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TIP OF THE DAY: Better-For-You Easter Baskets

If you’re running out today to buy all the fixings for Easter baskets, here’s some advice:

Buy half the amount of candy and fill up the other half of the basket, bag or box with Easter- and spring-themed non-edibles. The temptation is to give a filled-to-the-brim basket of Easter sweets, but no one needs that much sugar.

We love delicious Easter candy as much as anyone, but know that we aren’t doing anyone a favor by overloading someone with it.

So here are some additional ways to fill the Easter basket.


  • Smaller baskets. There’s no need for Titanic-size gifts.
  • Hollow chocolate bunnies and eggs instead of solid ones.
  • Peanut butter-filled eggs instead of less nutritious fillings.
  • Easter-color beverages, like bottles of specialty diet sodas (look for Boylan’s) and Vitamin Water.
  • Sugar-Free jelly beans (available from Jelly Belly and Russell Stover).

    Instead of an open Easter basket that shows how much it holds, look for boxes or other containers to hold the Easter loot. This bunny box is from The Art Of Appreciation.


  • Mini fruits like clementines, miniature bananas and pineapples (kids love miniature fruits). Pomegranates are fun, too.
  • Nuts and dried fruits in grab-and-go bags (check out Peeled Snacks).
  • Easter themed apparel: socks, tee shirts and whatever else you find.
  • Kids’ favorite booty, such as stickers, soap bubbles and stuffed animals.
    Who says the Easter Bunny only brings candy!


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