Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest holiday for candy of the year. There will be tempting baskets filled with crème eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans tempting us at every turn for the next few days. Nebraska Medicine Dietitian Rebecca Kraay to the rescue with some healthier swaps that won’t make you feel like you are missing out.
The first swap is easy. If you are having an egg hunt use real eggs instead of the candy filled plastic variety. Kraay says if you want to fill plastic eggs use small toys like stuffed animals, bubbles, chalk, Legos or even seeds to plant this spring.
Kraay says there are easy swaps to make filling that basket. Instead of marshmallow chicks try making rice cereal bars instead. She says, “Instead of a milk chocolate bunny would be to do a bit of popcorn with a few M&M’s for a sweet – salty taste. A popular item can be those Cadbury Crème Eggs. Another swap to consider for kind of a different alternative of that would be making your own style in a sense of using Greek yogurt with a little bit of lemon curd and a few chocolate chips in there for the chocolate.”
Other good substitutions include making buckeye peanut butter cookies and swapping them for peanut butter and chocolate eggs and using dried fruit instead of jelly beans.
Kraay says one last thing – everything in moderation. It is fine to enjoy some candy but recommends balancing out Easter baskets with non-food options and consider some healthy swaps for candy and treats.