Healthy Easter basket ideas for your child

It’s springtime!  If your family celebrates Easter, you may end up with a basket of candy as big as a Halloween pumpkin.  If you want to avoid the sugar rush this year, there is still plenty of time to make a healthy Easter basket swap.  Melanie Savoca, a registered dietitian at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and mother of a two-year-old, helped me put together this list of Healthy Easter Basket alternatives:

Garden theme - What better place to "grow" special family memories than in a garden? Gardening with your kids not only provides the tangible benefits of fresh food, but also teaches kids about new foods, and offers an opportunity to work towards a common goal. A Garden-themed Easter Basket could include things like:  

  • Vegetable, fruit, herb seed packets
  • Flat stones that kids can paint or decorate to label each plant in the garden
  • Kid-sized garden gloves & sun hat
  • Small watering can and kid-sized garden tools

Artist Basket- Do you have a budding Picasso in your house?  Use this opportunity to refresh their art supplies and they will have the items long after a sugar high would last:  

  • Water color paints
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Washable markers
  • Mini easels or inexpensive frames to display their work

Warm Weather Basket - Soon enough the weather will warm up, and your little ones will want to spend the longer days outside.  Get them ready with things like:  

  • Sunglasses
  • A hat in their favorite color
  • Bubbles
  • Jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk

Sports Basket - With baseball spring training underway, give kids something to get excited about for a winning season with:  

  • Baseball cards
  • A tee shirt from their favorite team
  • Wiffle ball bat
  • A new water bottle
  • Hat or visor

Little Chef Basket - Does someone in your family love to help you in the kitchen?  Give them their own tools of the trade:  

  • Mini muffin or pancake mixes
  • Colorful measuring cups or spoons
  • An apron
  • Fresh berries
  • A mixing bowl as the basket

These items certainly don’t need to be expensive; head to your local dollar discount stores to fill those baskets on a budget.  

Still want a sweet treat?  Dip some strawberries in orange-dyed white chocolate (they will look like carrots!) or throw in miniature versions of their favorite candy for dessert.  

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