Sweets and treats: Some ways to cut the amount of candy your kids consume at Easter

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MILWAUKEE -- You can't totally skip the sweets at Easter -- but you can make some smarter and healthier choices than the Easter bunny might. Registered dietitian Lisa Grudzielanek with Your Tasty Life joins Real Milwaukee with some treats parents will be pleased to give their kids -- or have their kids receive from grandma and grandpa.

  • Easter doesn't have to become a sugar-filled event. It`s not about taking the fun out of Easter, just making better choices.
  • Limit portion sizes of sugar treats. Select option with smaller packages.
  • Research has shown that if we over-restrict what our children have access to, they tend to overeat those types of food when their parents are not around.
  • Children ages 2 to 18 should consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day. Some larger Easter bunnies contain 100 grams of sugar.
  • Select sweets with no artificial colors, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Look for organic sweeteners and items that are free from GMOs.
  • When dying eggs, select natural dye, such as Watkins, derived from pure vegetable juices like beet juice and spices like turmeric and free from artificial dyes
  • Consider putting together a themed Easter gift that is based on experience such as board games, sports, or artwork/crafts.
  • Remember: Easter is a holiday, it's not a holi-week and not a holi-month.

Non-foods ideas for Easter treats:

  • Stickers
  • Pencils
  • Gel Pens
  • Coloring books
  • Stationary
  • Puzzles
  • Bubbles
  • Mad Lib books
  • Legos
  • Fill plastic eggs with $1, quarters, or fun erasers
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Jump rope
  • Lip balm
  • Glow Sticks
  • Bubble bath
  • Hair products
  • Activity Books

Food item ideas for Easter treats:

  • Bubble gum
  • Justin's peanut butter cups
  • Annie's fruit snacks
  • Annie's and bunny crackers
  • Popcorn balls
  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Chocolate covered pretzel
  • Bars such as Larabar or Kind varieties.
  • All-natural fruit leather
  • Candy made without artificial dyes such as Yum Earth or Surf Sweets
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