I was walking down the Easter section of a store yesterday and was amazed at how differently I now look at all the stuff (the junk "food" and candy, questionable safety cheap plastic toys) on that aisle to supposedly commemorate one of the most sacred holidays in Christianity versus how I viewed it 2 years ago. If Jesus was standing beside me on that aisle, would I still think giving a basket of junk food, cheap toys and fake candy to my kids is a good idea to honor Him because it tastes good and they want it?
Religion aside, healthy foods makes healthy kids. Gifts should make you feel good not be filled with guilt (I ate the whole thing? "Why are those kids running around like they are crazy or something?"). I must admit, I too find it hard to resist the pretty pre-wrapped gifts that make my busy life easy. But I WANT to teach my children a lesson about how precious they are to me MORE. They are so precious that I will only give them the highest quality products I can afford. Yes, afford. So I have this list of 20 Great AFFORDABLE non-perishable Easter/Lunchbox treats you can use to show the children (and adults) in your life how precious they are to you by giving a Guilt-Free Gift.
HEALTHY TREATS: Try these for edible, affordable all natural foods with no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners and no hydrogenated or interesterified fats. Some are even gluten-free. They are all super yummy! They are also YAA= Yummy, Available, Affordable. Stores where you can purchase are listed for where you can find them in central NC from lowest priced to highest.
Enjoy. PLEASE share with others and show how precious they are to you!
20 Non-perishable, Guilt-free Lunchbox/Easter basket ideas for kids (and the rest of us)
1. purified or spring water, 6 pk $1 Dollar Tree
2. 8oz. 100% fruit juice boxes $1-3 Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, Harris Teeter
3. Earth's Best 2% organic milk singles, 3/pk $2.64 Target, Babies R Us
4. Horizon Organic milk singles, 3pk (1%, chocolate, & strawberry) $3-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Food Lion
5. Silk Soy milk singles, 3pk (vanilla & chocolate) $2.50-$3 Wal-Mart, Target
6. Honest Kids thirst quencher drinks 8/pk $3-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Big Lots, Food Lion
7. CapriSun 100% fruit juice drink pouches 10/pk $3-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Big Lots, Food Lion
8. Stretch Island Fruit Flats, strawberry or grape 8/pk $2.56-3.50 Wal-Mart, Kroger
9. Clif Kids Organic Twisted fruit, 6/pk $3-4 Wal-Mart, Kroger, Whole Foods
10. Kashi TLC cereal bars 8/pk $3-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, CVS, Lowe's Foods, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods. See coupons.com for $1 off 1 coupon
11. Kashi TLC trail mix bars 8/pk $2.75-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, CVS,Lowe's Foods, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods See coupons.com for $1 off 1 coupon
12. Nature's Path Envirokidz Toaster pastries (GLUTEN FREE) 3 2pks (6/box total) $2 Wal-Mart SuperCenter , $3-4 Food Lion, Kroger, Whole Foods
13. Quaker Simple Harvest or Nature's Valley granola bars 8/pk $3-4 Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, CVS, Lowe's Foods, Harris Teeter, Kroger
14. FruitaBu Fruit Twirls 6/pk (strawberry, apple) $3-5 Target, Kroger, Harris Teeter
15. Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies 6/pk $3-4 Target, Kroger, Whole Foods
16. Back To Nature Honey Graham Sticks, 6/pk $3-4 Kroger, Whole Foods
17. Chi-Chi’s salsa 6/pk, mild or medium $2.50-4 Kroger, SuperTarget
18. Stash honey straws, natural clover 20/pk $4 Super Target, Kroger
19. Stash agave nectar straws 20/pk $4 Super Target, Kroger [agave nectar is a great low glycemic natural sweetener]
20. Polar brand fruits (in glass jars) Peaches, Fuji apples or strawberries in light syrup or fruit juice in a cute reusable glass jar. $1 CVS, Dollar General, Target, Wal-Mart
Amazon.com super deals less than $15 and $20! (Plus free supersaver shipping!)
- Yummy Earth organic lollipops, mixed. Made with fruit juice and too good for words.
- Madhava honey sticks, 48 8 packs or 2 100 count bulk containers
- 3/pk Bible themed card games
- 100 page Bible theme activity booklet
- 12/pk or 2/pk glow light sticks
- 6/pk bubbles ( in wedding/party aisle)
- Vegetable or sunflower seeds [Kids LOVE watching things grow]
- 8/pk Disney themed mechanical pencils
- kid-size garden tools
- grow kits (flowers, strawberries or herbs in a little pot with seeds and soil)