However, the rest of the traditional Easter items NEED TO GO. Forget the waxy tasting chocolate crosses and bunnies! Forget the foil wrapped eggs. Dear me, puh-lease leave out the marshmallow peeps. The malt balls and speckled eggs, meh...
Let's raise a generation of kids who covet their SMALL amount of high quality chocolate* (here is where I back-track and snub Reese's...do as I say, not as I do) and get giddy over the healthy treats found in their Easter baskets!
*I recommend heading to your local Aldi for the best selection of chocolates. It's one of life's great perks that the local "budget" grocery store is originally from Germany and therefore full of reasonably priced German chocolates!
Lazy Green Mama's 10 Healthy Easter Basket Fillers Recommendations:
4. THRIVE peaches. I used to crave gummy peach rings and then feel REALLY guilty
because I have low impulse control and would eat the whole bag. However, eating these PURE freeze dried peaches with 98%+ of the nutrient content as fresh = no guilt or stomachaches!
5. THRIVE organic granny smith apples. Slightly tart with a major crunch.
6. THRIVE sliced strawberries. You will never crave gummy snacks again.
7. THRIVE whole strawberries. If you're inspired to make your basket a tad fancy, dip these in chocolate. The Easter bunny will earn his/her first raise!
8. THRIVE bananas. My kids favorite. They would eat an entire can of these if I left them out. I'd love to see their faces light up to have their OWN entire can to gobble.
9. THRIVE organic raspberries. The taste of a summer ripened raspberries, without turning to mush or mold in 2 days. In my house, we taste one, pucker with joy and promptly pop another one in.
10. BOOKS! While I don't want my kids to think Easter is a time for oodles of presents, it is the perfect time to balance out the food goodies with an age-appropriate book or two. I love the idea using books to teach the miracle of Christ's resurrection or science books about eggs (my kids are getting the gorgeous book, "Whose Egg?" by Lynette Evans) . For more ideas, head over to my family blog, KoskersIdlewild, to see my top choices for toddler/pre-school books.
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