I find Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas to be holidays of absolute “healthy eating sabotage” for parents. First, it starts with the schoolteacher sending the kids home with a little goody bag, then the grandparents add more candy and don’t forget the sweet neighbour next door, and then the doting aunties and godparents too. Suddenly you have all this chocolate in your home without any reasonable way to eat those delicious treats in a balanced way.
Why is the Easter chocolate tradition so troublesome?
The gesture is soooo very generous of the people who care about our children and at the same time it is difficult for us as parents to explain to the children why they cannot eat it all.
The amount of chocolate and candy is way too much to consume in a balanced way. It is also difficult to resist the temptation of having all this candy in your face (on the kitchen table.) So, take a step back and refocus on the positive.
What can you do to have a healthier Easter holiday?
Take a deep breath and be kind to yourself. You don’t have to get Easter PERFECTLY clear of sugar or chocolate, but you can do three things to create balance.
Focus on these 3 concepts to have a healthier Easter
- Create more opportunities to eat fruit and vegetables
- Focus on activities that boost creativity and fitness
- Set boundaries with well-meaning adults
Create more opportunities to eat fruits and vegetables with these 3 healthy alternative Easter treats!
Make breakfast fun with Bunny Tail pancakes!
- Prepare a lighter version of pancakes with added nutritional powders and plant-based milk.
- Allow the kids to decorate with lots of fruit.
- Encourage them to “play” with their food and let it be messy.
- Playing with their food helps them to build a relationship with the textures, tastes, and flavours. They won’t play with their food forever, so let it be uncomfortable and see what happens. Turn up that curiosity.
Make pink-, blue- and yellow-coloured smoothies.
Blend these up separately and serve in 3 different tiny cups. If you freeze the fruit, it may be possible to layer them all in one glass by pouring very carefully. Decorate with fun straws and goofy eyeball candy.
- Pink – frozen strawberries + milk of choice
- Blue – butterfly pea flow powder + banana + milk of choice
- Yellow – frozen pineapple + milk of choice
Keep the marshmallow bunnies and marshmallow eggs, but… add in the fruit!
- This trick keeps the fun of having a sweet treat AND adds in lots of colourful fruit.
- I bet your child will eat more of the fruit and less of the marshmallow anyway, but no stress if they only want the bunny.
- Start with the red fruits first, then stack in rainbow order leaving the bunny or chick on top. FUN. Here is the order:
- Red grapes
- Green grape
- Honeydew melon
- Marshmallow bunny or chick topper!