Healthy(er) Easter Basket Treats

For Valentine’s Day this year, we bought the $1 box of cards at Dollar General and taped candy to them.  Candy from the kids’ Halloween buckets.  Truth?  As they were digging through, I saw a couple of pastel wrappers with bunnies.  Candy from Easter egg hunts last year.  

The game is in the gathering around these parts.  Our kids have a blast going door to door at Halloween collecting goodies, scampering across the football field and the nursing home lawn at Easter, stuffing candy in their baskets.   Fun times, but no way no how are we eating all that candy!

We’re not Nazis about the goods they bring home, but neither do we wish to perpetuate the sticky sweet.  Instead, I try to seek out alternative treats for Christmas stockings and Easter baskets.  The thing is, I don’t want to be the mom sticking broccoli in my kids’ baskets.  I want better, but I want treats.   That’s where CLIF comes in.

chocolate brownie

CLIF Kid Zbar Chocolate Brownie

Zbars are wholegrain snacks bars with the optimal balance of carbohydrates, protein, good fat and fiber to keep kids nourished and stabilize their energy level throughout the day. Zbars also have 12 essential vitamins and minerals for kids’ growing bodies. Flavors include: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, S’mores, Peanut Butter, Honey Graham and Iced Oatmeal cookie.

crispy bar

CLIF Kid Zbar Crispy Chocolate

Zbar Crispy is the first rice crispy snack bar with whole grain toasted oats mixed into the recipe. Zbar Crispy was inspired by all the things kids love about the original Zbar but in a new crispy texture to offer them even more variety. And Zbar Crispy offers more of four essential nutrients – Calcium, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin D – for kids’ growing bodies than other snack bars. Flavors include: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Cookies ‘n Cream.



CLIF Kid Zfruit

Sticky, chewy fruit “snacks” and the like?  Um, yes.  Those I have become a Nazi about.  My kids aren’t allowed to eat them in my presence, much to the chagrin of licorice-toting grandpas.  But unless grandpa (or anyone else) wants to pay the ridiculous dental bills we’ve encountered, sticky candy is not allowed.  (Bring on the chocolate!)

Zfruit is a tangy, chewy organic fruit snack that offers a serving of organic fruit and is a great source of vitamin C.  Zfruit offers a great-tasting fruit snack that doesn’t need to be washed, peeled, cored, seeded, cut or refrigerated before eating, making it easy for kids to eat organic fruit anytime, anywhere.

Okay, so I don’t really believe it’s the equivalent of a piece of real fruit, but it’s the next best thing, and something I’d even pack in their lunches!  I’m glad to have the Zfruit option available, and even more glad that two of my readers will receive a 12-count variety of Zfruit to hide in your own Easter baskets!  (or snack cabinet, or lunch boxes, or travel bag…)

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What are your favorite Easter Basket treats?  (I grew up on Reese’s peanut butter cups, and still snarf them to this day!)


  1. What we do around Halloween is let the kids enjoy getting the candy, let them pick out a few of their favorites for lunches, etc. and the rest we take over to a local nursing home. The old people love it and eat it right up. (You just have to be sure not to give any to a diabetic, we ask the nurses first). Many times the residents like to save the candy to give away to people who visit them or sometimes to the nurses they like the most. Just a suggestion.

  2. I love jelly beans… 🙂

  3. These look great! I’m a reese fan too but not this year. I pledged to not eat any in 2013. lol My kids would love these.

  4. Homemade is the best (treats; candies; chocolates poured in molds from the cake decor store or from Michaels; Ressurrection eggs & cookies & other spiritually literate treats). The bars lack any appeal at all for me, for seasonal candy purposes, no offense. If you can’t go homemade, here’s a couple alternatives for healthier Easter baskets, tho, we all have to admit, there’s just nothing healthy about candy. I grew up with Easter baskets so I am (still) partial to the tradition.

    The Natural Candy Store

    Organic Candy Options for Easter Baskets

    Resurrection Cookies

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