There are so many holidays where kids get too much candy! My kids still have candy left from Valentine’s Day! With Easter just around the corner, here are some alternatives to candy-filled Easter Eggs and other healthier Easter options.
- Arcade tokens
- Hair Bands/Hair Bows
- Play-doh Eggs
- Seeds to grow flowers in the Spring
- Mini Nail Polish
- Coupons for “fun” things to do together
- Little plastic dinosaurs and/or chicks
- Fruit snacks and yogurt covered raisins
- Bouncy Balls
- Mini Glow Sticks
- Small container of Bubbles
- Plastic Army Men
- Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
- Silly Putty
- Puzzle Pieces
- Fun shoelaces
- Rainbow Loom loops
- Directions to a prize
- Cereal such as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or Pops
- Trail mix, mixed nuts, or Chex pretzel mix
- Raisins, dried apricots or other dried fruit
- Coins or dollar bills
- Granola or popcorn
Here are some healthier Easter themed ideas for kids to snack on.
Carrots and Dips
Carrots and dip are a classic Easter snack food, as carrots, after all, are the food of choice for the Easter Bunny. Fresh sliced carrots or whole baby carrots are perfect for kids to dip into bowls of peanut butter, ranch dressing, hummus, bean dip, spinach dip or almond butter.
Food dye can make almost any snack more desirable, including a regular bagel with cream cheese. Separate white cream cheese into small bowls and dye each with a pastel Easter color: pink, light blue, yellow and green. Place the bowls out along with halved bagels and allow the kids to spread their own cream cheese on each half to create Easter egg bagels.
Bunny Trail Mix
Trail mix or party snack mix is a classic among favorite children’s snacks. Though not the most healthy snack, nuts and seeds at least offer some protein during the candy-filled day. Mix together a variety of nuts with salty crackers, miniature pretzels, dried fruit and dried seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin. Add jelly beans or malted eggs to the mix to add a flair of Easter.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Make a salad from fresh spring fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, melons, bananas, apples and anything else that is in season in your area. Mix them together with lemon juice and nuts, such as sliced almonds or pistachios, for a light and colorful snack during any time of the day.
Cookie Cutter Sandwiches
Shaped bread makes any flavored sandwich stand out among the rest. Tea sandwiches filled with deli meats, egg salad, tuna fish or peanut butter and jelly make filling healthy snacks during the day when kids are too preoccupied with their candy-filled Easter basket to sit down to lunch. Use cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies or flowers to cut sandwich bread into shapes for small novelty sandwiches.
Pastel Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries
Strawberries dipped in colored Greek yogurt and sprinkles make a wholesome Easter dessert or a special snack. Use plain Greek yogurt with a little honey mixed in, then add food color and top with sprinkles. Place the berries on parchment paper and pop them in the freezer for about 10 minutes or so to set the yogurt.
Cheese Cracker Easter Carrots
Just fill a baggie with Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies or Goldfish crackers so it forms a carrot-like shape, then use green yarn to seal the bag and create the green carrot top.