Hosting a kids’ birthday party is a great opportunity to encourage healthy eating in a fun environment. If you’re like many parents who are concerned about sugar-related health and behavioral issues, you might choose to cut out the soft drinks and sugary birthday treats. Here are some healthy and delicious snack ideas for your upcoming kids’ birthday party:
“Magic Wand” Fruit Kabobs
This snack offers a perfect way to encourage kids to enjoy eating fruit. First, cut bite-sized pieces of strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes, and pineapple. Next, load up kabob sticks with the fruit pieces. Use cookie cutters to cut out star-shaped watermelon pieces for the top of each “magic wand.” Serve with vanilla yogurt dip.
Veggies and Dips
A great way to encourage kids to eat their vegetables is to provide a colorful selection of delicious dips and sauces, such as hummus, artichoke dip, eggplant spread, or guacamole. Arrange cut pieces of celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and snow peas in giant smiley faces or hearts on trays, and watch the kids go wild for vegetables!
Instead of cake, why not make muffins? Muffins make it easy to sneak in healthier ingredients, like shredded carrots, zucchini, or sweet potato. Muffins can be sweetened with honey instead of sugar, and recipes are easily amended to include nutritious ingredients such as walnuts, flax seed, coconut flakes, or raisins.
Who doesn’t love popcorn? Combine snack time with arts-and-crafts by providing theater-style paper bags for children to decorate and then fill with homemade popcorn. The list of popcorn toppings is endless, so be sure to provide lots of options. Popcorn can be topped with salt and pepper, cinnamon, parmesan cheese, butter, or brewer’s yeast.
At BounceU, we offer a wide range of birthday party services. Our awesome staff handles all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy the fun with your birthday star. Call us at (516) 986-4518 for more details about our children’s birthday party packages in Farmingdale.