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Thanks to Health Wise Home for this fantastic set of tips for keeping Easter Happy AND Healthy!! 


Tips for a Happy, Healthy Easter

Easter is almost here! As an adult, I look forward to our
family’s traditions that surround the holiday. When I was a child, I looked
forward to many of those same traditions, but my main focus was centered around
one common theme: Easter candy! Between school celebrations, a visit from the
Easter Bunny, egg hunts, and family celebrations, I was practically swimming in
jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies by the end of the Easter
weekend.
As a health-conscious parent in today’s over-commercialized
world, trying to maintain a healthy balance can be especially challenging
around the holidays. It seems like everything is centered around candy, and
lots of it. I have found that the best solution for our family is to allow our
children to enjoy the celebrations outside of our home (class parties,
community events, etc.) at their own discretion, and try to make our home and
family celebrations centered around more meaningful things, like having fun
together!
With a little planning, you can help create a happy AND
healthy Easter for your family. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1.     Choose a Healthier Theme for Easter Baskets.
Chances are, your kids are going to get plenty of Easter candy between
school, community, and family celebrations. Instead of focusing on filling
their baskets up with candy, pick a healthier theme that appeals to your
child’s interests or upcoming events. In years past, we have done a Sports
theme, a Beach theme, a Garden theme, an Art theme, and a Rainy Day theme. My
kids look forward to seeing what the new theme will be each year!

2.     Mix Up the Egg Hunt. Who says that all
of the plastic eggs have to be filled with candy? Mix things up a bit. The
anticipation of “What will be in the next egg?” makes the egg hunting even more
fun. Fill some of the eggs with trinkets, money (always a BIG hit), or family
fun “passes” (family movie night, stay up 30 minutes past your bedtime, a trip
to the zoo, etc.). You can even turn your egg hunt into a scavenger hunt by
filling each egg with a different clue leading everyone to a final prize or
destination.

3.     Play with Your Food. Healthy food
doesn’t have to be boring. That’s what Pinterest is for, my friends! With a
little creativity, you can create an Easter spread that is healthy and visually
appealing to your children. Better yet, let your kids play with their food to
come up with their own healthy Easter creations.

4.     Enjoy the Holiday. At the end of the
day, holidays are meant to be joyful celebrations that bring family and friends
together. Don’t stress over the little things. Instead, try to find a healthy
balance that works for your family and then focus on enjoying the moments and
time shared with those that bring the most love and joy to your life.



Happy Easter!

Sarah Young is a wife, mother of three, Health Education Specialist, and
healthy living advocate. She created Health Wise Home several years ago
to help educate, empower, and inspire others to “Eat Healthy. Live
Well.”. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and
spending time with her family and her dog, Maple. You can find her at her website, Health Wise Home, and on Facebook, too!