Easter baskets are the stuff of childhood memories, right? All those brightly colored jelly beans and the big, hollow chocolate bunnies. But who says we have to give up Easter baskets just because we're old enough to vote?
I say embrace the Easter basket - but a different kind of Easter basket. Peeps and the like are just empty sugar plus food coloring, after all. You might as well measure out a few cups of sugar and pour it down your throat.
But done right, a Badass-approved Easter basket can be a great gift for your friend or loved one, or even a personal treat to yourself. The Easter basket is a chance to give lots of little treats, and still stay on the path to a leaner, fitter Badass you.
To celebrate the weekend ahead, five Easter basket suggestions:
Adult-worthy chocolate: Not the cheap milk chocolate kind, which is mostly sugar anyway. Instead, splurge on the good dark stuff. Dark chocolate with 65% or higher cacao is higher in antioxidants and lower in sugar, and the flavor is so rich a smaller amount will satisfy.
Paper treats: Who doesn't appreciate a gift certificate to their favorite bicycle shop, healthy cafe or grocer, massage therapist or yoga studio? And the enjoyment will be a lot more lasting - and beneficial - than quickly inhaling a bunch of Peeps.
Sock hops and bunny britches: Well, not literally. But a great pair of cycling or running socks, new kicks for him or a pair of workout pants from her favorite athletic line will fold up pretty nicely into a basket.
Rabbit food: Skip the carrots and celery, because that would just be sort of odd - and lame. Instead, stock up on his favorite post-workout trail mix or energy bar. Fill a basket with the salt and pepper cashews she loves or her favorite flavors of Lara bars. Whatever. But make the basket all about the healthy treats your loved ones love.
Healthy baked goodness: If carrots and other rabbit eats are a must, why not go in the form of a healthy breakfast or dessert-for-breakfast treat like a carrot or zucchini bread? It will kick off Easter morning in the yummiest, no-guilt way! My fave is this zucchini-dark chocolate bread. Trust me, there is nothing green and grassy about this deliciousness!