Trying not to go overboard on Easter chocolate this year?
That doesn’t mean you have to forgo the festive-factor, however! Thankfully, there are plenty of fun alternatives to Easter eggs for those trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.
While steering clear of too many sweets can instill healthy habits in your children and helps you resist the temptation yourself - it's still important to celebrate and treat your family to a bountiful Easter feast!
Hop past the candy aisle this Easter and indulge with these 9 healthy and wholesome snacks:
9. frozen Yogurt-Covered Strawberries
A lighter spin on its beloved chocolatey counterpart, dipping your strawberries in yogurt delivers the same creamy goodness complemented by the naturally sweet strawberries. They’re not called ‘nature’s candy’ for nothing, after all.
8. deviled eggs
A quite literal interpretation of the Easter egg theme, deviled eggs have become a favorite hors d'oeuvre for their sophisticated savoriness, yet simple execution. Rich in protein and Omega-3, it doesn’t get much more nutritious than this for a party snack.
7. ants on a log
This classic finger-food invention is the ultimate excuse to play with your food - all in the name of healthy eating! The celery/peanut butter/raisin combo makes for a delightfully nutty snack even your kids will love.
6. bunny pancakes with fruit
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Bring back the nostalgic smell of freshly stacked, maple-soaked pancakes and start the day right with this hearty breakfast staple. For the kiddos, have fun with it and add some bunny ears and whiskers!
5. carrots & Hummus
This popular snack for those always on-the-go is one way to get your kids chowing down their vegetables. Serve some baby carrots with creamy hummus for an incredibly easy and equally satisfying snack this Easter.
4. Homemade Popcorn
No one can deny that popcorn is the epitome of fun, but did you know you can make it at home, your style? Simply pop some raw kernels on the stove, sprinkle over your family's favorite spices and go easy on the butter (or forgo it all together) for a healthy version of this movie theater staple.
3. frozen grapes
Sometimes the simplest ideas really are the most genius. Chuck some red or white grapes in the freezer for 2 hours and viola - an ordinary household food has become a refreshingly fruity snack!
2. charcuterie board
When all else fails, a charcuterie board is a fool-proof crowdpleaser that’s as universally loved as it is elegant and indulgent. Hit your local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh, in-season fruits to add that extra bit of festive flair.
1. dark chocolate where possible
Are you a traditionalist who just can’t give up your Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies? Opt for dark chocolate - at least 60% cacao. The darker the chocolate, in general, the less sugar and fat it contains.
Making healthy choices doesn’t have to be a bummer this holiday with these nutritious and festive snacks. Your teeth (and, eventually, your kids) will thank you!
Wishing you and your family a Happy, healthy Easter, from all of us here at Greens Steel...
Maggie Johnson | Greens Steel Lifestyle Contributor