Grass Roots Nutrition: Easter Candy

Grass Roots Nutrition: Easter Candy

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Dear Holly, Is it best to avoid all candy? -Easter Bunny


Dear Easter Bunny: 
Easter is just around the corner and for those of you celebrating with kids, you may be looking for some ideas for their baskets that won’t have them bouncing off the walls. I am not one to recommend banning all sweets, as complete withdrawal tends to increase interest, but there is room for less sugar, overall. We can even look for non-food treats that your kids will love. It does not have to revolve around junky foods to be a party or special occasion!


Bring on the fruit: Fruit is naturally sweet, so while it is a source of sugar, that sugar is packaged with other good nutrients and fiber.


Fruit leathers: These taste better than their gummy cousins and have only fruit for their ingredients. You can buy them or make your own.


Chocolate covered fruit: Look for a short ingredient list and dark chocolate; milk chocolate has more added sugar.


Sugarless gum or a cool toothbrush: Helps promote dental health. Make sure the kids are old enough to not swallow the gum.


Ready, set, action: Wouldn’t it be great if the kids were entertaining themselves so that the parents can catch up and enjoy their cup of coffee? You can make that happen.


Chinese jump rope: This is a great activity for kids to try that can fit in mom’s purse or dad’s pocket.


Garden supplies: It is evidence-based that kids who help grow vegetables eat them! Get your garden started with some seeds, a how-to book for gardening in containers your kids or even pint-sized garden tools.


Play Dough: Fun for everyone and you can look for colors to match the occasion Bubbles: best if you have nice weather and access to the outdoors. Probably not ideal for inside church or grandma’s house.


Get crafty: Everyone is happier when they have something fun to do. Be prepared with a few simple activities and the day will go smoothly for everyone.


Temporary Tattoos: What kid doesn’t love temporary tattoos? I still do love ’em and we can even find Easter themed versions. Stickers are another fun option.


Crayons or markers: Just make sure they stick to paper and don’t write on the walls! A new coloring book would pair nicely with the new crayons!


You don’t have to center the holiday around sugar. A small sweet treat is nice, but round out the celebration with family time and non-food fun. Happy holidays!


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