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Healthy Easter Basket Ideas

Get Egg-cited Over These Items For a Healthier Easter Basket

Easter is almost here, and for some of us, that means a big brunch followed by a helping of candy — who can resist Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow Peeps? While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a few Easter treats, weighing your basket down with chocolate, caramel eggs, and jelly beans can be the gateway to mindlessly snacking on candy for the rest of the week. Whether you're making a basket for a friend or the little one in your life, keep reading for some healthy ideas to sneak in among the candy.

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
These are all nice ideas! When I was a teenager, my mother would put tampons in my Easter basket. Woo.
RVASarah RVASarah 7 years
I kind of like the idea of getting an Edible Arrangements basket of fruit including a chocolate-dipped pineapple bunny. Mmmmmm yummy fruit!
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
Great comment, Allyta. My mother always made lots of hard-boiled eggs for easter, and we loved them! Still, there's nothing wrong with normal sweet treats for Easter, too. As long as you aren't normally stuffing yourself or your kids with sweets, Easter candy isn't going to harm anything.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Eh... I get an easter basket of bad stuff from my parents every year. I hide it in my cupboard and forget about it until I'm craving something sugary or chocolatey. The basket usually lasts me a few months. I'm not too concerned about it!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
My BFF (as the teens say) is diabetic. Although we are over 35, I like to send her a basket each year because her parents are both passed away. Last year, I found chocolate scented, rabbit shaped soaps at the local health food store. You can bet those "chocolate bunnies" landed in the basket immediately! LOL ;) Now I have to find more of them for 2009. :)
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I'm glad to see this article because I'm trying to assemble small "bunny bags" for nephews and nieces of various ages, from two to 28. These suggestions are absolutely terrific! :) Thank you, Fit! :)
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
growing up (Jewish), I always yearned for the basket of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and fake green grass. I now indulge in a Cadbury's Egg or two during the month of March...they're my favorite. Pink jelly beans, too. Mmmm...
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Great ideas, thank you! So far for my daughters I have some organic chocolate bars, gluten-free cookies (the oldest is intolerant to wheat) and organic dried fruit bars, and of course I plan on adding the homemade colored eggs and small toys etc, but the trailmix and chocolate-covered pretzels are a great idea!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
you know how to make your easter healthier? by from eastern culture and not eat chocolate eggs but real ones.
duffy duffy 9 years
Thank you for the info on dark chocolate. That's interesting...although I have to say I wish I would have learned this before I spent months trying to get myself to enjoy the stuff... I am making baskets for my mom and my boo's parents this year full of exotic teas. All the talk about the benefits of green tea on this website made me decide to send them a not-so-subtle hint. And maybe a chocolate bar thrown in as well...
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I plan to ignore all moderation and eat my entire solid chocolate rabbit within the first hour of getting it. It's my favorite candy holiday and I skipped both Halloween and Valentines's Day. BRING ON THE ROBIN EGGS AND CASBERRY CREME EGGS! WOOT!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I miss being a kid again...
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I don't care, i'm going to eat all the chocolate and jelly beans I can until I feel sick :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
My mom STILL gives us Easter Baskets every year (even though I'm 26...she refuses to let us grow up, lol). She always puts in non-candy stuff because she knows I'm pretty health conscious. Usually, she puts in sugarless gum, fun pens, new socks, scented candles, a new book that she thinks I'll like, a DVD, or individual packs of coffee in really yummy flavors. I like the idea of giving kids baskets that aren't just candy...they really don't need all that sugar.
kitkat87 kitkat87 9 years
this is a great idea. i think most people would rather receive a basket with some thoughtful and creative gifts instead of the same old chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I agree superfoxmi! Gotta love Pop for all there cool ideas and reminders for the holidays :)
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Great tips fit :)
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
on the topic of dark chocolate...the best thing ever is to buy a tub of plain unmodified Cocoa powder.. put about 1 tbsp in a large mug, fill it up with hot water and a bit of milk and stevia...oh man! gourmet hot chocolate. all the benefits of cocoa without sugar or many calories!!
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I really wish people would do more research into their Dark Chocolate theory. It has been further discovered that while chocolate, and the rich dark cocoa, provides a load of antioxidants and other healthy aspects...HOWEVER when the chocolate is converted into a bar, it's beneficial aspects have almost been completely removed! And the regular Hershey's Dark Chocolate isn't nearly high enough anyways, it needs to be like the 75% and above cocoa, which by the way is uber yuck:) But to get the wonderful antioxidants and benefits of the dark chocolate, you need to use Unprocessed Dutch Cocoa Powder, like in your milk, coffee, mixed with honey, or use as a topping on well anything!
AMP AMP 9 years
Oh, I also did Easter "baskets" for my friends this year. They received spring-time pajamas aka bright colored short and tank sets.
AMP AMP 9 years
I just got a package in the mail from my parents which is basically a grown-up Easter basket. It mostly had sugar in it, so all that stuff went into the kitchen at work for my co-workers to enjoy. I still appreciate the gesture, but maybe I'll have to direct my mom to this page. Cute suggestions, Fit.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm making a basket for my best friend and I jsut found this awesome Easter Mr Potato head I'm going to get her. She'll love it!! Also, I like to get $5 gift cards to places like starbucks, they're always fun to have.
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