Peep Into Healthier Easter Snacks


Easter Treats

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“Tasty Treats That Keep You In Control”

Cut the sugar. Cut the cravings.

After Halloween and Valentines’ Day, Easter is the next “big” holiday on the commercial candy calendar.   I remember begging for Marshmallow Peeps as a kid at the grocery store.  Who doesn’t love Marshmallow Peeps?  These fluffy marshmallow chicks and bunnies come in every color of the rainbow and delight the tongue with a coat of pure sugar goodness.  Easter is not the same without your Peeps.

Before you pick up your Peeps though, check out the sugar content in a package of five – a whopping 36 grams of sugar for those harmless looking chicks!  Look at how many people eat Marshmallow Peeps for breakfast – 20.7% is surprising, if not a little disgusting.  Never fear, doB has found some recipes in which you can control the sugar and fat.  We understand they aren’t exactly “healthy” snacks, but with those two things in your control, we can justify a little Easter treat (keyword: little).

1.  Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats – Use plastic Easter eggs to mold traditional Rice Krispies treats into egg shapes and decorate with sprinkles or other toppings of your choice.  Deceivingly simple and fun! Hungry Girl also gives a great fiber-y alternative using Fiber One Cereal and Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs. One square has only three grams of sugar!

2. Easter Bagels – Tint light cream cheese with food coloring and spread the different colors onto bagels to eat.  This cream cheese trick is more of a novelty for the children.  Watch them play Monet by painting their bagels!

3. The Bunny’s Nest – Turn chow mein noodles into a nest for jellybeans or mini chocolate eggs.  The nest is held together with melted butterscotch or chocolate chips.  Go nuts and add some sliced almonds to protect your heart which loves such mouthwatering morsels.

Avoid making treats that seem cute and cliché for Easter but actually contain as many fats and sugar as other baked goods. Have a hopping good time being in control instead.

Peep, Peep! A healthier indulgence coming through.

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