Easter in Truckee is so much fun when you have little kids at home!! The weekend always started out with the Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District Easter Egg Hunt at the Truckee River Regional Park. As a former employee of the TDRPD, my two kids and I, always helped out with the event, whether it was filling the eggs with treats, hiding them at the park, or in the case of my son Ryan, riding along on the Fire Truck with the Easter Bunny one year!
The "Easter Hat Contest" was always fun, and something my daughter Brie, always participated in. The picture is of Brie, dressed as a Pink Easter rabbit one year. Believe it or not, the Pink "Hat" she was wearing was actually one of my grandmother's "shower hats" to keep her hair dry.
Easter is a holiday that is associated with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was crucified on the Friday before (Good Friday), and arose from the dead and ascended into heaven on Easter Sunday.
If you are visiting Truckee over Easter, there are many great Truckee Churches that you can try.
The Easter Egg is a symbol of fertility, rebirth and resurrection. The tradition of decorating eggs dates back to 2,500 years ago when ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration on the Spring equinox.
The egg is widely used as a symbol of springtime and the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out.
Easter Cake made by my niece Amanda Smith
This section was written by my sister, Kerry Bacon, who is a Dietician, and has a Healthy Diet Habits website.
Easter Meals, especially with all the added sugar from all the Easter candy, can be transformed with some meal planning and a few Healthy Diet Habits, and healthier food substitutions to make for some new Easter Meal traditions!
The focus of many a holiday is the family meal? We have our generational menu that has been passed down through the ages. Healthy or not, our kids cannot make it without the famous Jell-O salad with the vanilla ice cream, or the starchy carbohydrate array!
Easter is no exception! Most of us will be making ham, potatoes, corn, bread or rolls, Jell-o, and maybe a token green salad or green veggie, and pie. I am dining with my wonderful friend’s family. That is our meal plan, the traditional Easter meal! My friend asked me to bring a green salad, because in her words, "You guys like green stuff." Too funny!
Should we just accept this traditional meal, or look for some ways to make some changes? Well? My choice is always: "Follow the half plate rule when possible." How would that look for the Easter meal? How about this menu plan:
This would be a great meal, enjoyed by all. It’s similar to our traditional Easter meal, but half of our plate would be full of veggies! Yeah! Usually melons would be our dessert of choice, but because this is a special holiday, we will add in the dessert. I guarantee that you would be satisfied, and even feel better than the heavier filling meal.
Let’s think outside of the box with our meals. Changes do not mean doing without, just adding some new tasty, healthier foods! Change tastes better!
Just a note too:
If the research is correct that sugar is tied to insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and cancer, it might be a great idea to limit sugar in your kids’ Easter baskets! Substitute in some healthy foods or treats that are not food, like a trip to the zoo or aquarium! Let’s make some new traditions that are not centered on sugar! We have been played long enough by the sugar industry!