You know it's Easter time when our children become inundated with sugary candy and toys left and right. It may even be worse than Halloween! From an early age, we decided that while we have to uphold special diets for my health, we didn't want our kids to feel left out of the traditions that come with holidays. Easter is one of those times that I still love to have an egg hunt with treats and goodies inside, and hide a beautiful basket full of fun things for them to find in the morning.
I'm asked quite frequently what packaged snacks and candies I purchase when I don't have time to make everything homemade, so I partnered with Whole Foods Market to show you how to put together a healthier Easter basket. Whole Foods Market is also offering one lucky winner a $100 gift card so you can put together a basket of your own! Keep reading to find out how to enter.
Every time I post photos of the treats that I occasionally send in Asher's lunch, I get loads of questions about where to find better alternatives to candy. We don't buy them all the time, but when we do, I head to the bulk section at Whole Foods Market and pick up some of their candies.
They are always free of artificial colors or flavors and high fructose corn syrup, and they carry a lot of brands that use organic sweeteners, and are free of GMOs and of the top 8 allergens as well. Staying away from those items is important to us, and it's so nice to still have treats that I can feel comfortable occasionally giving to my kids. Be sure to check with your local Whole Foods Market to find out which of the candies are gluten-free. Most are!
I also like to include some fun activities, games, or books in the basket so it doesn't have to be so heavy on the candy factor. I picked up a few festive items from the Whole Foods Market Easter display, and I think my kids will love them. For our Easter egg hunt, I usually fill the eggs with homemade fruit roll-ups, loose change, stickers, and other small toys.
If you're tasked with putting together a basket for the hostess or an adult friend, try something a little more practical. In the true spirit of Easter and celebrating new life, a beautiful outdoor pot with a few packets of seeds and some potted herbs to plant is a beautiful alternative to a basket full of sweets.
The potted herbs are usually right outside the front doors to the store, and the seeds can usually be found near the produce department. Those pastel plastic woven baskets typically to waste afterwards, so a pot makes an alternative lovely useable vessel. Plus it is a fun activity to get to plant the herbs or seeds and watch them grow, then get to use them in your kitchen! The floral department also creates gorgeous bouquets, so I love to take one full of spring blooms to whomever is hosting us for Easter brunch.
Do you want to build one of these baskets yourself? Enter for a chance to win a gift card to spend at Whole Foods Market!
Entering the giveaway is simple! Just leave a comment below and we will randomly select one winner!
US and Canadian residents 18+ years only please. 1 comment allowed per person. All comments must be submitted by Wednesday April 12th at 11:59pm pacific. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. The gift card will promptly be emailed to the winner.
Of course you don't have to spend that all on goodies for a basket, you can shop for all of your Easter brunch needs for the recipes in Celebrations too!
This post is sponsored by Whole Foods market, however my opinions are my own.