games

Sneak some nutrition fun into your kids' Easter baskets - USA TODAY

fun - Google News
Google News
Sneak some nutrition fun into your kids' Easter baskets - USA TODAY
Apr 8th 2012, 02:41

By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press

Updated

Still have to fill those Easter baskets? Looking for Easter activities?

By Jym Wilson, Gannett

Try adding a piece of fruit to make Peeps a bit more healthy.

Why not sneak a bit of fun nutrition -- fun is the key here -- in there, too? Sure, offer up some traditional treats like jelly beans and chocolate eggs, lest your little ones revolt.

"One, they will not like you, and two, they will think it's not fair," said Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and certified health coach for Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan.

But with some exotic fruits and a bit of creativity, you can also sneak a valuable lesson into the festivities, she said: "It teaches balance and moderation, even on the holidays."

-- Golden Eggs: -- Along with the other ooey-gooey eggs, toss in some kumquats -- citrus fruit the size of a grape tomato. They can be popped into your mouth whole, peel and all. They're good naked or dipped in a bit of chocolate.

-- Bunny Ears: -- With a slight "pearish-grapish" taste, a persimmon can be sliced to look like bunny ears and dipped in chocolate. Or use dried mango.

-- Bunny poop: Combine dried raisins, cranberries and blueberries, then drizzle with chocolate. Eww for you, but fun for kids.

-- Rice Krispie treat eggs: Shape marshmallow Rice Krispie treats (made with melted peeps) into egg-shaped balls, but slip in some Grape Nuts, dried fruit or peanuts, too. Dip into chocolate as an added treat.

-- Peeps s'mores: Melt chocolate on Peeps, then squeeze between slices of apple or other fruit (rather than graham crackers). Alternatively, Peeps and fruit can be slipped on sticks like kabobs.

-- Cottage cheese bunnies: For Easter breakfast, shape cottage cheese and a half of a canned pear into a bunny shape. Use fruit -- star fruit, mangos, peaches -- to make its face, and decorate it. Add a carrot for its food and even some bunny poop.

-- Fruit snackst: Dried fruit is better, but fruit snacks are an alternative to candy in a pinch. Just make sure they're made with 100 percent fruit juice to cut down the added sugars, Derocha said.

For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to letters@usatoday.com. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, go to corrections.usatoday.com.
USA TODAY is now using Facebook Comments on our stories and blog posts to provide an enhanced user experience. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then "Add" your comment. To report spam or abuse, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find out more, read the FAQ and Conversation Guidelines

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

You are receiving this email because you subscribed to this feed at blogtrottr.com.

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe from this feed, or manage all your subscriptions

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Random article