5 tips for building a healthier Easter basket

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While Halloween still reigns supreme in candy consumption, Easter ranks as the second most sugar-laden occasion of the year for Americans.

According to the National Retail Foundation, nine in 10 (90.5%) of us will stock up on candy for the holiday, spending an average of $20.66 on jelly beans, chocolate and more.

The folks at DegreeSearch even created this interesting infographic, which¬†doesn’t sugarcoat our less-than-healthy habits during this pastel-themed holiday.

Check out these startling stats:

  • Americans buy more than 120 million pounds of candy for Easter (enough to max out 4,615 dump trucks!)
  • 16 BILLION jelly beans are made for Easter every year
  • More than four million peeps marshmallow chicks and bunnies are made per day for Easter
  • Chocolate bunnies are one of the most popular chocolates made, with 90 million made just for Easter every year
  • 76 percent of Americans believe chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first

If you’re indulging but still trying to keep weight management in mind, consider making a few small changes to keep your family from going into sugar shock this year:

  1. Forgo some sweets in favor of other treats, such as toys, books or small tech accessories
  2. Refrain from buying in bulk; it’ll save you from breaking into your favorites and skimming off the top
  3. Feed kids breakfast before breaking out baskets or hitting the local Easter egg hunt (that goes for parents, too)
  4. Partition booty from the Bunny into three piles immediately: Enjoy now, freeze for later, give away
  5. Finally, forget deprivation; DO partake in moderation, whether it’s a big-eared bunny, puffy peeps or those seriously addictive Cadbury Mini Eggs (my personal¬†favorite!)