Make Easter Healthier for Your Kids/ Easter Basket Swaps

Easter is right around the corner and our little chickies are preparing to find out what goodies are in their Easter baskets! If you’re looking for healthier options for your kids Easter basket, then hop along with us!

Like many parents, I’m always looking for healthier ideas and treats for my kids. I like to be aware of the amount of unnecessary additives and sugar our kids eat. Even on holidays I don’t think they need to go crazy with food that won’t nourish them. If you have a toddler, it’s a perfect time to set the stage and just fill their eggs with real food like apples, cut up grapes, carrots, nuts, and other healthy treats. Keep it simple. Remember, you have to do this every year, and chances are your family will grow and you’ll have multiple baskets to make every year :)

Aside from sweet treats, I like to make an Easter basket theme like sports, gardening, outside activities, summer items, etc. Bathing suits, goggles, bubbles, books and sidewalk chalk are usually a staple in our baskets.

All the treats and goodies below are perfect for the Easter holiday and for filling your children’s baskets!

This blog was sponsored by Heinens local grocery.

Easter Candy Swaps

  • Little Secrets Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Pieces. These contain no artificial colors or flavors, and ingredients are fair-trade. These are delicious and your littles won’t be missing the traditional peanut butter candy! You can find these in the candy and nut aisle at Heinen’s.

  • Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks. These fruity snacks are organic and contain no high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, artificial flavors or preservatives. They are a cute little addition to the kids Easter baskets. You can find these in the fruit snack aisle at Heinen’s.

  • Skinny Dipped Almonds. These almonds are made with dark chocolate which has many health benefits. I try to make dark chocolate a part of our diets because of it’s powerful antioxidants. Skinny Dipped Almonds are also nonGMO, which is something I always look for. Look for these in the nut aisle.


  • Hu Chocolate. This chocolate has become one of my new favorites! It contains no palm oil, refined sugar, dairy, gluten, emulsifiers, or soy lecithin. This is a huge win! If you re on a paleo or ketogenic diet, reach for this brand. You can break the squares up and put in in easter eggs, or just place the whole bar in the basket.

  • Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities. If you like to throw a splash of color around your Easter baskets with Starbursts, try this brand instead! They are super juicy and delicious, and kids are excited to gobble these up. This brand also holds ingredients we try to avoid like high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.

Easter doesn’t have to mean a completely unhealthy day for you and the kids. These simple swaps will keep your Easter on the healthier side without missing out on the fun!