Healthy Treats for Easter

When you think of Easter morning what comes to mind? Maybe it’s hunting for eggs with your kids or heading to brunch with your extended family. For many, Easter also inspires thoughts of colorful baskets overflowing with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, caramel-filled eggs, jelly beans, and other sugary sweets. So this year, whether you’re preparing an Easter basket for a loved one or want to serve a few treats at a family gathering, why not include South Beach Diet-friendly options rather than the usual candy? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Go for mixed nut assortments or whole-grain animal crackers instead of the usual candy treats. Whole-grain animal crackers are a healthy basket alternative and something the kids will have fun eating. Mixed nuts are equally healthy. Some nut mixes also include dried fruit — such as apricots, pears, bananas, and strawberries — which adds fiber. Offer packages of just nuts to Phase 1 dieters and include those with fruit for those on Phase 2.

     

  2. Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate, including bittersweet chocolate, is not only delicious but also contains heart-healthy antioxidants. Kids and adults alike will love finding a South Beach Diet Good to Go Dark Chocolate Extra Fiber Bar or a Dark Chocolate Almond or Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Fit bar in their baskets.

     

  3. Enhance the basket with fruit by adding colorful apples, pears, bananas, and nectarines, for example. Fruits are naturally sweet and make beautiful basket presentations for those on Phase 2 or beyond.

     

  4. Pack bags of air-popped or microwavable popcorn as a crunchy snack. There’s a lot more to popcorn than just fiber. Recent research shows it’s also a source of antioxidants called polyphenols.

     

  5. Toss in a few packages of seeds for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers, so your basket recipient can plant a garden this season.

     

  6. Add in a few nonperishable items, such as paperback books, seasonal T-shirts and flip-flops, bubble bath, or egg-shaped sidewalk chalk.

     

  7. And don’t forget the dyed hard-boiled eggs. If the basket isn’t going to be sitting around for long, include some festive colored eggs to eat right away.

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