Healthy Easter brunch ideas, cleaner candies + basket stuffers

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, and while this post is about healthy Easter brunch ideas, if we do make it there, I’m going to run around and hug everyone before quickly diving into my nana’s egg casserole.

Healthy Easter brunch ideas

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. 

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!

Healthy Easter Brunch Ideas

Sweet potato fiesta casserole

Fiesta Egg Casserole

Healthy egg salad

Avocado chicken salad

Deviled eggs

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

Green chile egg casserole

Crumble in a jar

Summer sangria

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas


-Sidewalk chalk

-A swimsuit 

-Flip flops

-Little board books

-Coloring books + crayons


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)

Easter basket

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

Easter basket for adults


Butter London nailpolish

Sunglasses from Francesca’s 

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


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).



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  1. Erin on April 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    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™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      ohhh i’ll fix it. thank you!

      • April on April 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

        I just clicked on it and it worked, OMG was from 2009 – now i am caught up reading your posts from back then:)

  2. Sue on April 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    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. Chrissy @Pinkpolishandrunningshoes on April 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    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. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    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. Jackie on April 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Love the basket ideas!

  7. Ali on April 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    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. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    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. Pua on April 16, 2014 at 3:25 am

    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. Runner Girl Eats on April 16, 2014 at 6:17 am

    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. Courtney Bentley on April 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

    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. Livi on April 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

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

  13. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on April 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

    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. Cristal on April 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    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. Jenn on April 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

    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. Anne on April 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Love the Easter basket ideas!! So cute.

    Thank you for including my deviled eggs! πŸ™‚

  17. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    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. Tracy on April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    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. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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

  20. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on April 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    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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