A healthier alternative for Easter baskets

By WEEK Producer

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM CDT

An Easter basket without candy sounds like an April fool's joke, but more and more parents are looking for ways to switch the easter treats with healthier "eats."

A dietician at the Cleveland Clinic suggests dark chocolate containing 70 percent or more cacao.

The ingredient has been shown to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Also, an Easter egg hunt with hard boiled eggs.

They set the kids back about 70 calories per egg.

Plus, they're full of omega-3 fatty acids.

If you do use the plastic eggs try filling them with dried or dehydrated fruit instead of candy.

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