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You may want to hop away from the Easter basket this year
Many modern-day Easter traditions have been observed for centuries; even if they never appear in the Bible. This tradition has blossomed from a basket of dyed boiled eggs into indulgent baskets of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow-shaped ducklings, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.
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But you might be shocked to know that this small collection of chocolates and candies can really wrack up the calories — over 2,000 calories to be exact.
And this is on top of Easter brunch and Easter dinner! And exactly how did we arrive at this alarming conclusion? We took a look at the reported calories in some of the most favored Easter candies and assumed that they would all be in the same basket come Easter morning. We looked at the serving size of each of the candies and calculated their calories to arrive at this overall total. We included classics from a solid milk chocolate Easter bunny down to the pastel colored M&M’s you find sprinkled throughout your Easter basket.
To help you understand how we arrived at this count and to make sure you make the best sweet decisions for your family, we’ve broken down the entirety of our full Easter basket for your scrutiny. And if you choose to still include all of these classic Easter sweets, just remember that moderation is key!
From Easter menus and party ideas to the best Easter dinner, dessert, and cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Easter Recipes & Menus Page.
Originally published by Lauren Gordon
38 Creative Easter Basket Ideas That You Can Make for Your Whole Family
Find a fun DIY for the toddlers, kids, and adults in your life.
On Easter Sunday, everyone is more concerned about everything that's tucked inside their baskets than the baskets themselves. While it may be hard to compete with chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and sugary-sweet basket stuffers, these fun Easter basket ideas will still find a way to grab everyone's attention. Most of the homemade baskets on this list are embellished with seasonal decorations &mdash faux flowers, pastel eggs, and bunny faces &mdash but there are also some ideas tailored specifically for different interests and age groups, including toddlers, babies, kids, teens, and adults. There's also a basket for every skill level and price point, whether you're looking to build a basket from nothing (a woven paper basket) or for simple ways to spruce up a boring wicker basket stashed away in your closet. In the end, the goal is the same: to craft a basket that your friends and family will want to re-use in the years ahead.
But you're not done the minute you put your craft supplies away. Then it's time to become the Easter Bunny and find adorable fillers, kid-approved gifts, and non-candy additions to get them ready for the big day.
Lean into the spirit of the season by painting an old egg carton with craft paint and filling with holiday treats. Add mini muffin liners and Easter grass inside each egg slot, so loose jelly beans and chocolate eggs stay put.
If you really want to keep their treats and trinkets under wraps, stuff them inside a box and wrap it up like a bunny, pompom tail and all.
15 Healthy Easter Treats That Even Kids Will Absolutely Love
These clever sugar swaps can help you have your candy and eat it, too.
You can't think of Easter without dreaming of all that chocolate and candy &mdash after all, no holiday feast is complete until you've enjoyed a sweet treat. Whether you're worried about ruining your diet or stressing out about how much sugar the little ones are gobbling down, finding a healthy Easter treat to enjoy with friends and family is actually rather easy. It's all about choosing fresh fruit that's loaded with organic sugars &mdash think seasonal options like strawberries or rhubarb &mdash and better-for-you sugar swaps that chip away at all that added sugar you've consumed on Easter Sunday. You may also experiment with alternative flours, sugars, and whole grains for an added punch of essential nutrients to make your favorite desserts that much better.
There are all kinds of ways to lighten up your favorite desserts at Easter time: Maybe it's a classic shortbread cookie that's been supercharged with almond flour in place of regular flour. Or it could be a dark-chocolate swap for traditional sugary milk chocolate in our ultra velvety chocolate mousse. Our favorite healthy Easter treat, a fruity pavlova, is reduced down to a mini serving that's more manageable compared to a larger cake. Enjoying a single serving of any of these delicious Easter treats means you'll have more room to unwrap some of the chocolate that the Easter Bunny brought you this year.
Whichever swap you make, you'll feel great about dodging sugar, calories, and carbohydrates with these healthy Easter treats. From fruit-stuffed treats to near sugarless desserts, celebrate Easter the right way with one of these better-for-you desserts.
Fun & Games
Just because the basket won&apost be full of candy doesn&apost mean the basket won&apost be full. The Easter bunny can bring an assortment of non-edible options that encourage everyone to play a game or get outside and run around once the baskets have been explored.
Quite adorable and perfectly themed for the day, Count Your Chickens! Board Game ($12, target.com) is a fun option. For slightly older kids, Hasbro&aposs Speak Out Game is sure to cause lots and lots of laughs. ($11, amazon.com), but the popular Pie Face Showdown is worth a look for any family who has a competitive streak ($16, amazon.com).
Introduce a young reader to a fun read with books like Roald Dahl&aposs Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ($8, amazon.com), E.B. White&aposs Charlotte&aposs Web ($5, amazon.com), or Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle ($6, amazon.com).
Once the baskets have been opened, and you&aposve all had a serving ofਂ-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes, head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful day. The Easter Bunny can gift games like this classic Toss & Catch game ($5, amazon.com), Wooden Yard Dominoes ($60, amazon.com), or Lasso Golf Game ($36, amazon.com). You can also decorate your drives with holiday art with Easter egg-shaped chalk ($10, worldmarket.com).
Beyond the basket
Instead of a one-time-use basket, let the Bunny deliver the goodies in a bag that can be reused again and again. Is the lunch tote you bought in August looking a little worn? Now&aposs a great time for a new one. We love Sunnylife’s Kids Lunch Tote ($18, sunnylife.com). Another great idea, a new overnight bag ($35, amazon.com) for nights away at grandma&aposs house.
Bunnies and chicks
No Easter basket is complete without an adorable stuffed animal or two. In this case, we picked up this adorable Stuffed Bunny ($14, amazon.com) and these Easter-themed plastic tumblers (starts at $15, amazon.com). This Easter Chick Child&aposs Mug ($9, amazon.com) can be a special occasion treat you can use for many Easters to come.
All the New Candy You Will Find in Your Easter Basket This Year
For some people, the most exciting part of Easter is decorating eggs — or searching for them. Others may be partial to parades and bonnets. And then there are those who are all about the candy.
This year candy makers have introduced a few new treats to pack into your basket, snuggled up to your hollow (or solid, if you’re hard core) chocolate bunny in a colorful nest of faux grass. These sweets making their debut in the run-up to Easter 2019 (Sunday, April 21) are definitely worth hunting for:
Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has taken its iconic colorful marshmallow chicks and bunnies to the next level this year with nine new Easter-basket-bound products. Peeps Pancakes & Syrup Flavored Marshmallow Chicks , Peeps Cotton Candy Flavored Marshmallow Chicks and Peeps Delights Orange Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge will be available at retailers nationwide. Meanwhile you’ll be able to find Peeps Root Beer Float Flavored Marshmallow Chicks exclusively at Kroger stores, Peeps Delights Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow Chicks and Peeps Filled Delights Chocolate Caramel Swirl Flavored Marshmallow Chicks only at Target, and Peeps Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks at Walmart alone. Also making their debut are Peeps Flavored Jelly Beans and Peeps Solid Milk Chocolate Bunnies . “We know many families include Peeps in their Easter traditions, and we want to provide our fans with fun new flavors, varieties and merchandise in addition to our iconic Peeps candy,” said Peeps Brand Manager Caitlin Servian said in a press release . Additionally worth noting: a Peeps-Flavored International Delight Coffee Creamer and Kellogg’s Peeps Marshmallow Flavored Cereal with Marshmallows are also on supermarket shelves, but only for a limited time only. So hop to it, Peeps fans!
5 Ways to Fix the Calorie Damage From Easter Candy
One (or two) chocolate bunnies don't have to derail your weight loss goals.
Did you enjoy your Easter weekend? Maybe a little too much? Even if you found yourself staring at an emptied out basket with candy wrappers strewn everywhere&ndashdon't fret. "It takes eating 3,500 calories above and beyond your body's needs to equal a pound of weight gained," says Christen Cooper, R.D., owner of Cooper Education and Communication in Pleasantville, New York. So even if you ate a lot of sweet treats on Easter (and a few days after), you can probably still fit in your jeans. "In fact, you probably didn't even gain a full pound," says Cooper. But our experts did agree the average Easter basket can contain up to 1,500 to 2,000 calories (yikes!), so if you enjoyed the whole thing, here are five easy ways toget back on track.
1) Estimate the actual calorie damage done and reverse it in small steps, recommends Cooper. For example, if you know you downed about 1,000 extra calories over the weekend, try cutting out your usual dessert (just for this week). A deduction of 200 calories over five nights equals 1,000 calories.
2) Consume a protein-rich shake in the morning to stabilize your blood sugar, suggests Stella Metsovas, R.D., owner of w8lessnutrition. "You don't need to add any fruit to the mix&ndashinstead, opt for fiber-rich ingredients (low in natural sugars), like flax seed or hemp seed, fresh or frozen greens, coconut milk or almond milk."
3) Get rid of sugar bloat with salt. "Take one granule of Celtic sea salt and add to your water, per one liter," recommends Metsovas. "Bloating occurs for many reasons, one of which is a disruption in mineral consumption (i.e., excess intake of sugar)."
4) Skip the diet sodas and artificial sweeteners for awhile, says Sharon Richter, R.D. They will make you feel more bloated, and their overly sweet taste may trigger another chocolate binge, says Richter.
5) Sweat off up to 500 calories with this "Mix it up Cardio Burn" workout recommended by fitness expert Amy Dixon. Start with a five-minute warm-up on the treadmill at a moderate intensity, and then do the following as hard as you can (without losing your breath): 10 minutes on the treadmill, followed by 10 minutes on a stationary bike, 10 more minutes on the elliptical, finish up with 10 minutes on the stair mill, and then cool down by walking it off. "Mixing it up is the name of the game," says Dixon, "and working at an uncomfortable intensity will help you burn some major calories."
Jessica Smith is a certified fitness lifestyle expert and creator of the 10 Pounds Down DVD series.
Easter Basket Cookies
Easter is almost here!! I feel like the holiday just snuck up on me wayyy too fast, and I’m trying to make sure my kids do some fun Easter activities before it comes. We at least try to do our annual Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt. It has become tradition, and even the hubby and I like taking part in this fun activity.
Something else I love to involve the kids in is making festive Easter treats! This recipe for easter basket cookie cups is perfect for that! We make this dessert every year, and the kids enjoy frosting them and placing the M&M’s on top. Not only are these cookie baskets cute and festive, but they’re yummy too!
Whenever we make these for family Easter get togethers, they are one of the first things to disappear!
Although Hershey's bunny has similar nutritionals to the one above, this nutrition information is only for a quarter of the bunny as opposed to a third. That translates to potentially eating 720 calories, 44 grams of fat, 28 grams of saturated fat, and 76 grams of sugar from this princess bunny.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 1 (16 ounce) can white frosting
- 2 drops green food coloring
- ½ teaspoon water
- 2 cups flaked coconut
- 1 (14 ounce) package candy-coated chocolate pieces
Prepare the cake mix and bake the cake in two 8 inch rounds according to package directions. Cool completely.
Cut a circle out of the center of one of the layers, leaving a ring that measures 1 1/2 inches from the outer to the inner edge. Place the uncut layer on a serving platter and frost the top. Place the ring layer on top of the frosted layer, and frost the sides and top of the basket. Decorate the sides and top by pressing candy pieces into the frosting.
To tint the coconut, combine water and green food coloring in a medium bowl. Stir in coconut with a fork until evenly tinted. Place green coconut grass in center of cake basket.
To make a handle, cut a piece of aluminum foil 8x16 inches. Fold in half lengthwise 4 times. Wrap with ribbon, securing the ends with tape. Insert ends of the handle into the cake top. Fill basket with Easter candy and goodies, if desired.
DIY Easter Baskets
Growing up we always had the most wonderful homemade Easter baskets that my mother made for us. What I loved most is that you couldn’t find them in a store, and not a single other friend of mine had the same one. Those little baskets are still put out every year at my mom’s house, still holding up strong, and they’re filled with decades of memories. Needless to say I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share this little family tradition, but it’s just too wonderful not to. All the credit goes to my cute little mom and her crafty little self. Happy Easter everyone, have a fabulous weekend!
Step 1: Blow up balloon to the desired size that you would like your basket. Tie the end of the string to the balloon, making sure you leave approximately 30cm on the end.
Step 2: Start wrapping the string around the balloon. It’s easiest to go lengthwise to start off. Once you’re done with one bundle, tie it to the beginning of the next bundle and continue until you have used all three or gotten the desired coverage.
Step 3: Using a large bowl in the bathroom (covering the floor with garbage bags) create a water/sugar bath. One part warm water to two parts sugar. (You can add glitter to the water if you want your basket to have some sparkle.) Roll your balloon until it is thoroughly covered with the sugar water.
Step 4: Using the bit of string you left at the beginning, tie your balloon to the shower rod in your bathtub. If some strings come loose, don’t panic, once you tie your balloon up, you can re-wrap your string around the balloon. Once the balloon is nearly dry, you will need to cut it down and roll it again in the sugar/water solution. Rolling twice ensures an extremely durable basket. Once will not be enough.
Step 5: Once your basket is dry but there remains an approximately 2 inch diameter wet spot on the bottom, cut it down and place on parchment paper. Press down on the wet bottom to create a flat surface so your basket will be able to sit on its own. Pop the balloon.
Step 6: Draw out the area you wish to cut out to create your basket. I like to use a ruler to measure from the table up to ensure a straight line across the front of the basket.
Step 7: Cut out the drawn out area. Once you do so, you may use that first piece as a stencil to cut the other side. Remember this is a homemade project, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step 8: I like to glue multiple layers of ribbon together to create a multidimensional look. Hot glue gun works best. If your ribbon is too thin the glue will show through, so pick a thicker ribbon or do a couple of layers.
Step 9: Glue ribbon to basket, starting with handles first. After the handle go all the way around the top edge of the basket.
Step 10: Cover the hole at the top of the handle by creating a bow in matching ribbon and gluing on top.
Step 11: Add your cellophane on the bottom of the basket, and fill with the metallic crinkle cellophane. Add any finishing touches or decorations, such as furry chicks, and you’re finished. Wait for Easter Bunny to fill with chocolate.