Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

Easter doesn’t have to mean that you’re consuming only sweets. Enjoy the holiday with some great alternatives! Instead of stuffing that basket with chocolate and Peeps, consider replacing those sugary delights with nuts, fruits and vegetables. You can still have that festive atmosphere without the sugary consequences. Your teeth will thank you later!

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http://greatist.com/health/19-ideas-healthier-easter-basket19 Ideas for a Healthier Easter Basket | Greatist The Easter Bunny is the bearer of all things sweet, delicious, and right with the world. But this holiday doesn’t have to induce the same sugar high as Halloween. Instead, fill those Easter baskets with some healthy alternatives. (Yes, we’ve included veggies and fruit, but we promise chocolate still has a strong presence.)

For a chocolate fix with a healthy dose of fruit, dip whole strawberries, grapes, or banana slices in melted chocolate. Microwave the chocolate on 50-percent power in 30-second increments, stirring between spurts, until smooth (or use a double boiler). Place the chocolate-ized fruit in mini muffin papers so the chocolate doesn’t smear all over the rest of the basket’s contents. To scale back on the chocolate, drizzle the melted stuff over fruit with the tines of a fork. For an added crunch, roll the fruit in chopped nuts (we like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachios).

Standard fruit snacks often contain a host of artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and preservatives. While it takes some time, it may be worthwhile to make your own fruit snacks using real fruit (this version uses just four ingredients—strawberries, lemon juice, honey, and gelatin). Pour the mixture into a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet and cut into cubes, or use bunny-shaped molds to get extra festive!

Now that you know how to choose the good stuff, it’s time to healthify that Easter basket in another less obvious way. Chocolate bars are exciting and all, but individually wrapped spheres and squares of chocolate offer built-in portion control. Instead of ripping open a bar, grab one or two pieces at a time to enjoy.

For more ideas: read more at greatist.com

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Author: Colorado Smile Design

Dr. Philip Wimpee, DDS, of Colorado Smile Design, offers the best care and a variety of services to his patients in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and the surrounding cities. We want your smile to be beautiful and have the expertise to take care of people with tough cases as well. Colorado Smile Design 9135 S Ridgeline Blvd. Ste. 120 Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 (303) 979-2900 http://coloradosmiledesign.com/

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