It is a festive time of year, and a chocolate Easter egg treat for the kids as part of the fun-time is okay. It’s only a problem when our kids partake in chocolate and treats at Easter in addition to already consuming a lot of added sugar (often unknowingly) in their everyday food and drink.
Depending on your situation, you may wish to allow your kidlets some fancy-foiled chocolate eggs as a special treat. But if you want some no-added sugar alternatives, check out these suggestions!
Paint and decorate real eggs
With a raw egg, blow the egg out of the shell into a bowl (and use the egg in some cooking later). Using watercolor paints or food dye, have the kids decorate their eggs in an Easter theme. Let creativity reign!
Hunt for egg alternatives
Want your kids to enjoy an Easter egg hunt? Make it a treasure hunt and hide non-food items instead, like books, bouncy balls or bubble sets. Tailor to suit your little one’s interests.
Cut Easter shapes into fruit
Get an Easter-themed cookie cutter, and arm yourself with fruit like pineapple, rockmelon, and watermelon. Create the cut-out shapes, and skewer onto a bamboo skewer along with some smaller pieces of fruit like strawberries and grapes in between for a super pretty Easter snack. And don’t hesitate to get the kids involved in making the fruit skewers too!
Make Easter treats with real, whole food
Blending a few simple ingredients like nuts or seeds, a little dried fruit, coconut oil and cacao and rolling this mixture into balls makes for a delicious, bite-sized Easter treat.
Try our Nutty Banana Bread Balls or Mocha Coconut Bites (though you may wish to omit the hint of coffee in this recipe for the little ones!). There are plenty of recipe ideas on the World Wide Web, so get searching.
Damon’s wonderful wife, Zoe, put together some tips and recipes a couple of years back – be sure to check this out too!
Angela Johnson (BHSc Nut. Med.)