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Spring has officially started, and Easter will soon follow! Both symbolize a new start. What better opportunity is there to engage in some wholesome family fun, complete with green smoothies and a real picnic?

Ham, deviled eggs, and chocolate eggs and bunnies. They may all be Easter traditions for many, but resist the temptation to turn this spring holiday into another excuse to indulge in fat and sugar-rich junk foods. Spring and Easter, which greet us at the same time, both usher in new beginnings of sorts. Why not use this chance to reflect on your diet and lifestyle?

Deviled Eggs, Indeed?

Eggs have a bad reputation, because they are high in cholesterol. According to some, a person should not eat more than a single (large) egg a day. Others still say that you should only consume a total of three eggs a week. So, should you put deviled eggs on your Easter menu?

Before you write this traditional and very tasty dish off completely, remember that free range eggs produced by organic-fed chickens are a lot healthier than their conventional counterparts. These eggs contain more vitamin D and selenium, which are essential to good health. Egg yolk will also give you 13 important nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin E. Eggs may be high in fat, but they are still full of protein and have redeeming qualities as you can see from the nutrient list.

The moral of the story? If you are going to serve deviled eggs, don't discard the yolk and replace it with something like guacamole, no matter how tempting. Serve guacamole by itself, alongside a smaller quantity of deviled eggs. I've seen pictures of eggs shaped into little chicks that are very cute — you'd use a whole egg yolk for every half of a boiled egg. You can also serve various salads with your eggs, so your family and guests get plenty of healthy stuff.

The Healthiest Treats For Kids Are Not Food

Were you planning to fill your kids' Easter baskets with chocolates? Nobody will tell you that chocolate eggs don't make children (and grown-ups) happy, but there is a lot to be said for replacing most of the sweet treats with toys, crayons, and craft supplies.

Sure, a kid who was hoping for a bag full of sugar is going to be disappointed to start with. Yet, there is no denying that non-consumable gifts will give pleasure for longer — nor that giving children chocolate and other sweets every time there is a holiday will train them to want those very “foods” for every joyous occasion.

Younger kids might love a stuffed bunny, young elementary students might like some books or activity packs, and teens would probably enjoy a new outfit or gift vouchers. Of course, there is no harm in giving a small quantity of Easter eggs, especially if they're made from dark chocolate.

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