Natural Easter Baskets for Kids: Celebrate The Holiday With Delicious, Healthy Easter Treats
When putting together an Easter basket, the inclination is to buy all that ooey-gooey candy that contains processed fats and sugars. Instead, why not go natural this year? Keep the treats yummy and fun, while being mindful of the health and organic factors.
Healthy Easter Eggs, Organic Easter Eggs
To begin the holiday, parents usually help children dye Easter eggs. When purchasing eggs, look for ones that are “organically fed” – in other words, the chickens have been fed organic feed. Antibiotics are not allowed to be injected in organically-fed chickens unless there is an infectious outbreak.
Also, note that “cage-free” and “range-free” eggs have nothing to do with what the chicken consumes and does not affect the egg itself. Both terms refer to ethical standards and living conditions; for example, a cage- or range-free chicken has access to the outdoors. In the barn, there are small doors where the chickens can pass in and out if they so choose.
Natural Easter Egg Dye
The next step is dying the eggs. Choose all-natural ingredients to dye eggs such as:
- For the color red: boiled red onion skins or pomegranate juice
- For pink: juice from pickled beets or red grape juice
- For light purple: very small amount of purple grape juice
- For blue: blueberries or purple grape juice
- For yellow: boiled lemon or orange peels or chamomile tea
Egg-dying involving boiling water, thus parents must supervise every step of the process.
Natural Candy Store, Easter Chicks Bunnies
Most candy is processed with trans fats or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. When oil is hydrogenated, the chemical structure changes. These trans fats lower good cholesterol (HDL) and increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and are linked to diabetes and heart disease. Also, the digestive system does not know how to process trans fats, which is why people gain weight when they consume hydrogenated oils.
For a child’s Easter basket, choose all-natural chocolates that do not contain trans fats. Read labels carefully to make sure the candy does not have any partially-hydrogenated oils. Instead, labels should list ingredients such as organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla extract and organic whole milk powder. Some brands that make delicious, all-natural candy include:
- Newman’s Own Peanut Butter Cups, Peppermint Cups and Caramel Cups
- Newman’s Own Signature Series Chocolate Bars. They have a USDA Organic Seal and come in standard flavors such as milk chocolate and mocha milk chocolate.
- Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. The white chocolate flavor is creamy, milky and a crowd pleaser. Green & Black’s is extremely popular in England, especially their ice creams, but mainly found in health foods stores such as Whole Foods in the US.
- To order organic chocolate chicks and bunnies, marshmallow candies and jellybeans, check out naturalcandystore.com.
An all-natural Easter basket is simple and easy to make. If parents follow these tips, children will have a fun, scrumptious holiday while secretly keeping healthy and organic!