But first I have a confession to make...I am completely NUTz about what my daughter eats. She has had some weird weight issues since she was 3 months old. She was VERY little her first year of life (less than the 5th percentile). She weaned herself from nursing at 11 months and the doctor requested we put her on formula until she was 15 months. During that time frame she went from the 5th percentile to the 75 percentile. She isn't FAT or OVERWEIGHT, but she is a bit bigger than she should be for her height. We went through a big ordeal with the doctor about 3 months ago where we had to keep a food log of her everyday diet. The doctor looked at it and I quote, "Wow, she wouldn't have a better diet if June Cleaver where her mother." We want our daughter to be getting as much nutrition from her food as she needs, and we don't want her filling up on the things she doesn't need to grow the right way.
That's not to say that she has NEVER had a treat. But the poor little thing has only had chocolate twice in her 21 month old life (once without my permission). Her first processed sugary treat was literally her birthday cake. She cried when we took it away!
I do this because I want to give her the best start I can. I want her to have a healthy relationship with food because it is delicious and nutritious, not because it is covered in sugar to make it taste awesome.
Enough rant, this brings me to my dilemma. Holidays and events are difficult to buy for.
Every Easter basket and plastic egg is usually filled with m&ms or peanut butter eggs. What do you do if you don't feed your child jelly beans?
Well here is what I am doing this year.
Some of the eggs won't be eggs. I found these Capri Suns that are 100% juice. So I wrapped a ribbon around for a fun find!
I also have put several small toys in her eggs. I love these little stuffed animals. She has a few horses already, but she will love these additions.
For the treats I used a technique I have seen all over the blogworld. You take two pieces of wax paper and sew it together (leaving a filling hole), fill it with goodies and then finish sewing it up! Super easy. Not only does it keep the snacks from getting wet from dew or popping out in the grass, but because they are sewn together I can monitor how fast Little Lotte is snacking on her snacks.
They fit nicely in the regular sized plastic eggs.
The various treats I have sewn up are...
Annie's Bunnies (like goldfish crackers only organic and bunny shaped :)
Annie's Bunnies Fruit Snacks
Gerber Melt Aways
Raisins (I bought mini boxes and they will fit into large eggs)
This is just some of her haul!
So there are my healthier Easter goody ideas for you. Sorry such a long post!
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