Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket – Restrictive Diet and ADHD-friendly

Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket - Restrictive Diet and ADHD-friendly
Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket – Restrictive Diet and ADHD-friendly


Have you ever noticed that Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day are basically the same as Halloween?  In terms of candy, that is.  Diet restrictions are tough to manage for sure, but holidays and the foods that come with them are just depressing.  

The great thing about Easter is that it was never meant to be a particularly candy-filled holiday, unlike Halloween.  It is, after all, about the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Candy never represented that very well, anyway… … …am I the only one who thinks eating a chocolate cross is weird?  

Instead of loading their baskets with candy, why not find other ways to lavish your children with symbols of new life and tokens of your love? (After which you will promptly give the credit to a rabbit).    

Below are some ideas I’ve brainstormed for a healthy Easter basket.  And by healthy I mean not loaded with candy.  Don’t eat the toys.

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HEALTHY EASTER BASKET IDEAS

NON-FOOD ITEMS

  • Jesus graphic novel, Action Bible

  • Stuffed animal

  • Kids’ card game

  • Small puzzle

  • FIDGETS

  • A small, special toy they said they wanted

  • Bubbles

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Small, pretty change purse with some shiny coins inside

  • Plastic eggs with notes inside from the Easter bunny (Ex: “Somebunny loves you”), or the starting clue to a treasure hunt

  • Flashlight…for some reason kids loooove flashlights

  • Pretty hair brush

  • Specialty markers/crayons

  • Small craft

  • Legos

  • Kids’ jewelry

  • Stickers

  • Temporary Tattoos

  • Hot wheels

  • Yo-yo

  • Music CD

  • DVD

FOOD ITEMS

  • Apples

  • Oranges

  • Fresh carrots with the greens still on
  • Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks (they’re BUNNIES!!!) and other diet-friendly bunny shaped Annie’s snacks

  • Fruit leather / allergen free fruit twists

  • Sugar free gum in fun flavors

The following suggestions are less healthy, but there is nothing wrong with limiting ow many Easter basket goodies a child eats in one sitting.  The snacks can be spread out and/or eaten with meals as a desert…

  • Instead of Peeps, find allergen and artificial-color-free marshmallows from the health food store and put them in plastic eggs

  • Find or make an allergy-free soft cookie and slide a popsicle stick into it for a cookie lollipop…or just put the cookies in the basket!

  • Enjoy Life brand chocolate bar – the ingredients avoid many common allergens and can be found in health food stores

  • Artificial-color free jelly beans

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Have fun making your basket and HAPPY EASTER!!

 

Easter basket contents
It’s a week from Easter, and this is how the contents look so far. I’ll add some fruits and carrots the night before Easter. I still want to find a graphic novel about Jesus – I’ll have to stop at a Christian bookstore for that.

 

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4 thoughts on “Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket – Restrictive Diet and ADHD-friendly

  1. That’s just silly. Where would you buy such a thing? I’m guessing that’s the Easter treat for atheists eh?

    1. Ha ha! That would be one bitter atheist!! But seriously, they’re available at Walmart, Target or Oriental Trading, to name a few places. OR you can get a handmade crucifix chocolate from Etsy. Personally I would have a hard time eating that. Growing up, one side of my family would put chocolate crosses in their baskets. They were big fans of Jesus so I think they were coming at it with their own version of respect. I suppose crosses do have more to do with Easter than a bunny though. I don’t know, either way it proves my point that celebrating Easter with candy is a weird tradition when you really think about it!! 😛

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