Hopping into a Healthy Easter

Easter Bunny SnackThe tradition of giving eggs at Easter is what Easter’s all about! To celebrate the arrival of Spring, presents of eggs — a symbol of birth — were given, wrapped in gold leaf. Today, that tradition has turned into giving chocolate eggs, candy and treats.

As with all holidays we always need to remember everything in moderation. Having a few treats here and there can be ok as a part of a healthy balanced diet. This Easter season why not host a special holiday brunch and include some creative and healthy treats for the kids!

Bunny Smoothie

  • Try a smoothie to start Easter Sunday. Put 1 cup of nonfat milk, ½ cup 100% orange juice, ¼ cup cooked carrots, ¼ cup fat-free plain yogurt, 1 tbsp. honey and six ice cubes into your blender, and blend until smooth.

Plastic Eggs

  • If cooking is not for you, buy a selection of brightly colored plastic eggs. Fill them with an assortment of healthy treats, such as nuts, raisins, yogurt-covered cranberries, healthy granola or even cereal. If they are placed strategically around the house for an Easter Egg hunt, your children will love finding them, whatever they contain.

Easter Bunny Breakfast Sandwich

  • As chatted about in previous posts, Why are some kids picky eaters?, getting creative with healthy food is key to getting kids to try new foods and keep them interested in healthy foods. Check out this cute idea for serving up eggs on Easter morning:

Bunny Breakfast Egg

Supplies Needed

  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice bread

For decoration:

  • Red radish
  • Cucumber
  • Peas
  • Cherry tomato
  • Beans
  • Carrot
  • Parsley

Preparation

  1. Toast your bread lightly and cut into a circle
  2. Cook your egg sunny side up and slide onto toast
  3. Slice your decoration ingredients and have fun assembling your bunny!

Hint: To make a perfect round egg – grease a large circle cookie cutter and put it on a hot greased skillet, crack an egg and gently pour into the cutter cook until set.

* See Picture Above.

Recipe Sourced from: http://www.circletimekids.com/recipes/bunny-breakfast-egg

Ideas sourced from: http://www.ehow.com/info & www.pinterest.com

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

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