Whether you celebrate the origins of Easter (like we do) or just enjoy the time with family and the lovely family traditions, Easter CAN be a gorge fest of chocolate, leading to over stimulated kiddos with sore bellies come the afternoon. There are some choices you can make however to make your easter LESS filled with junky ingredients and plastic crap you’ll never use again!
Let start with chocolate
There are better choices out there. Not only do you want to minimise the ingredients in what you’re eating (most add cheap sugar or high fructose corn syrup, preservatives for shelf stability, trans fats and colours etc), sustainability is important too. Cacao farming has switched from a respected art form, to a commonly unsustainable practice. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers in the production is also very common. Then there’s the palm oil use which involves the mass destruction of ecosystems.
So what should we do? Look for chocolate that has been Fairtrade certified or Rainforest Alliance certified and keep and eye out for chocolate with Certified Sustainable Palm Oil or are Palm oil free.
We can’t always control what the kiddos eat (grandparent LOVE to give treats!) so just remember it’s one day, don’t deprive your kiddos, but stay mindful. I love to grab some silicone moulds and melt down a high quality chocolate into cute bunny shapes and also focus on OTHER easter like activities like egg painting (more on that in a minute).
But first, here’s some egg options I love:
Forty Thieves: Their peanut butter filled Easter eggs are to die for!
Loving Earth: Dairy free, plant based, organic, sustainable, compostable packaged choc, made in a solar powered factory. Their eggs are NEXT LEVEL. I contacted them directly and their NZ distributor is Chantel Organics. They recommended to use this link to find a store near you and give them a call to ensure they had stock as they were unsure if all stores were stocking them.
Nourish and Thrive: Peanut Butter Eggs
Here’s some better chocolate choices:
Trade Aid: Home compostable packaging, organic, fair trade chocolate made in Christchurch.
Wellington Chocolate Factory, made in NZ, organic, ethically sourced and traded, some vegan
Bennetto: Organic, Fairtrade small scale cacao farm, vegan and gluten free.
Pico Chocolate, vegan, fair trade, organic
- I love to use bulk stores and refilleries, bring your own jar and fill them up! GoodFor or The Source Bulk Foods are both great. you can fill up your own jar with mini eggs, chocolate freeze dried strawberries or macadamias.
- Easter baskets are super cute for easter hunts, don’t buy new, go to your local op shop and find a cute one for $1 or repurpose something you already have!
Easter doesn’t have to be limited to chocolate! Here’s some gorgeous gifts, especially for those who are too young to be eating chocolate!
Low Tox Easter Gifting
Organic Cotton Bunny Print Body Suit from Nature Baby
Silicone Bunny teether from Little Whimsy (use code NOURISHEDFREESHIP for Free Shipping, ends 31st March)
Wooden rattle eggs from Little Gatherer (WELCOME for 10% off first order)
Organic Muslin Snuggle Bunny from Little Whimsy
For older Kids:
Bamboo Bunny Suction Plate from Cooper and Collection
Beautiful fair trade woollen bunny designed by Danish sisters Gry and Sif, each piece is intricately made by hand from 100% New Zealand wool under World Fair Trade Organisation practices in Nepal. From Floosie.
Glass Easter Egg (to pack with goodies) from Floosie
Organic Bunny Hooded Towel from Little Gatherer
Stainless Steel Bunny Drink Bottle from Little Gatherer
Thermos food jar from Little Gatherer
100% natural rubber bath toys from Little Gatherer
Activities and Traditions:
Wooden Painted egg set with natural dyes From Eco Warehouse
Natural egg dye for real eggs from Eco Warehouse
Your Wild Celebration Book other cool nature play ideas for Easter in this awesome book available from A Little Wild
Make your own Hot Cross Buns
- here’s a recipe I love: Traditional
- These are to die for if you’re a sourdough queen. Sourdough hot cross buns
- Not a baker, I adore these (GF and easy to make plant based) from Nourish and Thrive, I’ve tried them 3 x years running, never fail.
Honey Sticks non toxic crayons melted down into egg shapes or bunnies!
DIY your own Easter Eggs $3 Silicone Egg mould from the warehouse
Floral Easter Egg Kit from Little House NZ
Fair Play Easter Gift Set from Fair Play
Wooden Eggs in a Basket from Fair Play
Hope that gives you some more inspiration to get creative this year! Share this with someone who might be going to gift your kids with Cadbury Creme Eggs this year and make 2022 a more low tox Easter x