When Easter arrives this Sunday, it’s time to toss the Cadbury eggs, Peeps, jelly beans, and hollow chocolate bunnies. The pastel-colored wrapping of a typical Easter basket can’t hide all the refined sugar and artificial coloring of the usual unhealthy holiday treats. Why not toss together some nourishing goodies and gifts this year instead? These items from the Integrative Nutrition community are perfect alternatives to the standard Easter fare, giving the lucky recipient of your basket a reason to indulge without feeling guilty!
Gnosis: Raw cacoa, superfoods, low glycemic sweeteners, and nutrient-dense fruits, nuts, and medicinal herbs make up the functional chocolate from Gnosis, created by Vanessa Barg. Get festive this weekend with the Golden Chocolate Eggs and Vitality Truffles from the Spring Collection!
Nibmor: Delicious organic chocolate containing no refined sugar, dairy, gluten or GMOs, created by Jennifer Love and Healther Kenzie. Sprinkle a few Nibmor bars throughout your basket, or create a custom case with your favorite flavors!
Laughing Giraffe: Organic snacks and treats made by Justin Baumgartner, from real unprocessed, nutritious ingredients. The Laughing Giraffe Vanilla Almond or Banana Coconut Snakaroons are great choices for your healthy basket.
Sweet Freedom Bakery: Sweeten up your Easter menu with some healthy goodies from Sweet Freedom Bakery, owned by grads Allison Lubert and Heather Esposito. The Carrot Cupcakes or Coconut Clusters will make yummy additions to your stash!
Pure Bliss Eats: Nicole Culver offers healthy treats from natural ingredients that boost energy and provide nutrients. Add a bag of the Goji Berry Cacao Granola to your basket with some fresh fruit and dark organic chocolate.
Looking to whip up some homemade creations? Give these recipes a try, throw in a pastel ribbon, and add them to your Easter basket:
A jar of homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter, from Brittany Mullins’ blog Eating Bird Food.
A basket of Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Rachel Johnson’s blog whole figured.
A stack of Raw Cashew Cookies from Abby Hughes’ blog fig & fork.
Who said your baskets have to be edible? Consider these items for a creative twist on Easter offerings:
Cush Cosmetics: I’d take a Vanilla Bubble Bath Bomb over a Marshmallow Peep any day, and I doubt I’m alone on that. Give the leading lady in your life a product from Cush, created by Toni Hall Parker, for a natural, sustainable gift.
Garden in the Koop: With the arrival of spring, gardening season is in full bloom, so a kit from GITK makes for a perfect Easter surprise. Laura Baldwin offers a full line of organic gardening kits that come complete with everything you’ll need for your gardening – seeds, planting medium, planters and step-by-step instructions.
Naturally colored eggs: Go ahead and put all your eggs in one basket, so long as you’re using this method for natural egg coloring from Clea Shannon.
Books: For the bookworm of your bunch, the ideal basket is probably sprinkled with a few good reads instead of Whoppers Robin Eggs. Some titles topping our reading list right now are The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman, The Lean by Kathy Freston, and No Happy Cows by John Robbins. Check out our graduate products page for a whole list of great books from our alumni!
We wish you a healthy and happy Spring holiday season!