We might have dispelled the myth that Sugar causes hyperactivity in children and we’re not buying into the ‘toxic sugar’ hype, but it is still of course a good plan to keep our sugar, and obviously chocolate, intake in check (especially if you're falling short of your recommended intake from the 5 food groups).
Although chocolate eggs are traditional and we all love an Easter egg hunt, moderation is the key to a healthy, happy Easter that doesn’t end in chocolate OD. So here are just a few ideas for alternative Easter goodies that the kids will love:
Healthy Easter ideas:
In our house the Easter Bunny breaks up his (or her) Easter eggs with a few other little goodies. Over the years in their Easter baskets the kids have found:
- Plastic eggs, filled with … well anything, you might get away with dried fruit for littlies, stickers, a gold coin, those cute fluffy little chicken toys or other trinkets. Even popping a few smarties in there will mean they still get to have chocolate but its portion controlled (using these plastic eggs, is also a good tip if you’re planning an egg hunt outside but are worried about the family pooch helping themselves – chocolate is a big No No for dogs).
- There are also some really cute cardboard Easter egg hunt kits around. We used one similar to the this (pic right) at our playgroup this year. It came with baskets, eggs, signs and craft.
- A disposable electric tooth brush. This is a standard Easter bunny gift in our house. It's a little piece of mind for me and a subtle reminder to the kids that too much sugar isn't good for their teeth. I might sound like a fun sponge but the kids do get a kick out of these novelty toothbrushes with their favourite characters on them.
- Easter balloons. Seriously who doesn't love a big bouncy air filled sack, especially if its shaped like a cute bunny or chicken =) If you want to go with this option I am sure a florist will be able to accommodate.
- Winter PJ’s. Coming into the cooler months, it makes sense that this is a classic Easter gift.
- New lunchbox containers. Again coming into the cooler months, I like to send warm lunches to school, so this is a good opportunity to stock up on insulated containers or other cute novelties. Last year the kids go Theroms Funtainers and this year I got Stainless steel containers and Lunch wraps (I am working on reducing our plastic a little).
- Cute Easter craft kit and stories are another great alternative and gives you a nice way to spend time together too.
- Easter is all about new life, so seasonal seeds and seedlings make as much sense as a chocolate egg for Easter (actually probably more).
Being a festive time of year it is always nice to think of others too so try buying alternative Easter gifts at places like Oxfam. They have some great Easter stuff that is all the more meaningful as it helps the less fortunate (actually I shop at Oxfam for a lot of gifts). And always look for fair trade chocolate.
Hope you all have a Happy, Healthy Easter!