Sarah Coleman: Easter tips |

Sarah Coleman: Easter tips

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table as Explore's health and fitness contributor.
Joel Reichenberger

— A tisket a tasket, let’s make a healthier basket.

Candy, chocolate and bunny ears, oh my! How about a version that doesn’t go to that thigh!

Here are a few examples of how to make your Easter basket healthy and fun for all ages. Remember spring is a time for renewal and growth. It’s also perfect timing to start new and improved healthy patterns, jump-start fitness routines or celebrate healthy Easter cheer.

Need an idea or two? Sign up for a 5K or add seven minutes of burpees into your weekly routine.

Need some new crafty creative ideas for the over-indulgent Easter basket?

For the book lover, ditch the basket and use old newspaper to wrap up a local bookstore gift certificate. Add a pocket dictionary and some healthy green tea. For a sweet and funny touch, don’t forget the Nerds.

For the wine lover, use a picnic basket to hold all your goodies. Include a fantastic bottle of wine and an entertaining wine opener. Don’t forget the sweet stuff; give your vino-loving friend a small piece of dark chocolate.

For the dog, try a new dog bowl filled to the brim with tennis balls. Add in a treat like a dental chew or doggy breath mints.

For the kids, use a hat or new pair of socks as the basket. Fill with your own homemade trail mix full of nuts and dried fruit. Need a little something sweet? Try coconut flakes for something new.

For the friendly neighbor, grab a fun bottle of olive oil and a great vinegar. Super fun ideas for entree toppings or dressings to also try are mushrooms and sage, blood orange or Sicilian lemon. For a gag gift, add earplugs.

For your lover, just get bacon. That’s all anyone really needs. OK, you can add some other items to go with the bacon like, well, more bacon. It’s very Paleo!

For everyone else, pick something they love and create a themed basket. If you run out of ideas, the best gift you can give is the gift of health and fitness. Think gift certificate to their favorite gym or studio topped off with a new water bottle or a groovy headband. Headbands are the coolest.

Don’t forget to make some deviled eggs, healthy and delicious. What else are you going to do with all those hard-boiled eggs left over from the hunt? Try curry scallion or bacon horseradish.

Olive oil, tennis balls and bacon oh yes. Now I can totally fit into that dress.

Happy spring and happy celebrating! Happy basket making and happy hunting! Happy giving and happy healthy Easter!

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in beautiful Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude.

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