Easter is a great time of year. It is an incredibly refreshing time of year as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and new life. There is a dark underbelly to this wonderful time of year though…. jelly beans. Before we began our lifestyle of clean eating, jelly beans were my vice. So were chocolate Easter bunnies, Cadberry eggs, Reese pieces, and pretty much any candy around the Easter season… except for Peeps, Peeps are nasty. If you set a pack of jelly beans in front of me, I would devour them really quickly.
But here is the big problem. Candy is often extremely unhealthy. With all of the “sugar” (high fructose corn syrup), food dyes, and artificial flavors. It is not good for me to eat candy, and truthfully it is not good for me to give that candy to my children. We had to figure out a way to make Easter exciting for our children without giving them candy. This really isn’t a big problem for us because our children rarely eat candy! A few Hershey kisses and a few jelly beans were pretty much the extent of their candy consumption before we made the switch to clean eating.
This year, we made an Easter basket for our children and I think that they are going to love it! I am going to allow you to peak into our Easter basket so that you can get some ideas for your own Easter.
- A bucket and shovel
- A kite
- A book
- Chalkboard mat
- Play dough
Target has a great dollar section where I purchased some awesome Easter find. I even got some carrot and bunny hair clips! For my daughter of course….even though I could so pull them off. The stickers even have eggs that are scratch off, because who doesn’t like to do that?! Walmart had the kites, bucket, Frisbee, eggs and bubbles.
I hope that gives you a few ideas. By the way, our family may not do candy, but we still do eat something fun. This year we are going to bake a delicious dessert for the kids (we may eat a little bit ourselves). You can eat great food without sacrificing your health, and that is the whole point. Have a great (and clean) Easter!