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Forget about candy, here are some ‘healthier’ ways to celebrate Easter at home

Mary Ellen Phipps, registered dietitian and author of The Easy Diabetes Cookbook, shares healthier Easter basket options for kids, that are still fun without all the sugary treats. And she’s cooking up a flavorful Easter lunch of Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Corn on the Cob and Grilled Romaine.
Mary Ellen Phipps, registered dietitian and author of The Easy Diabetes Cookbook, shares healthier Easter basket options for kids, that are still fun without all the sugary treats. And she’s cooking up a flavorful Easter lunch of Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Corn on the Cob and Grilled Romaine.

HOUSTONMary Ellen Phipps, registered dietitian and author of The Easy Diabetes Cookbook, shares healthier Easter basket options for kids, that are still fun without all the sugary treats.

To get started she uses a mix of fun, healthy snacks - like low sugar breakfast cereals, granola bars, fun oatmeal cups, protein bars, crackers and plantain chips.

Mary Ellen Phipps, a registered dietitian, shares some tips to have a "healthier" Easter at home. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

She also adds non-candy gifts - like fun soaps, lip balm, hair brush, bath bombs, loofas and miniature hand sanitizers.

And she’s cooking up a flavorful Easter lunch of Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Corn on the Cob and Grilled Romaine.

Mary Ellen Phipps, a registered dietitian, shares some tips to have a "healthier" Easter at home. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

“Lamb is also quite nutritious… A 3oz serving of American Lamb is an excellent source of protein, zinc, selenium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. And also has 3g of heart healthy monounsaturated fat,” she said.

Make sure to ask your local butcher or wherever you buy your meat if they’re stocking American lamb.

For the marinade, Mary Ellen uses a blend of garlic, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, avocado oil, salt and pepper and water. She let’s them sit for 30 minutes to an hour and then grills them on a hot grill for 5-6 minutes on each side to get those nice beautiful grill marks. And that’s it!

She’s also grilling up her veggies right along side the lamb chops at the same time!

For grilled romaine, all you have to do is brush the cut side of some romaine head halves (She just uses the leftover marinade from the lamb chops) and cooks them cut side down for about 5 minutes on the grill.

For the full recipes, click here.


About the Author:

Heather Kansteiner is a supervising producer for Houston Life. She has been part of the team since the show launched in 2016. She loves all things Houston and enjoys sharing what makes the city a great place to live, work and play.