These fun, alternative Easter ideas are for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol. My own kids started B.E.D. when they were 2 and 7, so I’ve had years to perfect the holidays; Easter is by far the easiest.
Food is often central on Easter Sunday, especially sugar and man-made colors. Going without this stuff can be easy (or not) depending how old your kids are and what everyone’s used to. My 11 year old attends Waldorf school and is cocooned from mainstream society, whereas his older brother (age 17) is in the public high school and surrounded by conventional, everyday foods. My youngest is far easier to please, yet both have eaten differently then most kids their age, so are pretty open to whatever I cook.
Celebrating Easter with B.E.D. doesn’t equal boring. Far from it! Just takes creativity and thinking ahead. I hope that the list below makes your holiday more fun. A non-traditional Easter means changing how you did things before you started B.E.D. or how you celebrated as a kid. It means making your own traditions to pass along to your own kids.
None of the ideas below contain gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy. Most of the food treats are good for Stage 1, while others are best for an occasional treat. If you have an autistic child, check out this dad’s Easter guide.
- Fill plastic eggs with trinkets, stickers, balloons, treats, coins, and folded dollar bills.
- Buy small Lego set, divide pieces into plastic eggs, and mark the plastic egg with a name or # so the hunters know which pieces will complete the set.
- Make these beautiful embroidery floss Easter eggs.
- Wrap balls of play dough in wax paper and tie with an Easter cookie cutter in the bow.
- Silly Putty eggs will add some excitement to the hunt.
- Plan a backyard scavenger hunt and strategically hide eggs with clues and actions they must complete to reach the end. Instead of hiding treats in plastic eggs, hide a clue to lead your hunters to the next egg. At end of hunt, hide a larger gift (kite, outdoor toy, board game, even a puppy – just kidding!).
- Put a bottle of bubbles in their basket.
- A new coloring book and box of crayons is fun for little kids.
- Wrap up some of the above food treats and put in basket or as a filler for plastic eggs.
- Oriental Trading Company has lots of tiny toys and trinkets (I love the piggie erasers!).
- Deviled egg hatchling chicks turn boring deviled eggs into adorable hatching chicks🐥
- Turn buckwheat pancakes into flowers, lambs, butterflies with these cookie cutters.
- Shape stevia chocolates in silicone molds to make bunnies and lollipops.
- Dye eggs naturally without man-made colors.
- Toasty coconut truffles
- Cinnamon kisses … little loves of butter.
- Carrot cupcakes made in fun Easter baking cups, make small muffins for small hands.
- Here’s a fun breakfast with eggs in red pepper rounds recipe (just omit the cheese).
- Roll-out coconut cookies or almond cookies cut into lambs, flowers, and bunny shapes.
- Bright orange carrots in green lima bean hummus in flower pots (photo).
- Make a tray of almond hearts.
- Sunflower seed cocoa truffles are pretty packaged in little boxes from the party store.
Have fun and hop to it to make this Easter a B.E.D-friendly one 🐰
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May all bellies be happy!