Easter in my family is a big deal. Everyone gets an Easter basket (even the adults!) and they are typically filled with candy and trinkets. For a child, that pretty basket filled with pastel eggs and chocolate, jelly beans and other sweets is a dream come true. For an adult who is diligently focusing on health and maintaining 4 year old New Year’s Resolutions… it can be a nightmare.[question]Disclosure: Kroger provided me with a gift card and other incentives in exchange for creating this basket and writing this post. However, the opinions are wholly mine, and the printable cards are free to anyone![/question]
So, when Kroger gifted me a $25 gift card to create an Easter basket, I knew right away what I WASN’T going to get. My hubby and I have been working out for months and watching our sugar and fat intakes with the intention of being healthier overall. The last thing I want to do is throw him off track with jellybeans and chocolate eggs.
Thankfully, Kroger has a great selection of healthier (if not healthfood) options that are perfect for baskets! Check out all of the items I was able to get for that one $25 gift card!
My hubby LOVES yogurt covered raisins and they look just like jelly beans, so those were my first selection. Then I found the pretty pastel chocolate bar in the organic section. Dark chocolate (over 73% cacao) is a healthy selection we make often in my house. The flavor is rich and intense without a bunch of added cream and sugar. That means it satisfies a craving for chocolate without throwing away all that hard work in eating well. Plus, it is intense so we eat less of it generally.
Fruit is an easy go-to for a basket like this. Kroger often has “manager’s specials” on fruits and veggies that they have too much of, or have been hanging around a bit too long. I took advantage of that and got 5 pretty and shiny red apples for 99 cents! These add a bunch of weight and fill into the basket. They are so popular, hubby stole one from my grocery bag and ate it before I even had a chance to make the basket. =D
One of Hubby’s goals for eating well is to get his recommended amount of protein. So I headed to the health food area and found a HUGE selection of trailmix/granola/meal bars. These cost about the same as a candy bar, but have a lot more nutritional value. I picked two that sounded delicious for the basket.
Along the lines of sticky sugary candies like taffy, I found several varieties of fruit leathers for about 50 cents each. They had the added bonus of pastel wrapping, so I grabbed them. In the same aisle there was a Coco Cafe vanilla flavored protein/meal shake that I just know hubby will love (he is a giant fan of vanilla anything).
For a child’s basket, there would typically be some toys or other trinkets that will undoubtably last longer than the candy components. For this healthy basket, I chose to focus on “feel good” items for my husband. I want him to feel great about himself and the healthy choices he is making. So, for the remainder of my gift card, I bought a 99c set of combs, some deodorant and bodywash.
In the end, I decided that the basket did need a bunny of some kind. So I ended up with a dark chocolate Dove bunny. This isn’t as good a choice as the 72% chocolate bar, but it is festive and I thought it a worthy exemption.
But what Easter Basket would be complete without a beautiful card!? I made this pretty and printable set just for the occassion. Making them is super easy:
- Print out the Template.
- Cut out the cards and matching envelopes.
- Fold and tape or glue envelopes.
- Done! Aren’t they pretty? And a perfect addition to the Healthier Easter Basket!