It's that time of year again when the Easter Bunny makes his rounds. We partake in the fun festivities as a family. Easter is a time for us to spend with our immediate and extended families, as is for all holidays.We usually focus on food when we get together with everyone. It is how we celebrate, and as long as we all eat in moderation, I don't find any problem with doing so. I do have an issue moderating any potato type dish ;) It's my weak spot.
We place carrots out for the Easter Bunny and the kids anxiously await his arrival, baring chocolates and small gifts.
Last year we even had a visit from one of the Easter Bunny's 'helpers' :)
As with all occasions, lunches are focused around the event or holiday surrounding, and Easter is no different. This Yummy Bunny Lunch was a sandwich, cut with a bunny and carrot cookie cutter. I added the carrot stem and bunny eye with Food Markers. Also, Yogurt and strawberries, Goldfish, Craisins and sunflower seeds, pretzels, a nectarine and Apple Juice. Typically I do not send juice with lunch because I want to amp up the calcium intake with milk. Our rule here is that, the milk must be drank at school if you want to have warm milk before bed. AND you have to consistently drink milk if you want to have juice for lunch from time to time. This goes for fruit as well. If the 'treat' (in this case pretzels) are consumed and the fruit is not, they have to earn back the treat (ie. Cookies, gummie snack, Easter egg) by eating their treat free lunch over the following week. We do not disallow foods in our house, we just focus on healthy eating and treats in moderation. It is our job as parents to teach our children healthy eating habits now, just as we teach them so many other important things. I remember when I was young, my mom never had Joe Louise's and Twinkies and all those treats in the house. I swore that when I got older I would live off them because we never had them. Truth is, they don't taste the same anymore like they did when someone would trade you lunches or you went to a friends house that had them. Nor do I have any desire to eat them. I take A LOT of my cues about parenthood from my parents, my mother and father raised three successful children, so when it comes to parenting, they must have done something right?
So speaking of treats, I got the idea for these cute Cupcake Chicks from the Betty Crocker website found here. The kidlets got to put the 'feathers', 'eye' and 'beaks' on. We used coconut for the feathers, chocolate chips for the eyes and orange gumdrops for the beaks. I did find that I had to use quiet a lot of yellow food colouring to get the yellow I wanted, something like 10 drops. That sums up our Easter Yummy Bunny Lunch, Happy Easter to all who celebrate!!
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