Posted by Susan | Posted in Healthy Eating | Posted on 14-04-2011
In just a few weeks, the Easter bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail to deliver all those baskets to the kids for the annual sugar buzz! Traditional sugary treats such as jelly beans and peeps can leave a coating of bacteria and plaque on teeth resulting in tooth decay, not to mention unpleasant visits to the dentist. Don’t forget all those extra calories may lead to unwanted weight gain – with pediatric obesity on the rise, this side effect is a definite concern.
Why not try healthy snacks or treats for the Easter basket or egg hunt this year! There are quite a few kid-friendly options that are quick and easy to make in no time. The following are a few great ideas for the little ones:
- A small cellophane or zip lock bag with a serving of bite-size fresh fruit or veggies such as baby carrots – these foods are crunchy and a natural way to clean teeth.
- Fill medium to large plastic eggs with sliced apples, healthy granola or trail mix, nuts, or even cereal such as Cheerios.
- Dried fruit such as pineapple, blueberries, mango, or yogurt covered raisins or cranberries are also great in eggs or single serving packets.
- Organic treats are a wonderful option as they do not contain preservatives. A few favorites are Peter Rabbit Organics, Heavenly Organics, and Yummy Earth.
- If a chocolate bunny is a must, try a miniature one. Small servings of high calorie foods are recommended.
Paying attention to what’s inside the Easter basket may not only help prevent short-term health problems such as tooth decay, but also help teach kids treats don’t have to be high in fat or calories to be great tasting. This is one lesson that could change a child’s life and prevent chronic health problems down the road.