10 Fun Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket + Natural Dye Recipe for Easter Eggs

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Easter doesn’t have to include the same sugar high as Halloween. Instead of filling Easter baskets with sugary sweets, opt for these healthy treats and small toys.

(Here’s your guide to Easter Egg Hunts 2017)


Honey popcorn balls
Try this three-ingredient recipe by Crave the Good—you can choose to make cinnamon, cayenne or chocolate flavored popcorn!

Dried fruit
Naturally sweet and delicious!

Maple sugar candy
Use cookie cutters in springtime shapes to make this recipe extra fun!

Egg-shaped sidewalk chalk
A festive way to enjoy spring’s sunny skies.

Homemade carrot muffins
The Easter Bunny and your kids will love these! Try this healthy recipe by Cookie + Kate.

Coloring book + crayons
Get crafty! A coloring book makes for fun afternoons during April’s showers.  

Chocolate ladybugs
Have fun making this yummy recipe with your kids!

Book
Books are the best presents. Tuck one into the basket for before-bed reading.

Cookie dough dip
You may not think chickpeas, dried dates, peanut butter and chocolate chips will taste like cookie dough. But they do. Here’s the must-try recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie. 

PBJ Granola
Serve this recipe for breakfast or a snack. (If you want to go for a Banana Split Special, add dried banana chips and mini chocolate chips!)


BONUS! 

Natural Dye for Easter eggs
Use fruits and vegetables to make natural dyes for eco-friendly Easter Eggs!

Dye Ingredients

  • Blue dye: 2 cups purple grape juice
  • Brown dye: 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • Green dye: 2 cups strong brewed green tea
  • Yellow dye: peel of 6 lemons
  • Orange dye: 2 cups chopped carrots
  • Red dye: 2 cups chopped, raw beets (or drain 2 cups of juice from canned beets)

Directions

Hard boil eggs and refrigerate them. In separate pots, heat grape juice, coffee, green tea and beet juice to boiling. Place the chopped beets, lemon peels and carrots in separate pots and cover plus two inches with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain out veggies and peel, reserving the liquid. Pour all the hot liquids into bowls deep enough to cover an egg. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to each bowl of dye. Immerse eggs in dye and place in the refrigerator for at least several hours. The longer the eggs soak, the darker they will be (though they will be lighter than with commercial dye). Remove carefully and dry on a rack or in an egg carton. Rub them lightly with vegetable oil to give them a pretty sheen.


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Shape Up North is a community collaboration dedicated to helping northern Michigan residents benefit from healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. Living a healthier lifestyle can and should be an enjoyable adventure. Small changes in habits at school, work, and home can have long-lasting, positive effects on your health. With an abundance of great local foods and a four-season playground right outside your door, you and your family can lead a healthy, fit, and fun life.

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