Looking for some healthier treats to serve up this Easter? These healthy Easter snack ideas are low in sugar, big on taste and so much fun for both kids and adults!
With Easter right around the corner, many of us are probably searching for fun Easter recipes to serve up to the kids.
Bonus if those snacks are actually healthy and not loaded with a whole bunch of processed ingredients and added sugar.
That’s where these healthier Easter-themed low sugar snacks come into play. Many of them contain nutrient-packed fruits and veggies and are lower sugar options. They’re also easy enough that the kids can help make them too!
What’s the deal with sugar anyways?
These days, it probably doesn’t come as a big surprise that most kids are consuming quite a bit of added sugar. 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, our family likes to indulge in some sugar sweetened treats every once in a while too. But as a general guideline, we try to stick to lower sugar snacks and treats 80% 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 our favourite lower sugar healthier Easter-themed snacks below!
Healthy Easter Snack Ideas
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 you can’t even 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. The perfect no-bake Easter treat!
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).
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 for anyone with a sweet tooth. These Carrot Cake Energy Balls are so fun for Easter and are also a great way to get some extra veggies in there too! With the sweet pop of flavour from the dates and spices, the kids won’t even notice the carrots!
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 and can be a great way to encourage little ones to try some veggies!
7. Snack Tray
This Easter snack tray is a fun way to encourage children to try foods of lots of different colours, flavours and textures.
Fill up this cute silicone Easter egg shaped tray (or an ordinary ice cube tray) with a variety of foods cut up into bite-sized pieces. You could also place plastic Easter eggs into an egg carton too and fill them up with a variety of finger foods!
Some ideas to try include:
- Diced mango
- Roasted chickpeas
- Diced hard-boiled egg
- Shredded or diced chicken
- Cubes of cheese
- Dried fruit
8. Hard-boiled Egg Chicks
Another super fun Easter snack are these Hard-boiled Egg Chicks. Simply make up a batch of hard-boiled eggs and transform them into these cute edible chicks that are great for the whole family to enjoy. Use chia seeds or peppercorns for the eyes and carrot wedges for the nose!
The filling protein will satisfy the kids’ tummies so they won’t be ravenous a few minutes later.
Although lemon and parmesan may sound 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.
NOTE: This snack is best suited for children over the age of four as popcorn can be a choking hazard for babies and toddlers.
How much fun is this Rainbow Fruit Tray? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love eating the rainbow and if you serve it up on an oval-shaped tray, it resembles an Easter egg!
I highly recommend serving it up wth the orange Greek yogurt dip to add some extra protein and goodness to this colourful snack or appetizer.
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