Why is Easter a holiday that has become synonymous with unhealthy candy, such as milk chocolate bunnies and jelly beans? The traditional Easter basket is over-flowing with candies and snacks that we wouldn't eat any other time of the year. But I'm going to show you how to make an Easter basket with healthy, good for you, easy to find products.
First, let's think about the basket. The typical plastic basket is an environmental nightmare. The plastic won't decompose and could end up in the oceans. Plus, just touching plastic can transfer chemicals into our body. Plastic exposure is linked to cancer, an impaired immune system and can interrupt our hormones. (Source: Plastic Pollution Coalition) Given the dangers to the environment and us, finding an alternative to the traditional plastic basket is the first step in making a healthy Easter basket.
Here are some really innovative ideas for Easter baskets.
An up-cycled Easter basket made from a used coffee can. Idea from NorthStory.
A stuffed animal as a basket. Idea from Idea Story.
Not the type of person to make an Easter basket? Here are some non-plastic options for purchase:
Bunny Baskets from Gold Thimble Sewing
Personalized Easter baskets from J and J Hairbows
Now, what to fill these environmentally safe Easter baskets with? There are a ton of organic candy options. Organic candy gives confidence that chemicals and pesticides were not used in the production of the candy. While you may want to limit the amount of sugar that is being consumed in your house, an occasional treat is fine. In fact, by occasionally eating something sweet or indulgent, it helps everyone in the house continue to eat healthy. They won't feel so restricted and will be less likely to binge on something unhealthy, if they get the opportunity. Below are just a few of the products I found on amazon:
We have an eco-friendly basket and organic treats to fill it with, now we need to balance this with fun activities or gifts. An Easter basket shouldn't be all about candy and sweets. Adding to it games, puzzles, gift cards or even love notes makes your Easter basket unique and special. Here are some ideas that work for a variety of ages:
Hoot Owl Hoot
Award winning color-coded cooperative matching game where players must help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card and you’re one step closer to daylight. Help all the owls get home before the sun rises and everyone wins! Two levels of play allow this game to grow with your child.
Played with 55 circular cards, each decorated with eight symbols varying in size and orientation, the aim of the game is to be the first to spot the one symbol in common between two or more cards. The cards change with every match made, so you have to stay focused to keep up. Don’t be fooled! It’s not as simple as it sounds. Perfect for travel and playing on the go.
The classic board game Clue is still one of the best board games for kids and adults alike. One of the six legendary suspects has done away with Mr Boddy, but in which of the nine rooms? And which of the six weapons was used to commit this dastardly dead? Collect the right clues, make the right deductions, to determine who? where? which weapon? and you will solve the mystery and win the game.
While these family games are fun for all, there may be an adult in your household who is following a healthy lifestyle but would still like to get an Easter basket. Here are a few ideas for their Easter basket:
SPA BASKET WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE
A SPA basket is really easy to create and fill with healthy personal care products. Here are some ideas:
A dry brush is a great gift to give. Used gently all over the body before bathing, a dry brush helps exfoliate, increases blood circulation and promotes lymph flow and drainage. Click here for Ineffable Care Dry Brush sold on amazon.
The brand Nourish Organic was the first USDA certified organic skin care product line. Long before organic went main-stream. They have deodorants, facial products and body lotion. The best part is they are sold on amazon, so prime members get fast and free shipping.
Nothing says spa day like bath salts. There are so many to choose from and Natures Brand has a great variety. Buy 2 or more to help fill out the SPA basket.
Finally, don't forget to get a gift card for a facial or a massage at the local wellness spa. Your healthy loved one will appreciate it.
HEALTHY COOKING/SNACKING EASTER BASKET
This is a gift that is something I always love to receive. My loved ones know I am focused on an organic lifestyle, so when someone fills up a basket with USDA organic products that I can cook, it is like heaven. Finding USDA products are a lot easier to find and can even be found in the local grocery store. Here are some ideas:
USDA Organic Honey
Baking Mixes from FoodStirs
Wholesome Organic Coconut Sugar
Organic Rose Wine (sometimes I cook with wine & even use it in recipes!)
Organicville Pineapple Salsa
SuperSeedz Organic Seeds
Bite Organic Energy Bar
Bundle the products up in reusable mesh produce bags or reusable, washable grocery bags. Your healthy loved one will be so grateful for the thoughtful gift.
I hope I've been able to get you to think about Easter gifts in a different way. It is easy to put together a thoughtful and healthy option for kids and others. If you would like to get healthy living tips and recipes for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.