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Hop into Spring with These 4 Healthier Easter Basket Treats for Kids


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Are you tired of filling your child's Easter basket with plastic toys that will only be played with for a few minutes, and sugary treats that don't really promote a healthy body and can lead to behavioral meltdowns?


This year, hop into Spring with healthier Easter basket treats for kids that are both fun and are also treats that you can feel extra good about giving.



Why Choose Healthier Easter Basket Treats for Kids?


While it's easy to give in to the temptation of filling an Easter basket with candy and cheap toys, it's important to consider the impact of our choices on our kid's health. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 40 years, and a diet high in sugar is a major contributor.


Choosing a healthy Easter basket is a small but significant step in promoting your child's overall health and well-being. Plus, a healthy Easter basket can still be just as fun and exciting as a traditional one.



Non-Food Easter Basket Ideas


If you're looking to avoid sweets and other food treats altogether, there are plenty of non-food Easter basket ideas to choose from. Consider filling your child's basket with items like art supplies, puzzles, books, or outdoor toys.


You could also opt for practical gifts like new socks or a water bottle. For older kids, consider an Easter-themed gift card to their favorite store or restaurant instead of candy.


Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas


If you still want to include treats in your child's Easter basket but want to avoid candy, there are plenty of candy-free Easter basket ideas to choose from. You could include fruit snacks, granola bars, or trail mix. Alternatively, you could include small toys like bouncy balls or stickers.


For a more hands-on activity, consider including a DIY kit like a slime or soap-making kit.


Natural Easter Baskets


For a more eco-friendly approach, consider creating a natural Easter basket. Use a basket made from natural materials like bamboo or wicker, and fill it with items like seed packets, gardening gloves, or a reusable water bottle. You could also include natural snacks like dried fruit or roasted nuts.


A girl holding a basket of dyed Easter eggs

Healthy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers


Toddlers can be especially tricky when it comes to Easter baskets, as they may not yet understand the concept of candy or toys. Consider filling their basket with items that promote their development, like board books, sensory toys, or bath toys. You could also include healthy snacks like fruit pouches or whole-grain crackers.


Easter Candy Alternatives


If you do want to include candy in your child's Easter basket, there are healthier alternatives to traditional sweets. Look for candy made with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, or opt for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. You could also include small portions of candy instead of full-sized bags.


4 Healthier Easter Basket Treats to Include

  1. Fruit Pouches - These convenient snacks are perfect for on-the-go and come in a variety of flavors.

  2. Dark Chocolate - You can opt for a high-quality, organic dark chocolate for a healthier candy option.



Other Easter Basket Ideas for Healthy Kids


If you're looking for even more healthy Easter basket ideas, consider including items like:


This year, make your child's Easter basket extra fun and healthy. Put a spin on the traditional basket with these healthier Easter basket treats and gift ideas for kids. By making small changes in our gift-giving habits, we can help promote our kids' overall health and well-being, while not missing out on the fun. Happy Easter from HealthSmart! Kids.


A happy little girl wearing bunny ears and holding a basket of decorated eggs

All blog content shared through HealthSmart! Kids is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. Always talk with your qualified health care provider for managing your health care needs.


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