Easter is a great family holiday, and we all want it to be super-special for everyone. But, you don’t want to hurt your children’s oral health with a constant stream of chocolate and candy.
Here are some healthy alternatives that keep the joy of Easter alive while avoiding the worst effects of sweets. Fill that basket with:
- Fruits and (home-baked, lower-sugar) cookies
- Peanut butter cookies and bran muffins are great and tasty
- Plastic eggs with tiny toys or coins are colorful and fun
- Little books about the holiday, maybe coloring books and crayons
- Small stuffed toys to play with and collect
In fact, toys in general are a great idea, and there are so many variations available. Put a price and size limit on your choices and browse the local toy store or even the supermarket. You can find small jigsaw or box puzzles, mini-pads for drawing, coloring books and cut-out books, kits for making beads or jewelry, even a disposable camera. All those choices, and so many more can involve and engage your children long after the candy is gone. These are the kind of treats that could become lifelong keepsakes of a cherish family holiday.
Candy certainly is everywhere, especially at Easter time, but the easiest choice isn’t always the best choice. Get a little creative and you’ll invent some bigger, better, and far more enduring holiday traditions.