Easter. Visions of chocolate bunnies and colourful candy eggs have undoubtedly just filled your mind. The spring holiday comes in at number two when it comes to candy consumption, just behind Halloween. While dark or raw chocolate is a wonderful source of free-radical-fighting antioxidants and a cheat treat amidst an otherwise healthy diet is A-OK, the problem lies when sweets are consumed in large quantities. Let’s be honest, do you and your kids stop at one jelly bean? I think not!
Excess sugar can wreak havoc on blood sugar, mood, energy and weight. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to challenge you to ban the Easter bunny from your home this year! Instead, fill your holiday weekend with a bevy of non-edible Easter options. Don’t skip the Easter egg hunt (it can translate to a ton of fun physical activity, after all!), but why not opt for plastic eggs or baskets filled with low-cost toys and gadgets for your loved ones? Puzzles, jump ropes, slinkees, balloons, crayons, hair clips, craft supplies and toy cars are just a few examples of items your little loved ones will squeal over – not to mention keep them busy while you’re trying to get a nutritious and delicious Easter dinner on the table for the family.
Plus, a decrease in the amount of stray candy and half-eaten chocolate bunnies around the house means less temptation and not-so-harmless binging on the part of the parents.
And, if you feel that your child’s basket is looking a bit sparce minus a snack or two, you can always pop in carrots (yes, they go with the bunny theme!), apples, salt-free nuts and seeds, and unsweetened dried fruit.
Share your favourite non-edible Easter treats or fill me in on how you plan to clean up your weekend celebration. Leave a comment below!
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