Say "bye" to overindulging on Easter candy. Here are 5 healthy and fun Easter ideas!

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Sue Heikkinen
Sue Heikkinen, MS, RDN, CDCES, BC-ADM, ACE-PT - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Educator

We have you (and the Easter Bunny) covered with ideas for healthy Easter treats and egg fillers.

Healthy Easter

Enjoy a healthy Easter with these 5 tips:

1. Go for quality over quantity

Do you feel the basket isn't complete without a chocolate bunny and jelly beans? When choosing chocolate, darker means more antioxidants and less sugar. In general, look for chocolates with 60 percent cocoa or more.

Select a small number of quality treats rather than a cartful of candies. Choose individually wrapped treats to help with portion control.

2. Fill eggs with non-candy items

If an Easter egg hunt is part of your tradition, fill the plastic eggs with various fun, non-candy items. For example, fill eggs with Silly Putty, stickers, bouncy balls, temporary tattoos, chewing gum, hair ties, or coupons for a special activity.

3. Create a themed basket

Choose a basket theme to inspire the fillings, steering the focus away from candy. Here are some theme ideas to get you started:

4. Delight in a healthy Easter brunch

A satisfying brunch will reduce the desire to fill up on candy. Try one of these Premium recipes featuring the flavors of spring: Fresh Fritatta, Carrot Orange Smoothie, Asparagus Leek Soup, or this beautiful Layered Berry Dessert. It's ok to leave room for a small portion of your favorite Easter treat after the meal!

5. Keep leftover candy out of sight

It is wise to hide that Easter candy again-from yourself! Don't leave a colorful, candy-filled basket out in the busy kitchen. Instead, put the candy out of sight to avoid the temptation. If you do grab a treat, remember to log it, whether a few jelly beans, some Peeps, or a Cadbury Egg.

Getting creative and making Easter less about the candy helps you and your "peeps" enjoy a healthy Easter.

Original contributions from Ryan Newhouse.

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Mar 28, 2022

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