If you’re like me, once you learn how additives and preservatives can affect your children’s health, it’s hard to turn a blind eye and keep consuming products containing them. But this doesn’t mean celebratory events like Easter, birthdays and Christmas need be boring and tasteless. Here’s how you can have an additive and preservative free Easter that you’re kids will love.
Hot Cross Buns
- Homemade Hot Cross Buns – here’s my recipe take on Hot Cross Buns.
- Sonia from Natural New Age mum has done all the hard work here – check out her great post with 9 Healthy Hot Cross Buns.
- Michelle Bridges also has a good recipe, although I would substitute out the golden syrup for rice malt syrup
- The Healthy Chef has this one too.
- Homemade chocolate Easter eggs by Sam Wood, powered by IQS
- The Merrymaker Sisters do a great sugar free chocolate too
- If you like a fair amount of coconut, this double decker chocolate bar by Alexx Stuart of Low Tox Life is yummy.
- For something the kids can help with, you can make some Dark Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Eggs. I would use the I Quit Sugar Dark Chocolate Recipe here instead of buying store bought chocolate, and I would buy puffed rice and toast it, instead of buying rice crispy cereals.
- These Healthy Creme Eggs from Chocolate Covered Katie look great.
- Of course, if you simply want to buy better chocolate you can do that too. My choices are Alter Eco Range (I think you can now get this from Coles too), Lindt 85% or 90% Dark Chocolate, Green and Black range and Organic Times (some Target & IGA stores stock this or try your health food store).
Other Cute Food Ideas
- Why not try making some Homemade Marshmallow Chicks from The Nourishing Gourmet. These looks simple and cute.
- A fruit platter is always a winner. Try this Bunny Head Fresh Fruit Platter from Worth Pinning
- Use my super simple pikelet recipe to create cute bunny tail pancakes
If you’re after some inspiration for Good Friday, you may like to try one of these recipes from Georgia at Well Nourished. In fact, they are great recipes if you just want to get more fish into your family’s diet.
Easter Craft & Easter Hunt Ideas
- DIY Ready is a great site. Check out their easter craft ideas, and their 12 inventive Easter Egg Hunts
- Make these cute brown paper bunny bags instead of buying little baskets and the like
- Kids love puzzles and mazes so why not head over to DLTK to print out some to keep the kids occupied.
- Tinyme also have free printable cards/tags for Easter gifts. Not a craft for kids to do but perhaps to add to a present they have already made or bought.
Go forth and conquer this easter, additive and preservative free. Be sure to share how you go.