Whether or not you celebrate Easter for religious reasons, if you have kids, you are probably preparing for a visit from the Easter bunny. Many parents feel pressured into getting sugary treats for kids this time of year, but there are plenty of ways to minimize this issue....
4 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Easter
by Laura Reagan
Whether or not you celebrate Easter for religious reasons, if you have kids, you are probably preparing for a visit from the Easter bunny.
Many parents feel pressured into getting sugary treats for kids this time of year, but there are plenty of ways to minimize this issue. Below are some tips to ensure that you and your entire family enjoy a happy, healthy holiday:
Fill Easter baskets with small toys and healthier treats.
While a few chocolate eggs aren’t going to cause real harm, you should balance out the ratio of healthy treats to junk food. If your child loves dried fruit, add a few boxes of raisins alongside their chocolate bunny. If you include small toys as well, your child won’t be disappointed in the lack of sugary snacks.
If you do buy candy, use it as a tool to teach your kids moderation.
There is no need to let kids eat an entire basket of candy on Easter morning. Show your children how to plan ahead and make these treats last. Put candy away in a special place where they can have it as a reward or dessert after a healthy dinner.
Colored eggs—all fun and plenty of protein.
Dying Easter eggs is not only a fun Easter tradition—it also encourages healthy eating! Hard-boiled eggs are an incredible source of protein. Many eggs also have a good amount of Omega 3s, healthy fats for brain development. Encourage your kids to peel and eat the colored eggs for an Easter snack. Then you can add them to your child’s lunchbox throughout the week.
Make your Easter egg hunt an active adventure.
Hunting for eggs may not seem like good exercise, but it depends on how you play the game. Set a timer and encourage your child to run around the yard and collect as many eggs as fast as possible. If you have multiple kids, have a sack race or try fast walking while balancing the eggs on spoons. Not only will these games keep your children active, they will also help them release some of that extra energy before Easter dinner!