So I suggest that we just ban the Easter bunny! Of course, I'm joking, but let's tame this cute, candy-toting creature for the sake of our children's moods, health and waistlines.
Because, let's face it, eating a bunch of candies and soft drinks -- what most kids do -- could turn your mild-mannered kids into "Sugar Brats." In other words, they could become moody, spaced out, confrontational, depressed, quarrelsome, hyperactive, rowdy, raging and tantrum throwing.
And that's not all. Over time, that typical American child, who consumes a lot of candies, cookies, cakes, chips, soda and other fast-acting, refined culprit carbs could become obese or overweight -- and develop blood sugar problems such as hypoglycemia, insulin resistance or even type 2 diabetes.
So this Easter -- the second biggest candy-eating holiday, falling just behind Halloween -- take positive action. Don't ply your kids with sweets to please them. Don't set in motion a sugar habit that could lead to hypoglycemia, insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. Just ditch the marshmallow treats. Dump the jelly beans. Say no to those chocolate bunnies. Instead, give your kids Easter fun by having them hunt for small, fun, non-edible treats, many of which you can place inside colorful, plastic eggs.
Here are 68 non-edible ideas, most of them low priced, to usher in Easter joy.
If you still want to put a little food into your children's Easter baskets, you can select healthy treats such as:
Parents, even if you're nervous about bumping those blood-sugar bouncing candies entirely from your kids' Easter baskets, then at least begin to introduce some non-edible alternatives this year. Then, you could phase out candies and bring on healthier, non-edible treats next year or the year afterwards.
Think about it: Don't you feel like a better parent -- one who's much more loving, caring and forward-thinking -- by arranging for a fun Easter time for your kids that won't trigger obesity and blood sugar problems such as hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes?
I'm willing to bet that planning for Easter will be a lot more fun than usual.
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