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 conjurs up 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 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. 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 Phase 2.


  2. Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate, including bittersweet chocolate, is not only delicious but also contains heart-healthy antioxidants. Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao. Our South Beach Diet Sweet Delights dark-chocolate-covered sunflower seeds and soynuts make a healthy Easter basket option for any chocoholic.


  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 one 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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