Build a Better Easter Basket

Easter is just around the corner, and this year you may be able to avoid giving your child a high calorie basket with no nutrients. We went to one of our local Market Streets and designed a basket you can feel good about giving your child.  Here is what we did!

In the Easter aisle, we first found a basket, some grass, bubbles, empty eggs, a few fun Easter candies, and a few toys to promote playing outdoors. When shopping avoid grabbing a basket too big that will be overfilled with treats. Remember candy is best in moderation. (Check out http://www.candyusa.com/moderation for some more ideas on moderate candy consumption)

Keeping this in mind we then ventured over to the candy aisle to find a few favorites packaged in small servings.  Reeses Minis and Strawberry sugar free Orbit gum were our picks! 

Next we wanted a cookie, cracker, and nuts to help fill our eggs. Keeping with an Easter theme we chose Annies Homegrown Friends Bunny Grahams. This variety pack includes bunny shaped cookies in honey, chocolate, and chocolate chip; all whole grain. While down this isle we picked up some whole grain goldfish and Cocoa dusted Planters peanuts to fill our eggs with as well.  

 Next we were off to the bulk section to grab some dried fruit! We chose dried apricots and cranberries to fill our eggs with.

Then we couldn’t have an Easter basket without some fun Babybel cheeses.  These are individually packed and easy to throw in with your mix of plastic eggs. For a fun little treat we also added a fun lip balm for the mix! We took a stroll down the cooking isle and found  a popsicle set to make some healthy juice pops!

Last, but certainly not least, fill your basket with produce to add bright colors to the basket, and remember bright colors mean lots of nutrients! We went for the strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and an orange! The cherry tomatoes were easy to fit inside our plastic eggs, and the orange is so big it can just sit on its own in the basket adding variety and color! As for your strawberries, use the empty plastic bag you took your eggs out of and fill it up! You can tie this off with ribbon or some of your grass.
Here’s our final product!
Don’t feel like you need to make your child’s basket exactly like ours for it to be healthy. Here are some other great options still promoting health and wellness!  Happy Easter!
·         Garden Gloves
·         Garden Shovel
·         Garden Seeds
·         Jump Rope
·         Pistachios
·         Almonds
·         Trail Mix
·         Clementine’s
·         Chocolate covered fruit
·         Dark Chocolate
·         Water Bottle
·         Frisbee
·         Apron
·         Fun Measuring spoons
·         Pretzels
·         Grapes
·         Baby Carrots
·         Hard Boiled Eggs
·         Nail Polish
·         Toy Race Cars
·         Sunflower Seeds
·         Coloring book
Written by Texas Tech interns Melanie Boynton and Justine Sustaita

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