You shouldn’t have to give up the experience of enjoying food with family and friends because you lead a healthy lifestyle. And holidays are no different. I love Easter. Mainly because I love chocolate (there’s a reason Chocolate Chocolate chunk is my favorite Maxine’s Heavenly flavor!). When I was a kid, I would get so excited to rummage through my basket on Easter morning to find sugary goodies.
Now, I’m pushing 40. And even though I still love chocolates and sweets, I know a lot more about the effect of some of those “foods” on my system. I put foods in quotes, because I also now know enough to look at ingredient panels, and what I see is that there is barely any food in them! Lots of sugars, chemicals, dyes, and the like, but no real, whole foods.
But times have changed and a healthy Easter basket doesn’t mean carob chunks and celery. Below are a few items that you can put in your Easter basket without guilt!
1. Nelly’s Organic Bars
Once you’ve had Nelly’s candy bars, you won’t want to eat the well-known brand names anymore. Super clean label and delicious.
2. “Other” Cups
3. Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies
Made with ingredients like whole grain oats and heart-healthy flax, our cookies have less sugar and more nutrition than most cereals and bars. But they still taste decadent and delicious.
4. Hu Chocolate
Yes, my list is chocolate-heavy (I may have a problem). Hu Chocolate is delicious and not made from crap ingredients – imagine that!
5. Fruit Snacks
There are better-for-you options now in the fruit snacks/fruit leather department. Check out Veggie-Gos – their strips are made only with fruits and vegetables!
6. Beanfields Snacks
Not everything has to be sugary! Beanfields are AMAZING snacks when you want salty over sweet. Clean label chips, what’s better than that?
Who says Easter baskets have to include only candy? The type of game depends on the age of the basket-receiver, but I will highly suggest Settlers of Catan Dice Game (Settlers is the best game ever and the dice game is small enough to fit into a basket) and classics like UNO.
8. A YETI
No, not the abominable snowman. YETI makes what I consider to be the world’s greatest tumbler. I drink SO MUCH MORE WATER now that I have one. I have gotten them as presents for dozens of people and they are always appreciated. No one knows they want one until they have one. They keep drinks cold for hours and hours and hours and it really makes drinking so much more enjoyable.
For little ones, consider the 10 oz Rambler. Personally I have the 30 oz tumbler, and it goes with me everywhere I go.
9. Self-Care Products
These kind of gifts are perfect, because people always want self-care products, but are often reluctant to buy them because they seem extravagant. I recently went back and forth on buying a Peppermint essential oil roll-on, and was so happy I did. A little application at the temples adds a little extra zing and focus to my day. For your loved one, it may be an aromatherapy candle, a fancy lotion or face mask, or even a gift certificate for a massage. If you are the type to give massage gift certificates out in an Easter Basket, will you adopt me?
For the younger folks, this can be things like coloring books, a jump rope, nail polish, or art supplies.
Books are gifts that keep on giving. This is another category that depends on the age of the receiver as well as the tastes. You can never go wrong with Harry Potter though.
11. An Experience Coupon
This is especially great for kids. Let them know that you’re taking them to the zoo, to their favorite amusement park, to the science museum, etc. Have a specific date in mind so they can get excited and it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of life.
There’s no reason for an Easter basket to make you feel guilty or to tack on the pounds. Head to the store for these healthy products today!
There’s no reason for an Easter basket to make you feel guilty or fat. Head to the store for these healthy products today!
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