Special thanks to Janet Lynch for this guest blog. Janet works with people to help them meet their weight-loss goals. Through a well chosen delivery diet many of the people she helps are able to easily achieve their goals.
With today’s focus on better eating habits – and especially in light of the fact that the U.S. is estimated to have nearly 20 percent of its children in the overweight category – the upcoming Easter holiday could call for more healthy choices in kids’ baskets.
Yes, gone are the days of lining up the jelly bean trail and filling up the kids’ Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies and extra large Cadbury eggs – or at least those days should be gone in order to promote a healthier holiday as well as better overall food choices.
The truth is that the long term effects of eating sugary foods are not very sweet. Over time, an abundance of sugar in the body’s system can lead to reduced bacteria-fighting white blood cells and an overall compromised immune system. In addition, the blood glucose effect can even be a trigger for the onset of diabetes.
Some Healthier Alternatives
Although it may seem a bit out of the ordinary to forgo candy at Easter, there are a number of healthier alternatives – some that aren’t even consumable at all – that should be considered for kids today.
Filling Baskets with Treats You Can’t Eat
In taking the focus completely away from eating, there are a wide variety of items that can be used to overflow the Easter baskets of your little ones. In fact, many of these items may even be much more preferable and longer lasting than candy. Here are some suggestions:
● Small Toys – Depending upon the age of your children, small toys such as super balls, a set of jacks, or even a deck of cards can do the trick. For those with fancier tastes, gifts such as iPods or video games will also suffice.
● Movie Passes – Putting some movie passes or other types of gift certificates in kids’ baskets are another great way to say Happy Easter, without a lot of sugary candies.
● Money – For any age child, you would be hard pressed to find one who would not be happy to find money in their Easter basket. This can be cleverly disguised inside of a plastic egg or other similar item.
Good Tasting Treats that Won’t Cause a Sugar High
For those who simply want to keep Easter somewhat traditional in that baskets should be filled with something eatable, there are several suggestions that will help keep the tradition alive, while at the same time not spiking kids’ sugar levels. Some of these can include:
● Nuts and Seeds – Treats such as sunflower seeds, cashews, and pistachios can make for wonderful Easter basket treats, while also offering protein rather than a mouth full of sugar.
● Fresh Fruits – Fresh fruits such as blueberries, grapes, and strawberries can not only make for a healthy basket but can also add a great deal of color.
● Hard Boiled Eggs – Certainly, no Easter basket would be complete without some colorful hard boiled eggs. And, by adding just a touch of salt, these can be a much healthier alternative to the chocolate egg version.
Janet Lynch works with people to help them meet their weight-loss goals. Through a well chosen delivery diet many of the people she helps are able to easily achieve their goals.