Non-sugary treats to put in your kids Easter basket

Katherine - posted on 04/03/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Actual hard-boiled eggs: You've already dyed them. Might as well slip a few in. (Does your kid only eat the whites? Mine too. Here are some ideas for those yolks.)



Fresh berries: Put a handful of blueberries or blackberries inside a few plastic eggs for a sweet treat that's all natural.



Popcorn balls: These do have a bit of sugar from the marshmallows, but otherwise these are a high-fiber, low-sugar snack. Here's Martha Stewart's recipe for popcorn balls.



Dried fruit or nuts: For something different, try dried apricots, dates, yogurt-covered raisins, toasted hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts.



Annie's Cheddar Bunnies: My son loves these. They're basically Goldfish crackers, only made with real cheese and, hello, they're BUNNIES! They also make Bunny Grahams.



Clementines: These are wee relatives of the orange with super-thin skin most kids over 3 can peel themselves. They're usually a less tart than oranges, too.



Squeezable yogurt: Most brands with cartoon characters on the package are still loaded with sugar, but they're still less sugar than candy. We like freezing ours first.



Home-baked treats: Just about any homemade cookie or muffin is still going to be less sweet than candy.



And how about a few non-edible options?



Cascarones: These are colored eggs filled with confetti -- so fun! I was thrilled when my mom sent my son some last year. Just remember to crack them outdoors unless you love vacuuming.



Polished rocks or crystals



Legos



Bouncy balls



Stickers



Play Dough



Bubbles



Egg-shaped sidewalk chalk



What other non-sugary treats do you put in your kids' Easter baskets?

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Corinne - posted on 04/04/2012

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OOOoooooo might have to do some confetti filled eggs for my horrors. Mia's already upset because she hasn't had chocolate everyday since school finished.

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