Yesterday was the kind of day where I barely had a chance to sit down and the next thing I knew it was 10:00 pm. Do you ever have those kind of days? Emails get unanswered, phone calls don’t get made, blog posts don’t get written…
One thing I accomplished from my to-do list yesterday was getting some things for Meghan’s Easter basket. If you read my post about Halloween candy, you know that I want to put off giving Meghan candy for as long as possible. Halloween worked out great because she had no idea what she was missing.
I feel much better about Easter because I have control. We aren’t at the mercy of other people’s parenting choices because we don’t go door-to-door collecting candy like on Halloween. The Easter bunny brings the candy right to our house–and I get to decide what kind of candy the Easter bunny is going to bring. Meghan’s still never tasted candy, but we’re going to let her have a few pieces in her Easter basket this year.
I was extremely selective when choosing what candy I was going to allow her to have. I knew it was going to have sugar and this would be one of those once-in-a-while occasions where she can have some sugar. I don’t think total deprivation is a smart path to take when it comes to our children’s diets, so having treats with sugar on occasion is what we’ll allow. I draw the line, however, at some of the other ingredients in standard Easter candy out there.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll find in a Palmer chocolate Easter bunny:
“Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel Oil and/or Palm Oil), Whey, Cocoa, Lactose, Skim Milk, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin, Artificial Colors (Blue #1, Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6 & Red #3). May contain Peanuts/Nuts.”
If you go down the regular Easter candy aisle at your grocery store, you’ll be hard-pressed to find Easter candy without extra funky ingredients that are harmful for your children. These are the ingredients I am avoiding in my selection of Meghan’s candy:
-any and all artificial food dyes
-partially hydrogenated oils
-high-fructose corn syrup
Rather than run around town looking for the perfect healthy and natural (okay, healthy-ish) Easter candy, I ordered on-line. These are the two sites where I got all of the candy for our Easter baskets (yes, Tim and I get Easter baskets, too):
Indie Candy: “All Natural and Allergen Friendly”–this is also a great source if you need to avoid certain ingredients for allergy purposes.
Natural Candy Store: “All the Fun without the Funny Stuff”–this site has a great selection of natural and organic candies with familiar ingredients. They also have natural baking decorations if you’d like some natural colorful sugar or food colorings to decorate your Easter cookies or cake with.
While I am going to put some candy in Meghan’s Easter basket this year, it will still be mostly filled with other things. Candy won’t be the star. You can build a healthier Easter basket for your family by putting things in it that are non-candy food items or non-food items all together. Here are some ideas to help you:
Healthier Food Options:
-Raisins and other dried fruit
-Homemade cookies or muffins
Non-Food Items for Younger or Older Kids:
-Seeds with gardening gloves and other tools
-Small toys like cars, Little People, etc.
Question: Do you have any great tips to add on how to build a healthier Easter basket?