Easter is a highly anticipated holiday for kids. After going through Lent with out any treats, Easter would deliver a basket of goodies and a sugar high that caused a crash reminiscent of the 1929 stock market disaster. When I became a mom, I realized the calories in those Easter treats were not worth the gym time to work them off. I also learned that I could create a basket for my kids that would be well received, and also better for them.
The calorie counts in some of the most popular Easter basket treats should require sign-up in a spin class immediately following that last tasty bite. A Cadbury Cream Egg has 170 calories, in one egg! A four-pack of marshmallow peeps have 130 calories. And the Easter basket staple, a seven ounce hollow chocolate bunny has half a day’s worth of calories at 1,050!
Instead, try these lower calorie candy alternatives, because we all know an Easter basket wouldn’t be the same without them.
* 10 Jelly Beans – around 50 calories
* 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – around 90 calories
* 4 Hershey’s Kisses – 90 calories
* 3 Butterscotch hard candies – 70 calories
* Sugar-free Dubble Bubble gum – 7 calories each
Fill just a few eggs with these treats to keep the calorie and sugar crash to a minimum for everyone. Then stock the baskets with these healthier, and even more fun, alternatives that get them ready for spring!
2. Sidewalk chalk and paint
3. New flip-flops
4. Jump ropes
5. Hula Hoops