Hunt down tasty alternatives to unhealthy Easter treats

Hunt down tasty alternatives to unhealthy Easter treats With parents in control of Easter baskets, your Sunday Easter egg hunt doesn’t have to result in a pile of sugar for the kids.

“Portion control is a key component to the Easter candy dilemma,” said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. “Consider the following; instead of a large Easter basket full of candy, use the miniature versions of Easter favorite such as jelly beans.  Then, put two or three miniature jelly beans in the plastic eggs. “

Anding offers the following tips to help Easter be a healthier holiday:

  • Hide eggs throughout your yard or home. Racing to find the eggs helps encourage physical activity.
  • Create Easter games that include physical activity. “Try jelly bean races, where the children have to run as fast as they can with jelly beans on a spoon,” Anding said. “The team that gets the most jelly beans in the jar wins.”
  • Purchase a smaller chocolate Easter bunny.
  • Put non-candy items in the Easter basket. “I used to give favorite movies, stickers and small toys,” Anding said. “The basket is full, but the candy treats are limited.”
  • Since candy is a prominent feature of the Easter basket, use fresh fruit as the Easter dinner dessert.  It reduces the overall sugar for the day.

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-By Andy Phifer

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  • April 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I no Easter as passed but i think you have great ideas with the jelly beans in the eggs and adding some exercise to find the eggs. I will take these ideas in for next year great blog.


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