Healthy Easter brunch ideas, cleaner candies + basket stuffers

Hi πŸ™‚ How’s your day going? It’s hard to believe that Easter is already this weekend! We still haven’t decided if we’re going to make the drive to Tucson for the holiday, but if we do, I’m going to run around and hug everyone before quickly diving into my nana’s egg casserole.

Healthy easter

Easter is always an exciting time, not only for the spiritual reasons associated with the holiday, but it’s also a welcomed indication that spring is on the way. Easter means that before I know it, we’ll be enjoying pool days, grilling on the patio, and late nights on the balcony with a margarita in hand. (Ok, let’s be real, we do that in winter, too.)

When I was younger, our Easter bunny had a tradition of leaving us with summer gear in our basest: a new swimsuit and flip flops, a DVD, and lots of candy and chocolate. The chocolate oranges were always my favorite.Β 

Since the time is upon us, I thought I’d share some of my favorite real food options for brunch this weekend and some fun basket stuffers!

Brunch ideas:

Sweet potato fiesta casserole

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Healthy egg salad

Avocado chicken salad

Deviled eggs

The best baked chickenΒ (<– I use half the butter and it’s still delightful)

Green chile egg casserole

Crumble in a jar

Summer sangria

Toddler Easter basket stuffers:

-Bubbles

-Sidewalk chalk

-A swimsuitΒ 

-Flip flops

-Little board books

-Coloring books + crayons

-Stickers

Favorite cleaner candies:

-OCHO bars

-Yummy Earth brand candies

-Justin’s peanut butter cups

-Surf Sweets jellybeans (<– our current potty training bribe)

-Something homemade (this week I made some of these Almond Joy bars, and they are INSANE)

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If you’re making an Easter basket for a fitness-loving partner or friend, you could through in some Shot Bloks, energy gels or protein powder in there, too.

A cute touch: use half an egg carton in your basket and fill with little goodies

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Extras:

Butter London nailpolish

Sunglasses from Francesca’sΒ 

A coffee mug or cute glass (I love these nesting doll ones)

Lipgloss/chapstick

A little worry doll or beaded bracelet from World Market

Are you cooking this weekend? What are you making?

See ya in the morning with a new plyo workout (+ beginner modifications).

xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. Hey, Gina! Just so you know, the link for the green chile egg casserole is broken. Just the name of it sounds amazing though. Wanted to give you a heads up. πŸ™‚

  2. Mmmm I love those Justins dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Those are all great Easter basket ideas, including the 1/2 egg carton holder!

  3. I love the idea of using half an egg carton in the easter basket. How cute!

  4. We are traveling this weekend so no cooking for me. I’m actually trying to get through all the food i have in my house right now πŸ™‚

  5. I had a Justin’s pb cup for the first time recently (I’ve never seen them in Canada, so I bought one while visiting the US) — oh man, they’re sooooo good! It’s probably for the best that I can’t buy them all the time πŸ™‚

  6. Love the basket ideas!

  7. I don’t have kids, but I love putting together baskets for my niece and nephew. I’m making Hello Kitty and ninja turtle eggs for them this year, along with some fun new designs on the wonderloom that they asked me for. I love spoiling them!

  8. No cooking here. I just returned from seeing my parents for two weeks. I think I’m going to treat myself this weekend to something fun!

  9. I love these basket ideas! Do you have any ideas for an Easter basket for the hubby? πŸ™‚ I’m at a lost at what to get him… as for cooking, we have no idea yet! Probably a nice, cold noodle dish since we’ll be out at the beach. Have a great one!

  10. Great ideas! We always got a bathing suit too. I love mixing baskets with a few non candy treats but it isn’t Easter without a few peanut butter eggs πŸ˜‰

  11. Love these ideas πŸ™‚ I never thought to add protein powder to an easter basket but you are so right, that is the perfect treat ! Lots of Love and a Happy Easter to you and your family xo C

  12. Those little easter baskets are too cute!! Love them!

  13. I’m so excited Easter is almost here! It signifies the start of Spring for me too. I made an Easter basket for Josh this year. I’m really excited to surprise him with it. πŸ˜€

  14. I couldn’t help but notice the ginger chews b/c it’s a staple in my newly pregnant diet right now…Are you giving that basket to someone expecting?!?!

  15. Those Surf Sweet jelly beans are awesome! I had to go back to WF and buy another bag yesterday because the first one disappeared before I had a chance to make my kids’ baskets. OOPS! My kids’ baskets have those jelly beans inside some plastic eggs, a peanut butter cup and some Annie’s bunny grahams, but we usually stick to more non-food stuff since they’re so little. They’d rather have toys anyways!

  16. Love the Easter basket ideas!! So cute.

    Thank you for including my deviled eggs! πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks for the cute ideas! Love the candy suggestions. I’ve wanted to try the Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups for a while now.

  18. Thanks for all the fun Easter basket ideas! As my kids get a little older I’ve been trying to think of some fun add-ins other than all the good stuff πŸ˜‰

    Good luck deciding where to celebrate. I’m sure it’s not easy to resist your Nana’s egg casserole! Not to mention more time with your family πŸ™‚

  19. Adorable basket! And thanks for the links–I am going to have to try that Fiesta Egg Casserole!

  20. Cute ideas! I just picked up some healthier gummy bunnies from Trader Joe’s today. I still have to buy the rest of my kids’ Easter goodies, though. I love your swimsuit idea and I think I’m going to steal it. πŸ™‚

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