Easter is coming….better hop to it! Recipes and Ideas for a healthy Easter
How fast is this year going? I guess I have had my head stuck in baby fog…breastfeeding, baby cuddles, nappies, sleep – or lack of!! It’s been a lovely 6 weeks and I can’t believe how much she is growing already.I have been seeing Easter ideas in my newsfeed now for weeks so thought I’d better get onto it for you. This is my first in a couple of Easter blog posts. This one deals with the main event – CHOCOLATE! Here are a couple of recipes for you to create raw, dairy free chocolate at home, as well as some links to great store bought options – especially those requiring allergy friendly options for kids!
Let’s start with the basics. My raw chocolate recipe. I’ve had some great feedback about this which is awesome! You can change what you add to it so you always have different ‘flavours’ – and if you get yourself some Easter moulds (see below for moulds from Happy Tummies), then you have some easily made, healthy Easter treats in the freezer!
Now, you can use that raw chocolate recipe and get more creative – how about some Choc Caramel Bites?
Don’t forget – Nutra Organics has a wonderful range of whole food ingredients in their Wholefood Pantry range that has your chocolate making covered ! Coconut oil, Cacao powder, as well as brown rice syrup and coconut. Check them out here.
Happy Tummies, an online store specialising in food that’s natural, organic or allergy friendly, has a range of Easter Eggs to suit everyone – but you need to be quick as they always sell out way before Easter! ‘Moo free’ Easter eggs are organic, wheat and gluten free, egg free and dairy free.
Happy Tummies stock Plamil Organic Dairy Free eggs, as well as the Sweet William range.
They also have awesome chocolate moulds if you want to try making your own chocolate! Click here to go to Happy Tummies.
Biome Eco Stores also have a great range of treats for Easter, but again, get in quick! They stock the popular Banjo bear (caffeine free) – my son’s favourite! The Fair trade organic in both dark and milk chocolate is also a popular choice.
They have cute little present ideas for babies’ first Easter such as these adorable 100% certified organic cotton rattles. You can find them here.
Now if you are after store bought Easter eggs, (as let’s face it…you can’t use homemade chocolates for Easter egg hunts!) I urge you, like with everything else, to please read your labels! Compare the two below.
The Plain Chocolate eggs have far fewer harmful ingredients than the Humpty Dumpty chocolates on the right. The Humpty Dumpty Candy coated confectionery are an absolute shocker!!! Just focusing on three of the colours:
124 is banned in the USA, food in the EU must carry a health warning, can cause asthma, hyperactivity, is a suspected carcinogen, behavioural problems and is derived from petroleum.
133 is a suspected carcinogen, asthma, gastrointestinal symptoms, may cause hyperactivity, hayfever, skin ailments and is also derived from petroleum.
102 causes aggressive behaviour, behavioural problems, difficulty concentrating, headaches, insomnia, depression, asthma, hayfever, learning difficulties, skin ailments and can effect the musculoskeletal system.
Steer clear of Humpty Dumpty!!
Go for plain chocolate, the fewer ingredients, the better. Keep your eyes tuned on my Facebook page for more of a look into store bought eggs.
Stay tuned for another blog post closer to Easter on lots of great recipes to help ensure you have a healthy Easter! 🙂
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