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Easter Baskets That Won’t Spoil Their Appetites — or Nutrition!

Easter Baskets That Won’t Spoil Their Appetites — or Nutrition!

We love the colors and traditions of Easter, including the Easter Basket!

Many of us can remember receiving a chocolate bunny (did you bite off the ears first?), marshmallow peeps, and other pastel-colored candy treats in Easter baskets stuffed with colored straw.

As we were growing up, we loved to color boiled eggs, hunt for them in the yard, and (YIKES!) eat the eggs later at dinner.

One of my favorite memories is the chocolate I got from one of my grandmothers, who gave us religious chocolates in the shape of crosses and praying hands. It thought it was so unique and special since she was the only one who ever shared these figures.

Unfortunately, Easter giving has gotten out of hand for many families, with many candies and other sweets getting loaded into the baskets.

We don’t just get traditional candy treats but every kind of candy ever made, with a pastel wrapper and lots of it! Our kids might get not just one Easter basket as we did growing up, but one from every person and organization in their lives.

Try Non-Candy Easter Treats

While we don’t need to cut out every piece of candy or chocolate rabbit ear, there are many options for other types of things that can make their Easter basket special.

Non-candy Easter Treats:

  • Easter trail mix made using the recipe below!
  • Apron for kids to help in the kitchen and their own kitchen gadget
  • Book – crossword, story or joke
  • Arts and craft supplies like fragrant markers or no paint watercolor kits
  • Diary for older kids
  • Small flashlight
  • Colorful and cute hair accessories
  • Jump rope
  • Balls, small and bouncy ones
  • Piggy bank for the coins in the plastic eggs from the egg hunt
  • Colorful playdough
  • Jazzy shaped sunglasses
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bath toys
  • Yo-yo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, travel size for a fun twist
  • Book of prayers
  • Jewelry with faith theme

These are a few ideas, but you can find some additional ideas at the party store, party section of the retail store, and even the dollar store.

Add some of these to your kids’ Easter baskets and also try putting some of the smaller ideas (including coins) in the plastic eggs you use for the big Easter Egg hunt!

My Easter Trail Mix Recipe

Easter Trail Mix
Serves 24
Family snack that is a sweet treat combining nutrition and holiday fun!
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  1. Wheat Chex cereal, 2 cups
  2. Pretzels, 1 cup
  3. Peanuts, unsalted, 1 cup
  4. Chocolate Teddy Graham bears, 1 cup
  5. Raisins, 3/4 cup
  6. Pastel colored for Easter chocolate candy pieces
  7. Pecans, 1/2 cup
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Place in individual snack bags in 1/2 cup portions.
  1. This is a great kid-friendly recipe that everyone will love tossing together.
  2. You can customize it to whatever food items your family likes (and make nut free too!).
  3. Here are a few suggestions for add-ins: Other cereal such as Cheerios, Oatmeal Squares or Rice Chex; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; dried fruits such as banana/figs/dates/craisins/golden raisins/apricot/berries; cashews, almonds, walnuts; yogurt covered raisins; mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips; or, Goldfish crackers
Nutritional facts per 1/2 cup serving
  1. 106 cals, 2 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 6 g total fat, 1 g dietary fiber, 56 mg sodium
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When you package this Easter Trail Mix into small snack bags, have a bit more fun by putting a little bunny image or cutout on the bag to add even more whimsy and color to the day! Here is one that I think is cute from Frugal Coupon Living.

These are just a few fun items that you can find in themes or colors to match the spirit of the holiday that can make the day special without ruining their appetite for the delicious family meal to come.

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