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How to Give Kids Treats With Healthy Items

By Brandi Swieter

Many parents are searching for the perfect gifts, trinkets, and snacks to put into their children’s Easter baskets. The holiday has many people consuming a high amount of calories and sugar thanks to all the candy that typically gets featured as the right gifts to give. Rather than sticking with these unhealthy choices, parents can learn how to fill their kids’ Easter baskets with health items that are far more beneficial to the body.

Create Homemade Candy

Kids can still eat candy -- just make sure it’s homemade. Store-bought versions are much too high in sugar. Creating some alternative choices at home allows you to lessen the sugar serving and make a healthier snack that kids can enjoy. Homemade chocolates, gummies, and candy bars can all get made in a healthy way.

Make It Outdoor-Related

Many children love to play outdoors. With springtime here, Easter provides the perfect opportunity to give kids outdoor-related gifts that will get them exercising. Fill their Easter baskets with jump ropes, kites, balls, bubbles, frisbees, and more. These items will have kids running and playing and burning off their energy.

Pick Dark Chocolate

If you do decide to grab some chocolate at the store, at least make sure it’s dark chocolate. Bars with at least 70 percent cocoa have antioxidants that help fight disease and lower blood pressure. Organic chocolate bars are best because they do not contain all the artificial ingredients that regular bars do.

Add Better Bunny Snacks

A chocolate-shaped bunny doesn’t have to get placed in the basket this year. Instead, there are some better bunny snacks out there, such as bunny-shaped cheese crackers. While these still contain higher calories and fat thanks to the cheese, they aren’t near as high in calories and sugar as a full-size chocolate bunny. Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies is a great option. Otherwise, parents can make homemade versions at home using a bunny-shaped cookie cutter to ensure real cheese gets used.

Although a piece or two of candy may be fine, such as choosing just one Cadbury egg to place in the basket, parents should really consider picking healthier items to give their kids. Pick from this list or choose your own options for a fun and healthy Easter this year. There’s plenty of healthy choices to consider.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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