Easter candy is a BIG deal. But lately, we think its gotten slightly out of hand. Just how many chocolate bunnies, Reeses eggs, and jelly beans does one child need?
Thats 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 theyre 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, whats on the inside is extremely healthy as candies go, anyway.
Making marshmallow Peeps may sound like a daunting task, but its surprisingly easy and much healthier than those bought at the store. (See this recipe for further instructions.)
Chewy, bright, and usually made with real fruit juice, fruit snacks are a perfect substitute for gummy worms and Swedish fish.
Annies Cheddar Bunnies
Because no one can resist salty snack crackers especially when theyre shaped like bunnies. And, with a mere 140 calories per serving of 51 crackers, they make a really smart addition to any basket.
(Like you didnt 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
Were not going to try and argue that hard boiled eggs can compete with candy. They cant. But what they can do is provide a healthy snack that looks pretty cute nestled in a bed of fake grass.
Whether theyre dipped in chocolate, coated in yogurt, or simply salted, pretzels are Easter basket inclusions that you wont 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.