Try healthier, but fun, options to fill Easter baskets

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Don't shoot the messenger, but if you're trying to promote healthy eating, Easter baskets don't have to be filled with candy and chocolate bunnies. (WPVI)

Don't shoot the messenger, but if you're trying to promote healthy eating, Easter baskets don't have to be filled with candy and chocolate bunnies.

Registered dietitian Lindsay Malone has some ideas.

For older kids, she says you can give scratch-off lottery tickets, gift cards or small games.

Younger kids will like bouncy balls, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and removable tattoos. The idea isn't to eliminate all sweets, but shift the focus off food. Or at least give some healthier options.

You can also add fruit and nuts, and when it comes to chocolate, "Dark chocolate is always the first thing that comes to my mind and when looking for a good dark chocolate you want something that's 60 percent cocoa solids or greater," Malone says.
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