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Easter will be here soon…you can tell by all the sweet goodies on display in most stores, bakeries and chocolate shops. All these delectable-looking options make it very hard to resist stuffing such smile-inspiring treats into your child’s Easter basket.

…and we’re not saying not to. An Easter basket without a few chocolate eggs, or a chocolate bunny, is just…cruel.

But, aside from a select few (and we really do mean few) token pieces of the sweet stuff, how about building an overall better, and healthier, Easter basket this year?

Healthy Easter Basket Ideas

1. Dark Chocolate Bunny

Like we said earlier, don’t be too extreme. A few pieces of chocolate, preferably dark chocolate, such as small chocolate eggs or one small or medium-sized chocolate bunny is kind of a prerequisite for any Easter-worthy basket. This said, keep that candy content to a minimum, especially super-sugary options like jelly beans and marshmallow candies. According to a recent CNN article, severe obesity in children is on the rise, and excessive added sugar does absolutely nothing to boost your child’s health. So adding only a few small treats to their basket will help keep things like their blood sugar, their tooth health and their weight under control.

Other smart candy options include sugar-free lollipops.

If you’re trying to go completely candy-free this year, try other options, such as fruit snacks or dried fruit placed in colorful little bags or plastic eggs.

2. Toys

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