Oh yeah, it’s Easter. The chocolate bunnies are out in force – ready to attack. Jelly beans, peanut butter filled eggs, robin eggs (the ones that turn your lips funky colors – don’t ask how I know this…), and who can forget PEEPs… Easter is the second largest sugar soaked holiday following Halloween. It’s estimated that we rot our teeth and assault or pancreas’ with 16 billion jelly beans, 90 million chocolate bunnies (not just the ears…) and 700 million Peeps! HOLY HYPERINSULINEMIA!!! Here’s a look at some of the WORST offenders taking up space in our baskets.
But what’s a paleo Easter bunny to do? The kids (and admit it, you too) are looking forward to waking up to a basket full of good stuff. Well, luckily no one ever said that ‘good stuff’ had to mean sugar bombs wrapped in pastel colored foil. This year Peter Cottontail is going Paleo and the kids are still going to be happy on Easter morning! So let’s see what’s ‘hop’pening in a cavekids basket!
Let’s get started with the ‘meat’ of the contents:
- It would be a bit disturbing for any kid to wake up to a basket full of bunny jerky, but beef jerky – well, that’s another story! Check out Paleo Brands for some awesome jerky and steak sticks!
- EGGS!! This is a no brainer! Easter is colored egg season and I’m not talking the ‘foil wrapped’ chocolate, color your lips malted, or Cadbury Crème numbers that we are all too familiar with… I’m talking REAL hard boiled eggs. Lots of kids LOVE these and dying them is a major part of the fun!
- Go nuts! Macadamias, almonds, walnuts… Throw some of these in to keep the kids crunching!
The ‘sweet’ spot:
- No Easter basket is complete without something sweet – that doesn’t mean it needs to be to the tune of the “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing 1,100 calorie, 110 gram of sugar giant chocolate bunny that started with just an innocent bite of the ears… There are better options to consider for sure!
- We’ve talked about ‘paleo treats’ being a ‘sometimes’ food and folks – this might be one of those times. A few paleo cookies, Larabars, or other ‘clean’ paleo sweets make a nice addition to the basket.
- Throw in some unsweetened coconut chips and a little extra-dark chocolate. Make your own trail mix with the coconut, chocolate and some nuts.
- Non-traditional sweet tasting foods are awesome too! Think baby carrots – Easter Bunnies LOVE carrots and so do kids – apples, grapes, and other fruits put a new and nutrient rich twist on the standard ‘fruit flavored jelly beans’.
- Add a bottle or two of coconut water for hydration and you’ve got one fine looking basket.
- Who said that Easter baskets had to be filled with food? Why not mix things up and give the kids something to do or play with!
- How about a book? Reading is fun and if you’re looking for an awesome book to teach your kids about being healthy check out Paleo Pals!
- Coloring and activity books make another great option. Add some crayons or markers and get ready to decorate the refrigerator!
- Get them moving! Active toys are a great idea – jump ropes, balls, bats, Frisbees, rollerblades, bikes, even sidewalk chalk! Take the kids outside and soak up the vitamin D!
There you have it – a few ideas for the Paleo Easter Bunny in your neck of the woods. A few things to consider when assembling this year’s baskets: when a chicken lays an egg it’s NOT chocolate or wrapped in foil, beans do not come out of the ground made of jelly, and if you have never in your life come across a pink marshmallow bunny or blue marshmallow chicken in nature – be suspect. Have a great holiday!
What’s the Easter Bunny bringing to your house?