What can the Easter Bunny bring to your child that is healthier than the traditional candy-filled Easter Basket? We set out last year to make our own version that was lower in sugar, chemcials, food dyes, and more “eco-friendly!”
Our son is slightly allergic to chocolate and some food dyes. He loves Clif Kids Z bars ! Easter presented the perfect opportunity to splurge a little on treats he likes, but we don’t purchase on a regular basis. If you plan on buying chocolate or candy, look for organic products when possible; they are minus the usual additives, chemicals, and any pesticides used in the non-organic varieties. Vosges Chocolat sells many Rainforest Alliance certified products so you’ll know they are not only good for you, but good for our Earth as well (the mini bars are delicious and make wonderful gifts.)
We also chose fresh strawberries and covered them in white chocolate. Instead of plastic bags, we used a ceramic Easter pot to display our strawberries in the basket. We also opted to use small pieces of fabric to line the basket (mainly because we hate picking up little pieces of traditional Easter grass that we often find still hanging around come Memorial Day!)
Be creative with your choice of baskets. We used a basket that could be used after Easter to hold many of the small toys in our son’s room. A fabric bag is also a great choice.
Our neighbors always give “treasure-filled” ceramic planters: the pots are filled with seeds, potting soil, and gloves to help kids or adults grow herbs, plants, or vegetables.
Marbled Easter Eggs – my grandmother had a collection of marbled Easter Eggs that she gave to my son when she passed away. Instead of the usual plastic Easter Eggs, we now add to his collection of marbled eggs at Easter. Not only are they eco-friendly, but he will have a collection he can cherish for many years to come.
How can you make your own gifts at Easter a little healthier and “Earth-friendly?”