Healthy Easter Ideas

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This Sunday is Easter!   Unfortunately, for many, the traditions of Easter have turned into lots of candy.  But it is also the perfect time of year to embrace healthy habits.  So I put together some ways to have a healthy Easter.

The healthiest thing to do on Easter is to get active and get outside (weather permitting).  Here are some ideas for activities:

  • Easter egg hunt.  This seems like so much fun!  When Tiny One is old enough, I want to do a scavenger hunt. You could also make the kids race from place to place – have them be far apart to really tire them out.
  • Make Easter art.  This can be religious – images of Jesus, the cross, or an empty tomb – or could just be images of spring and the more commercial side of Easter, such as the Easter bunny.  You can paint, play with clay or (my favorite) use natural objects such as pebbles and twigs.
  • Go on a nature walk/hike.  Find “little miracles” in nature.  You could even pack a meal or snack and have a picnic!
  • Plant flowers or veggies or work in a garden.
  • Dye eggs

 

You can dye eggs with natural ingredients! www.cleashannon.com via Julia on pinterest.

You can dye eggs with natural ingredients! www.cleashannon.com via Julia on pinterest.

Read about Easter.  Since it is a religious holiday, the bible is a good place to start.  There are also many good kids books about Easter.  (Since I love the Barenstain Bears, I have to share that the series includes The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story).  If you are not particularly religious or not Christian and still want to celebrate the season, you could also read a book about spring.

A healthy Easter also involves healthy food.  This does not mean that you can’t have your Easter ham or dessert.  It just means including healthy options and cutting down on the processed foods – including candy.

Some of my favorite Easter foods are:

  • Eggs!  In any form – I am planning on making a frittata.
  • Spring veggies – asparagus, carrots, greens, artichokes, mushrooms.
  • Homemade sweets.  I plan on making carrot cake and may make a homemade version of my favorite Easter candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.  (I found a recipe for them on pinterest.)

Easter baskets don’t have to be filled with candy.  There are many fun, healthy alternatives, including:

  • Books
  • Toys (esp. those made with natural materials)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Art supplies
  • Fruit & healthy snacks
  • Plastic eggs can be filled with little toys, snacks, or can be made into rattles for toddlers
  • Seeds to start a garden
  • Sports gear/new running shoes

Here is Tiny One’s Easter basket this year.  (Shhhh… don’t tell her! 🙂

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Her basket includes board books and some Under the Nile cloth veggies (which come in their own little crate).

Three board books - one about spring, one about veggies (and opposites), and - since baseball's regular season starts on Easter - one on the Red Sox!

Three board books – one about spring, one about veggies (and opposites), and – since baseball’s regular season starts on Easter – one on the Red Sox!

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