Non-sugary treats to put in your kids Easter basket

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




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


Bouncy balls


Play Dough


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




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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