Easter candy is a BIG deal. But lately, we think it’s gotten slightly out of hand. Just how many chocolate bunnies, Reese’s eggs, and jelly beans does one child need?
That’s why we decided to come up with slightly healthier treats that are perfect for Easter baskets. Sure, there are still some gooey marshmallows and chocolate-drenched confections on the list, but they’re pretty tame when compared to the bulk of Easter handouts. Chocolate Covered Fruits and Nuts
On the outside, fruits and nuts that are dipped in chocolate appear similar to traditional Easter treats. But unlike, say, a Cadbury Crème Egg, what’s on the inside is extremely healthy – as candies go, anyway. Homemade Peeps
Making marshmallow Peeps may sound like a daunting task, but it’s surprisingly easy and much healthier than those bought at the store. (See this recipe for further instructions.) Fruit Snacks
Chewy, bright, and usually made with real fruit juice, fruit snacks are a perfect substitute for gummy worms and Swedish fish. Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
Because no one can resist salty snack crackers…especially when they’re shaped like bunnies. And, with a mere 140 calories per serving of 51 crackers, they make a really smart addition to any basket. Popcorn
(Like you didn’t see this coming.) Full of good stuff like fiber, antioxidants, and whole grains, popcorn makes a sneakily healthy Easter snack. Think plain ol’ butter is too boring? You can always dress it up with fun recipes, like this one. Hard Boiled Eggs
We’re not going to try and argue that hard boiled eggs can compete with candy. They can’t. But what they can do is provide a healthy snack that looks pretty cute nestled in a bed of fake grass. Pretzels
Whether they’re dipped in chocolate, coated in yogurt, or simply salted, pretzels are Easter basket inclusions that you won’t hear any complaints about.
About the Author:
Katie Straw is the writer at KingOfPOP.com, maker of delicious handcrafted gourmet popcorn, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.