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The Easter Bunny has arrived.
I love Easter.
It’s a symbol of new beginnings, renewed spirit and is a kickoff to longer, sunnier, brighter days. It’s filled with happiness, comfort, and treasured family bonding. And it’s also a day for egg hunts, ricotta pies and THE EASTER BUNNY.
Each year, the Easter Bunny makes his (or her) way around our house and she kinda has a routine as to what special goodies are left. (Our Easter bunny is a Virgo with slight OCD. She has control issues.)
Our Easter Bunny’s list is pretty similar each year, and each year, she has a few bunny rules of what she doesn’t want in the girls’ baskets. No Peeps. No jellybeans. No sugary, pastelly stuff. (Before you write me off as the most boring mom ever, you should know that they each still get a piece of chocolate. Because chocolate is a main food group.)
It’s no secret that our family has been on a healthy journey sine the beginning of this year. So, when it comes to holidays, now especially, I can’t blow it all out of the water with junk. But, I also don’t want my girls growing up thinking they can’t ever celebrate, enjoy a special treat, or eat a lollipop without thinking they just broke a commandment.
Instead, our Easter Bunny just leaves them something else to nibble on.
I’ve always been on board with Annie’s Homegrown.
Aside from the fact that I love their mission of committing to supporting organic practices and honest labeling, are firmly opposed to GMO ingredients, and take pride in working with farmers who are passionate about quality and sustainability, all of their products really taste good. In fact, it’s the only mac and cheese I will feed my children. (And they inhale two packages of it like they were–wait for it–jellybeans.)
It’s a brand I’ve used repeatedly over the last 6 years and a brand I love.
So, when I thought about what treats to place in their Easter baskets this year, Annie’s became the perfect fit.
How great are these? DIY Organic Cheddar Bunnies carrots!
I took a box of organic cheddar bunnies, dropped a handful into a clear frosting piping bag (found at any store that has cake supplies) and tied them off with a green ribbon. Beautiful and tasty without the sugar-high.
Of course, you could try this with any of the many fun bunny themed products from Annie’s– the Organic Cheddar Bunnies, the Honey Bunny Grahams or the Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. (They even have gluten-free Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies.)
Some nutritional information about each:
Organic Cheddar Bunnies• Baked with organic wheat flour and real aged cheddar• 0g trans fat• Low saturated fat• No cholesterol• No sugar added
Honey Bunny Grahams• Excellent source of calcium• No saturated fat• No cholesterol• 8g or more of whole grain per serving• Made with organic wheat• Also available in Bunny Friends (honey and chocolate grahams)
Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks• Certified organic• Free of artificial coloring• Made with real fruit juice• 100% DV of vitamin C• Vegan & gelatin free• Gluten free• Flavors: Tropical Treat, Berry Patch, Sunny Citrus, Summer Strawberry, Grapes Galore, and Pink Lemonade
I don’t think Easter needs to be all about candy. I don’t think any holiday does (contrary to what most drugstores might tell you.) You can give smarter, healthier options for treats and feel good about what you stick in that pretty basket.
Besides, you know your parents are gonna give them jellybeans anyway.
Here are the girls’ baskets. They’re filled with drawing pads, coloring books, art supplies, glittery lip glosses (so I can deflect them from taking mine), Easter-themed socks, new packs of character underwear (this is worth more than 10 pounds of jellybeans to them), new Piggy Paint nailpolish colors, a chocolate bar, and, of course, their Annie’s bunny carrots. I know they will love every piece. And I’m pretty sure Averi will ask for every future school lunch to be packaged like a carrot.
Charlotte, bless her little 2 year-old Jekyl and Hyde heart, gets the Annie’s snack and piece of chocolate, a new water thermos, and a toy, since she’s not so much into the art stuff yet. Unless decorating the entire bathroom door and 62% of the house’s walls count. Which is exactly why she doesn’t get any.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy Easter! What does the Easter Bunny leave in your house?
* Disclosure- I was provided Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies and the materials to create the “carrots,” but all opinions are my own. I may have eaten half the box, too.
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