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Battling the Sweet Tooth at Easter

Easter is right around the corner. I have fond memories of the Easter bunny filling my basket with jellybeans, crazy large chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps and malted milk chocolate eggs. As a kid, I loved it! Now, as a dietitian and health professional, I think we can do Easter better. Did you know that, according to the National Retail Association, 90% of Americans will have candy on our Easter shopping list and spending a total of $2 billion?! Yikes!

A recent Spend Smart. Eat Smart. blog gave some unique ideas for decreasing the candy in the Easter baskets. Choose from a variety of these options when filling your kids’ baskets this year. This is not an all-inclusive list, but will get you started.

  •  Stickers
  • Whistles
  • Pencils
  • Plastic rings
  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Garden Heroes
  • Playing cards
  • Kites
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Crayons with coloring books
  • Butterfly net
  • Bubbles

If you wish to include food in the basket, consider some of these healthier options.

  • Single-serving sizes of trail mix, nuts or dried fruit
  • Orange, tangerine or Minneola
  • 100% fruit juice boxes
  • Aseptically-packed low fat flavored milk
  • Granola bars
  • Single-serving box of whole grain cereal (Cheerios or Kix)

The basket does not need to completely void of candy, though. Select one small portion of your child’s favorite candy, which should help satisfy their sweet tooth without the need to fear about visiting the dentist soon for cavities.

Happy Easter!

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