By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
Easter Bunnies, Easter eggs, and all that Easter candy! Sounds yummy to the children, but most moms know “that all that yummy can hurt those tummies!” Not to mention that most of those treats are GMO laced with all kinds of artificial colors, flavors, and chemicals. So, what are you going to give your “peeps” this Easter? We have some ideas that you and your loved ones can enjoy without all the unhealthy stuff, check them out!
1. Chocolate Covered Fruit like strawberries, bananas or apple slices or even chocolate-dipped dried apricots are an option that almost anyone can enjoy! Simply get your choice of chocolate and melt it in either a double boiler or in the microwave 30 seconds at a time and stir in between until smooth. Dip the fruit and for extra fancy effect get a sandwich bag and melt some white chocolate the same way you melted the chocolate before. Place the white chocolate in the sandwich bag and cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner so you can stripe the fruit and voila! If your child has a dairy sensitivity, you can use dairy free chocolate:)
2. Lets talk about the Easter Eggs. Coloring Easter eggs can be a fun activity for the kiddos, but how about making a DYI egg dye from natural ingredients that are in your kitchen? Now that is keeping it real…real healthy that is! I found some great ideas on Pinterest using beets, cabbage, tea, coffee and other ingredients, but feel free to look up other natural color choices.
3. Don’t waste your eggs! After boiling a dozen or more eggs, your kids may get tired of eating boiled eggs. Here is an eggcellent idea, turn those hard boiled eggs into Deviled eggs! Who can resist those tasty little cuties full of protein? Click here for another cute Pinterest idea!
4. Fruit Kabobs are an easy treat! Just put your child’s favorite fruits on a kabob stick and put a bowl (or a bunny or egg shaped bowl) with yogurt (use a nondairy yogurt for those who have dairy intolerance) or any other dip you would like to try!
5. Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs are easy and a real sweet treat! If your child is allergic to peanut butter use a different nut butter or tahini, sunflower seed butter. Check this recipe out from Pinterest; it is a gluten free recipe too!
Trying cook healthy and delicious should be fun! However, if you have a child that has food intolerances, it can make things a little more challenging and not so enjoyable for you or your child. However, once you know what your child food sensitivities are you can prepare the foods that will be safe and delicious for them, and that is a win-win for all. If you want to know what your child’s food sensitivities are, you can order our Food Allergy/ Intolerance Test Kit. No need to guess or struggle, find out today so that Easter, all the holidays, and Everyday can be a good food and happy tummy day! Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Food Allergy Test Kit (IgG & IgE) and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.