As a child, I always loved Easter. I loved the egg hunts and the Easter baskets, but most of all I loved being able to do these things with my family. As I grew up, I noticed that in stores Easter started seeming less about our risen Savior and more about gifts, prizes, and candy. I could walk down the grocery aisles and see shelf after shelf of sweet tarts and chocolate bunnies. These bunnies always seem so promising on the outside but are hollow inside, much like Easter is becoming to many families. This Easter I challenge you to step away from the candy and overconsumption, and instead focus on the real reason for the holiday Jesus' resurrection, and the blessings He has given you! Praise!
"It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory" Proverbs 25:27
There are so many ways to make Easter a healthy, fun day for your family!
- Having an Easter egg hunt? Fill the eggs with small toys like army men or bouncy balls, sea shells, stickers, temporary tattoos, secret notes, or any coins you may have lying around the house.
- Can't decide what to put in an Easter basket? Make a fun theme for each of your kids and fill the basket with items accordingly. If your child's spring break is after Easter, try a beach basket filled with toys for the sand and a towel. If your child loves making art, like my Lyla does, fill their basket with coloring books, markers, stickers, etc. If your child likes getting their hands dirty, include some flower pots and seeds in their basket. If you've got a sports fan on your hands, toss in a football and then get some practice in the backyard later.
- Need some cute snack ideas? Try the following recipes!
Add baby carrots to a small flowerpot full of hummus for a fresh snack. Serve with additional veggies or crackers.
Add sesame seed eyes and a carrot nose to hard-boiled eggs for a protein filled snack.
Slice sweet potatoes length wise, then use a bunny cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Toss in olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Bake for 15 minutes in a 415 degree oven.
Above all remember to give thanks to God for a wonderful day spent with family, friends, food, and love.
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" Corinthians 10:31