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3 fun ways for a sugar-reduced Easter

April 13, 2022

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Easter is only a few days away. I can’t believe it and my daughter has definitely not let me forget. This year, her and her friends have been wearing bunny ears and tails to school. They’ve been counting down the days to a big Easter Egg Hunt and writing letters to the Easter Bunny. I’m not sure what’s changed, but there is definitely a lot of excitement for Easter this year.

In past Easter’s we’ve aimed to have a chocolate-free, or at least reduced, celebration. Here are some ideas if this is what you’re “hopping” to do.

Non-chocolate items to hid for a hunts

All the toys below are available from Toys R Us.

Smashers Dino Ice Age Surprise Egg (With over 25 Surprises!) $34.99 CAD
SMASHERS DINO ICE AGE SURPRISE EGG: Slime, fizz and SMASH your way through over 25 icy surprises inside to build the exclusive frozen Smash-o-saur Dino! Use the Arctic Scratch Map to excavate the Dino Ice Age to defrost compounds like the Growing Snow and Crystal Slime with hidden Smash-o-saur pieces. Collect all the pieces to start building one of 3 exclusive frozen Smash-o-saurs! Unfreeze more surprises like Smash Eggs and rebuilders. 

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Li’l Woodzeez, Cottonball Rabbit Family , $34.99 CAD
Meet the Cottonball Rabbit Family from Honeysuckle Hollow! This family set includes seven animal characters to add to your Li’l Woodzeez collection: Grandpa Boris, Grandma Doris, Mom Cassi, Dad Andy, and kids Chuck, Tab, and Tali. The Cottonball Rabbits love to spend time together.

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Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Shimmer Babies 12-Pack Egg Carton $29.99 CAD
Add a dozen Hatchimals CollEGGtibles to your collection with the Shimmer Babies 12-Pack Egg Carton! These iridescent and sparkly baby Hatchimals characters are all so adorable and feature sweet surprises, including all-new baby eggs and a gender reveal hatch!

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Crayola Egg & Chick Sidewalk Chalk, 6 Count
$3.99 CAD
Crayola Egg & Chick Sidewalk Chalk is the perfect creative gift to celebrate spring or for a non-sweet Easter basket treat!

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Non-chocolate Items for baskets

Every year we give the kids a DVD with their baskets. I know, with all the streaming options available, DVD’s and Blu-ray seem redundant, but there are so many great added features to them that’s it worth having them.

The kids are getting SING 2 this year! This collector’s edition is brimming with exclusive bonus content, including 2 never-before-seen mini movies with some of your favorite characters, sing-alongs to the hit songs from the film, a dance-along with renowned choreographer Sherrie Silver, outtakes with the star-studded cast and more interactive fun for the perfect family movie night. I’m looking forward to watching this again!

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Chocolate and treats

Although you can reduce the amount of sugar your kids eat, our favourite dietician, Jenn Messina recommends modelling a healthy relationship with food. “Take the power back from candy and it’s no longer this mythical and mysterious food. Offering these “forbidden foods” helps decrease risk of binge eating these foods at a later time.”

Jenn follows the lead of expert Children’s Dietitian, Ellyn Satter, and encourages parents to offer something sweet for snack time occasionally and offer it in unlimited amounts. Perhaps Easter is a great time to let them go wild and eat all the eggs and bunnies they have in their baskets or found in their hunts!

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Have a happy Easter!

Carlie Parkinson


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