Healthy Easter Baskets

Healthy Easter Baskets


Traditionally, in many households, parents load up Easter baskets with cookies, candy, and chocolate containing too much sugar, fat and calories. As a Weight Liberator, Clinical Psychologist and recipient of these baskets in the past, I had to post about alternatives.  This is pure sabotage and torture for the person on a diet to lose weight or if on a health related diet. Instead of the cheap artificial goodies bombarding you in the stores, put healthy non-perishable food and other things in there. While with a client, who inspired this blog, we came up with a list of foods she likes, snacks, protein bars etc as well as other things. One thing I loved is when my mom would put a few dollars in plastic eggs. That was fun, and so much better than Hershey’s kisses. Recycle the eggs or save them for next year.


You can also use small, affordable things such as: candles, gift certificates to grocery stores, department stores, spa treatments…Get creative. This can be budget friendly. Use a smaller basket if money is tight, or fill it up with organic soups and beans or whatever healthy, diet friendly foods the recipient likes to eat. Use dollar bills or loose change instead of that annoying and messy grass. Or buy a piece of clothing the recipient will really like as filler.  Buy a CD, DVD or book to make it look more full and expensive. Mix it up between necessities such as gas cards, paper towels and groceries and fun things like movie tickets or a bottle of wine (for adults, yes some older children still get baskets). In Florida, we have hurricane season approaching, and batteries are expensive.  Think about the person you are making the basket for, what they use daily and what they like.  If they don’t like clutter, keep it simple.  If they are eco-conscious, make it eco-friendly.  Ask the recipient what he or she likes and give it to them.  Do not put candy in there because it brings back good memories. Instead focus on creating new and healthy memories that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Now that is a Happy Easter.  Instead of an Easter candy basket think gift basket of health.


Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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