In case you missed the piles of candy bunnies and chocolate eggs in the stores, Easter is around the corner. More holidays have become strongly focused on food, sweets and treats. Here are a few ideas on how to have a healthier Easter holiday celebration that every bunny will enjoy.
These family-friendly tips encourage cutting back on added sugar, without cutting back on fun.
• Ready. Set. Go! Plan an Easter egg hunt and get kids moving! Consider filling the plastic eggs with small toys or money (one dollar bills or quarters) instead of candy. Hide a ‘golden egg’ that has an extra special prize such as cash or movie tickets.
• Egg-cellent (Non-Candy) Easter Baskets. Fill Easter baskets with small toys, stuffed animals, bubbles, stickers, erasers, accessories, and more fun items that kids will love!
• Focus on Fun. Plan fun activities such as Easter egg decorating, Easter theme coloring sheets, and word searches.
Munch on this tasty, easy and fun to prepare bunny cake recipe.
Bunny Face Brown Rice Cake Recipe
• Brown rice cake, lightly salted
• Creamy Swiss cheese, spreadable cheese wedge or hummus
• Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
• Celery for whiskers
• Radishes, sliced for eyes
• Black olives
• Cucumbers, sliced for ears
• Carrots for garnish
- Place a brown rice cake on a plate.
- Spread the creamy Swiss cheese, spreadable cheese wedge or hummus across the rice cake.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and use for a nose.
- Slice the celery, julienne style, and place alongside the nose for whiskers.
- Slice the radishes and use 2 slices for the eyes.
- Place the 2 black olives on top of the radishes.
- Slice cucumbers, use 2 slices and place on top of the rice cake for ears.
Nutritional information (Bunny face brown rice cake, one serving): Calories 135, Fat 4 g, Carbohydrates 15 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 215 g.
About Lucette Talamas
Lucette Talamas is a registered dietitian with Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from University of Florida. With additional experience as a clinical dietitian, Lucette enjoys providing practical nutrition information to promote healthy lifestyles that can help prevent and manage chronic diseases. Her expert tips and advice have been featured in print and broadcast media, including Miami Herald, CBS Miami, Telemundo and Univision. Active in professional nutrition organizations, Lucette was recently honored with the 2018 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.