Easter

Healthier Treats For Your Easter Basket

The Easter Bunny doesn’t always have to fill your basket with sweet, fatty treats! No, the bunny has a fondness for well being too. You don’t have to forgo the holiday fun if you’re trying to clean up your diet or slim down for spring.

Here are 10 healthier treats for your Easter basket…

1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Surpass the chocolate eggs, cream-filled eggs, and marshmallow eggs and try something a little more authentic on Easter morning—a hardboiled egg! High in protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, hardboiled eggs with pastel-dyed shells make a nice centerpiece or Easter basket goodie.

2. Dark Chocolate

The majority of milk-chocolate treats you’ll find at the bodega or grocer are jam-packed with refined sugar and trans fats. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate for Easter altogether. Just swap the milk and white varieties for a small amount of dark chocolate (with a minimum of 70-percent cacao). This will satisfy your sweet tooth while decreasing your risk of coronary artery disease and high blood pressure all in one quick bunny hop!

3. Chocolate Covered Fruits

Strawberries, bananas, and apple slices are delightful, but when they’re dipped in melted dark chocolate, they’re a healthy Easter dream come true! Mount yours on skewers or place in mini muffin cups so that way the chocolate doesn’t smear all over your bunny basket.

4. Gift Cards

If candy isn’t to you fancy, the Easter bunny aims to please. Try tucking a few gift cards into baskets—for personal favorites like coffee cards, Mp3 downloads, e-books, restaurants, or movies.

5. Mini Carrots

What’s up Doc? Bugs Bunny sure appreciated a fresh carrot in every episode so you’re little bunnies might enjoy the humor and nutrition of mini carrot sticks tucked into cellophane bags and tied with orange and green ribbon!

6. Bunny Crackers

Swap your child’s favorite goldfish crackers for the same, just shaped like bunnies! You can get all-natural varieties with no evils—like refined sugars and hydrogenated oils—in flavors like cheddar, graham, vanilla, and chocolate.

7. Trail Mix

I knew those plastic, pastel and bunny-shaped Easter eggs were good for something, ever since I started packing a few with all-natural, pre-portion trail mix—made from a combination of cocoa nibs, dehydrated fruits, yogurt covered cranberries, and raw nuts.

8. Peanut Butter Cups

I’m not referring to the store bought eggs and cups filled with trans-fatty “peanut” butters and milk chocolate. I’m talking about making your own—with dark chocolate and the all-natural, fiber-rich, healthy fat taste of almond or macadamia nut butters.

9. Raw Truffles

Rather than gifting a box of store-bought truffles, forage out the real deal! Raw truffles are a delicious concoction of raw nuts and seeds blended smooth with dates, sea salt, and cocoa powder for that sweet, velvety chocolate taste!

10. Bunny-Themed Books

Hop to it little bunnies! Offer up some light, holiday-themed reading when you gift the Adventures of Peter Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, or The Fox and the Hound.

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