These healthy snack options are low in sugar, big on taste and so much fun for Easter! Perfect for both kids and adults!
I know I’m probably going to sound like a bit of a party pooper with Easter right around the corner, but these days kids are consuming WAY too much added sugar. And I’m talking CRAZY amounts.
With the high intake of beverages like pop and juice and daily consumption of snacks that appear to be on the healthier side like fruity yogurts, sweetened cereals and granola bars (not to mention the cookies and the candy!), the sugar content can quickly add up.
On average, kids are consuming a whopping 19 teaspoons of sugar per day. 19 teaspoons!!! And that’s just on an average day! Then, when you add in special occasions like Easter, with all of the chocolate bunnies, and cream-filled eggs, their sugar intake is sure to go through the roof.
And as moms, we all know what this means. The kids will be bouncing off the walls in NO time at all. It can also equate to more cavities and an increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease later on in life. Totally not fun.
So to prevent this, it’s generally recommended that children between the ages of two and 18 consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugar per day. And even lower than that would be ideal.
Now I’m all about balance and believe me, I like to indulge in some sugar sweetened treats every once in a while too, but generally I recommend trying to stick to lower sugar snacks and treats 90% of the time. And this can be a good rule of thumb for kids too!
The good news is that there are so many options out there for healthier snacks that don’t compromise on flavour and are still super fun for Easter.
Check out some of my favourite lower sugar Easter-themed snacks below!
Healthy Easter Snacks
These lemon infused energy bites are seriously tasty! What’s even more amazing is that there is no added sugar because they’re naturally sweetened with dates (but I swear you can’t taste them!) Using dates is one of my secrets for sweetening up treats without dumping in a bunch of added sugar. And the lemon juice and zest inject so much flavour, the kids won’t even miss the candy!
2. Bunny Mix
Another super cute idea is to make a homemade Bunny mix. For a sweeter version, make some air-popped popcorn and mix it with some Annie’s Honey Graham Bunnies and a lower sugar cereal like Barbara’s Puffins (I like the cinnamon flavour). For a savoury version, try mixing Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies with air-popped popcorn, nuts or seeds and roasted chickpeas. It makes a super fun, cute and crunchy Easter snack!
I love these mini egg cups because they’re a great source of protein and they are so delicious. Plus they’re only made with only 5 simple ingredients! Whip up a batch and store them in the freezer to pop into the kids’ lunches for a quick little bite to eat!
4. Fruit Flower Crackers
Another idea that I love are these fruit flower crackers. How fun are these?! Nothing says Spring like a flower on a cracker! All you need to do is take some round whole grain or higher fibre crackers (like Breton) and spread a little cream cheese or Laughing Cow cheese spread thinly across the cracker. Next, place a raspberry in the middle and place halved grapes around the raspberry to form a flower! So simple and extremely cute and tasty.
Once again we’re coming back to the energy bites because they’re basically the solution to anyone with a sweet tooth. In my original post, these were actually called Chocolate Mocha Snowballs but you could totally change the name for Easter to Chocolate Bunny Tails and the kids will never know the difference! These are so tasty and rich, the kids won’t even miss the chocolate bunnies!
6. Carrot Garden
How fun is this carrot garden?! All you need is some hummus, small terra cotta pots, baby carrots and parsley or cilantro! Just before serving, poke a hole in the top of each baby carrot with a toothpick and insert a sprig of cilantro or parsley into each hole. Simply “plant” a couple of baby carrots in each pot, and enjoy! This is not only a fibre and nutrient-filled snack, it can also be a fun little activity for you and the kids!
Another super fun Easter snack that I’m loving these days are these Hard-boiled Egg Chicks. Simply boil up a batch of eggs and transform them into these cute edible chicks which are great for the whole family to enjoy. Also, the filling protein will satisfy the kids’ tummies so they’re better able to say no to the junk.
As much as lemon and parmesan sounds like a weird combination, it is seriously SO good! The lemon zest and parmesan cheese inject so much flavour into the popcorn. And I love popcorn for a snack because it’s packed full of fibre and antioxidants! Definitely can’t go wrong with this crunchy snack.
What are some of your favourite healthier Easter snacks?
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