Whats In Your Easter Basket?

April 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

Easter is just a few days away and if you are anything like me you have waited until the last-minute to go shopping for all of the goodies you will fill your childs Easter Basket with.  As I walked through the “Easter Basket” isles of Target yesterday I couldn’t help but feel frustrated at all of the CRAP that lined the shelves.  Tweeps, Cadbury Eggs, Jelly Beans, Candy Bars, Chocolate bunnies and crosses, Chocolate Eggs and oh so much more that just makes my stomach turn.  I’m not an over the top mom who doesn’t give her kids treat but think about it, how much do they really NEED to have given to them all at once????

I decided to be a little more creative for my boys (Dominic, is 1 and Max my step-son is 10).  Dominic was easy, he doesn’t understand the idea of an Easter Basket so he wont know what he’s missing, but Max is another story.  He looks forward to the candy and chocolate and likes to eat it every day (or as much as we let him) until its gone.  As if that isn’t bad enough he ends up getting 3 baskets.  One from my husband and I, one from his mom, and one from his grandma.  That is an insane amount of junk food for any kid to be given all at once.

So what do you do instead of the normal sweet treats?  You get creative!  Dominic will be getting a few new toy cars, a new book and sidewalk chalk.  Max is getting a large bubble maker, water balloons, and a small gift card to Target.  They both got a new outfit and YES I did get them each a little bit of candy.  We will also color eggs, which is great because they both love hard-boiled egg and this is a healthy fun treat.  They look forward to picking their egg each day that they get to eat. 

When you start shopping for goodies think outside the box.  What game can you get them to use their bodies, is there a book that your child might enjoy reading.  Have they been asking for something from a specific store that you can get them a gift card too?  Also make use of those plastic eggs, put notes, coupons and small amounts of money, keep it fun and remember Easter is NOT about the candy.

A little motivation for keep large amounts of candy out of your childs Easter Basket

Peeps: 4 of these fun marshmallow treats adds up to 130 calories and 32 grams of sugar.  YIKES can you say “bouncing of the walls?”

Jelly Beans: How bad can they be?  Well if you eat 2 or 3 not to bad.  Each bean has about 6 calories.  But these are one of those candies we eat mindlessly.  You can easily go through 3-4 servings (35 jelly beans = 1 Serving) very fast and each serving has 140 calories.

Cadbury Creme Egg: The 1.2-ounce egg comes with 150 calories, 5 grams of fat and 25 grams of carbs. These are my FAVORITES.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: This Easter Basket favorite has 180 calories and 10 grams of fat.  If you were to eat a regular Reese’s cup you would eat HALF the calories of the Egg.  They taste the same I’m going for the lesser calorie count:)

Large Chocolate Bunny: This one might shock you, the average 7 ounce rabbit contains 1050 calories. 

5 Brachs Malted Easter Eggs:  180 calories

1 Nestle’s Crunch Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny: 692 calories

12 Cadbury Chocolate Eggs: 190 calories


Lets do a little experiment, what might you eat on Easter day from the basket?

6 Cadbury chocolate Eggs…95 calories

1 serving of Jelly beans (35 beans)… 140 calories

1 Reese’s peanut butter egg… 180 calories

1 Cadbury Cream Egg…150 calories

1 Peep…32.5 calories

Total Calories…597.5

Thats in 1 day before eating any Easter dinner.  Not the best. 

Enjoy Easter but remember EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.



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