Like many people, after we attended Easter service, my brothers and I would hunt throughout our house for an Easter basket, busting at the seams with chocolate bunnies, Cardbury Cream Eggs and Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. I would even devour those foam eggs (a la Circus Peanuts!).

Unfortunately, it's hard for any kid to resist eating the entire basket in a 24 hour period! My stomach hurt, but that didn't stop me. Now that I have a daughter, I won't deny her some sweet treats, but I am going to try to hold off on all the junk while I can influence what she eats.

There are some healthier ways to put together a fun Easter Basket--not loaded with a days worth of calories and fat.

I HAVE to include chocolate for my 17 month old daughter--something she has never tasted before!

I plan on buying a small amount of goodquality chocolate or maybe even a chocolate covered strawberry or two.

Of course dark chocolate is best for your body, but because I usually buy enough to fit in my hand, I slip in a few seasalt sprinkled almond milk chocolates-WHOAAA!

City Street Sweets in Hyde Park has some amazing, freshly made selections.

Other Easter items I will include are:

-A small amount of freshly made chocolates includingdark chocolate, milk and chocolate covered fruit

-Graham cracker bunnies or cheese crackers

-Stuffed bunny (she loves to hug bunnies!)

-Yogurt covered raisins

-An Easter book

-Plastic shaker eggs she can shake to music

-Green apple (her favorite)

-Ball or game to get her moving

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What are some of your healthier treats you like to give young kids?

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