isn’t always better. Half of a dark chocolate Russell Stover bunny has 230 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat and 21 grams of sugar. It also contains 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
These iconic colored treats contain only 28 calories per bunny with 6.5 grams of sugar.
Cadbury Creme Egg
Do you recall the hungry lion from the commercials who would cluck like a chicken while wearing rabbit ears? Maybe he was still hungry because one egg has 150 calories, 4 grams saturated fat, 20 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
If the outcome is not worth the sweet treat, there are alternatives.
Trying switching out a few extra sweet treats with some not-so-bad alternatives.
Annie’s Homegrown offers a variety of organic options in cute bunny shapes. Try some of the cheese crackers or fruit snacks to replace a super sweet treat.
Peanuts, small fruit, such as clementines, and squeezable yogurt also can be an alternative for your little bunny hunters.
Popcorn balls and hardboiled eggs (try eating the ones you paint!) are also a healthy, filling alternative to just candy.
Or try stocking your kids’ Easter baskets with activity-promoting toys, such as a jump rope, sidewalk chalk, mini gardening tools or Play-Doh.
What healthy alternatives do you try to offer your children at Easter?