Easter Candy Substitutes

by CB Blog Team on April 4, 2014

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.


35 Things to Hide in Easter Eggs Besides Candy


  1. Arcade tokens
  2. Hair Bands/Hair Bows
  3. Play-doh Eggs
  4. Crayons
  5. Seeds to grow flowers in the Spring
  6. Erasers
  7. Stickers
  8. Chapstick
  9. Mini Nail Polish
  10. LEGOS
  11. Earrings/Rings/Bracelets
  12. Coupons for “fun” things to do together
  13. Little plastic dinosaurs and/or chicks
  14. Goldfish
  15. Fruit snacks and yogurt covered raisins
  16. Tattoos/Stickers
  17. Bouncy Balls
  18. Balloons
  19. Mini Glow Sticks
  20. Small container of Bubbles
  21. Tickets
  22. Plastic Army Men
  23. Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
  24. Squinkies
  25. Silly Putty
  26. Bubbles
  27. Puzzle Pieces
  28. Fun shoelaces
  29. Rainbow Loom loops
  30. Directions to a prize
  31. Cereal such as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or Pops
  32. Trail mix, mixed nuts, or Chex pretzel mix
  33. Raisins, dried apricots or other dried fruit
  34. Coins or dollar bills
  35. 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.


Pastel Bagels

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.

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