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Healthy Alternatives to Candy during the Holidays

By Brandi Swieter

Candy is the No. 1 item used to fill the Easter eggs that children are tasked with hunting on Easter day. Though it’s fine to give a few pieces, not every single egg should be filled with these unhealthy treats. Instead, find some healthier options to fill them with so kids aren’t getting an overfill of sugar. There are plenty of other choices available.

Mix Up the Options

Everything in moderation is what most doctors say, so follow this example when treating your kids. It’s far healthier for them to have a few candies mixed with dried fruits, trail mix, and other healthy snacks instead of overeating only one of these options.

Fill With Nuts and Dried Fruits

Nuts and fruits are both far healthier options than candy, so choose these possibilities when putting together little giveaways. Avoid cashews and peanuts; these are heavier on fats. Use walnuts, pistachios, or almonds instead. Prunes are some of the healthiest dried fruits to include, along with raisins, dried cranberries, and dried pears.

Use Cereal

Plenty of healthy cereals fill the market. Use these kinds to put inside Easter eggs when filling them. Choosing sugary options, such as Fruit Loops and Captain Crunch, will be nearly as bad as providing candy. Try plain Cheerios, Chex, or Raisin Bran instead.

Add a Parachute Toy

Stores sell little army men attached to parachutes. They get thrown into the air and kids can watch them slowly parachute down to the ground. These little toys are great to add to giveaways because they keep kids active for a while. They will have fun running over to catch their parachuting man and tossing him in the air over and over again.

Include Instructions

During most hunts, kids simply wander around the yard looking for the next egg. Instead of allowing the children to pick up eggs filled with candy and even cereal or nuts, make them do an activity instead. A fun activity egg hunt keeps the kids far more active and is a great way to keep them healthy. Include an instruction in each egg, such as “do 12 jumping jacks,” or “run around the yard once.” Kids will have a blast making their way through the list of options and be all tuckered out by the time it’s done.

Find healthy ways to fill Easter eggs and avoid using only candy for the kids. Even the holidays can be healthy if people make them so. Parents should opt for healthy snacks and alternative objects to give their kids on every occasion.

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