Four Ways to Make Easter Healthier
Easter is less than a month away. April 16 is just around the corner. It’s time to start planning now to stick to your family’s healthier choices and preferences. Steering through the Easter holiday can be difficult if you are trying to make healthy choices and also trying to help your kids make healthier choices. Often, grandparents or well-meaning friends and family members can sabotage a healthy diet faster than a chocolate bunny served with a cream filled egg!
Here’s Four Ways to make your Easter weekend healthier:
Healthy Easter Eggs – Most Easter egg hunts consist of filling colored plastic eggs with candy and then laying the plastic eggs in the yard. Instead of filling them with candy, why not write some sort of fun activity or suggestion on slips of paper and put those in eggs? Ideas include: “Do 20 jumping jacks” and “run to the backyard fence and back” or “This slip entitles you to a walk around the lake with Dad.” The further the egg hunt moves on, the more exercise the kids will get and the faster they will want to go to bed that night without the sugar high!
Neighborhood/Community Egg Hunt – Meet with your neighborhoods a couple weeks ahead of time. Determine who will be home and who won’t mind all the kids zipping in and out of their yard. Then develop a neighborhood-wide egg hunt. Make sure the kids know there are some cool prizes in the eggs. They will zig zag all over the neighborhood and making it a fun event for everyone.
Candy Rationing – If friends or family bring a solid 1 lb chocolate egg or a 3-foot-tall candy filled basket, you can ration the candy out to the kids at your own pace. Let your kids know ahead of time that it’s not healthy to eat all the candy in one sitting. Some parents even donate “extra” candy to other children or schools for class parties so that there is not a ton of extra candy sitting around after Easter.
Filler Ideas – Who says it must be candy in the egg? It’s perfectly fine to fill the eggs with “non-candy” items. If it fits, put it in the egg. Think stickers, toy cars, hair ties and bows, lip balm, coins and cash. Get creative and have fun with your ideas for egg fillers.