Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Delicious #Easter Candy Alternatives Your Kids will Love!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



This post is about some of my absolute favorite (kid-approved) items to put in your child's Easter Basket to replace some of the sugar filled gunk that is so very popular this time of year. Now I'll be honest, I do a mix of the two (non-sugar and gunk), but for those who want no candy or sweets (my daughter-in-law is very strict about no sugary treats for her little one), but still want to create fun baskets (and memories), I have included my tried-and-true favorites for this post. First, the Aqua Ball naturally flavored water drinks. Shaped like an egg for the holiday season, these are a perfect addition to the baskets. Kids love 'em because they have a fruity flavor along with one of their favorite characters printed on the bottle. A favorite character makes everything more special. Moms love 'em because they're increasing the water uptake for the children, they're enhanced with vitamins, and they have no sugar or preservatives. You can find these, along with all of the items mentioned below, in stores everywhere. These items are all reasonably priced as well.




My son  likes all of the flavors, but he picked Olaf first because, well like I noted, those character favorites just make the drink more fun. :)


My second choice is Little Kernel mini popcorn. These come in fun flavors like Truffle Sea Salt, Sweet and Salty, Pink Himalyan Salt and more. I was curious about the flavors, and ended up really, really loving them. They have a White Cheddar I'm on the look out for to try next!! These are all-natural and popped in Olive Oil.


The best thing about them, besides the scrumdiliuptious flavor, is their size. These are mini kernels, so they're much easier for the kids to eat. These are definitely worth a try, and a perfect alternative to candy for the Easter Baskets. I highly suspect these will become a favorite household snack for any time in the year.


Anything Welch's is always a good choice, and they've done it again by creating Easter-themed fruit snacks. This is by far my favorite brand for these types of snacks because they pop with fruit flavor, they're not too gummy, and they're easy to take along with you wherever you go. My son takes one to school almost every day for his classroom snack. These are also great to put in Easter baskets (of course), to send to day care or school, or to keep on hand for an afterschool snack or a special treat. You might also want to leave these out on the counter instead of tucking them away in the cupboard because they're a great way to add a bit of Easter festivity to any room (those packages!! so cute).


Finally, I had to include the Cascade Ice Drinks. My 9-year-old tells me all of the time that he likes these way better than soda (hurrah), and he always misses them if they are not in the house. Again, this is a flavored water type of drink, but this one is different than the Aqua Balls because it has carbonation. I like these because they mix flavors, which does make for a nice treat. Every single one I have tried has been light, refreshing and delicious. These are nice and tall, but skinny too, so they make for a great base in the Easter Baskets to put in the back...and then you can prop other items up against them. We usually keep these on hand for little man, but guests are always intrigued and opt to try them too.

So far, everyone who has tried them here, has loved them, and I can totally see why. Great flavor, and no junk? Yep, that's a good deal for any day, but especially for Easter when kids tend to get candy and sugar-filled treat overload.

Take a look around most any grocery or super store and you're very likely to find any of the products mentioned above. We're striving for a good balance of treats (meaning tasty, but healthier choices included to balance out the sugar) for our Easter Baskets this year, and these options are all tops in our book.

Have you tried any of the above?
Would you be inclined to include any in your Easter baskets this year?

16 comments:

  1. No junk is sure a win. I'd include them for kiddos over the sugar junk any day.

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  2. I'm so glad folks are thinking about giving kids healthier things for the holidays. All the sugar and other junk just isn't a good idea.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  3. You have some really great ideas for alternatives to the usual sugary junk that is in Easter baskets. I especially like the popcorn snacks, I've never seen mini kernels before! I've really got find those somewhere.

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  4. This is a good idea to limit those sugary-empty-calorie snacks in Easter baskets. I love that you give your son healthier choices. I am sure he will do the same to his own kids when he grows up and has a family of his own.

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  5. These are some wonderful ideas for alternative Easter candies. I am all about not eating too much sugar, so I would like these alternatives myself.

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  6. These are great products, healthier too to give kids during holidays. Far better than junk food.

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  7. We love those Welch's fruit snacks here. I may grab some for my boys' Easter baskets - thanks for the idea!

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  8. WOW What an improvement. The easter bunny is getting smarter.

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  9. Great ideas! I hate buying so many sweets during the holidays. I will have to put some of these in my son's Easter basket.

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  10. It is always best to choose healthy snacking options for our kids. Fruit juices, yogurt drinks, popcorn, all the delicious things you mentioned in this post would be great to put in an Easter basket!

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  11. My kids love the little water bottles. They fit perfectly in their lunch boxes.

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  12. These are great alternatives. It's always better to give our kids something healthy instead of the usual sweets. I'm sure a lot of parents are going to appreciate these suggestions.

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  13. We love the drinks you mentioned. So good.
    (I also love alternatives to candy!)

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  14. These are such great alternatives! It's not all about candy.

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  15. I do add a little sugary treat to the girl's basket, but think it's a great idea to balance it out with non sugary sweets too. I need to try those Cascade Ice Drinks. When I gave up soda 10 years ago, I switched to flavored carbonated water, but I haven't tried these yet. They sound delish!

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  16. We always have welch fruit snacks in our house. These goodies look good to be added to any Easter basket.

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