11 Smart and Healthy Eats for Your Child's Birthday Party

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Published Aug 9, 2016

With the growing obesity pandemic ravaging society, we as parents owe it to our children to play our part in weaning them off sugar, and in some cases not to introduce them to it in the first place. One good way to begin this is to rather offer them healthy snacks at their birthday parties.

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Children often do not know what is and what is not good for them. Anything that tastes good and sweet is often the only thing they want. They are kids, they do not need to know everything about being healthy and eating right. But we as adults know better don't we? We know that very sweet things are not good for one’s health. To kids when you say birthday party the one thing that automatically pops into their head are all the treats (read: sweet things) that they are going to consume on that day, as well as all the birthday presents they are going to receive, and they cannot wait for that day to come. Now it is all up to you as the parent to balance their diet without spoiling their fun day.

 

Below is a list of 11 healthy alternatives to sugar filled treats that do nothing but give your kids a sugar rush, and gets them on a downward spiral addiction to sugar that they may live with all their lives. A situation that we observe today in the amount of overweight children all over the world.2

 

Instant Apple Crisp

Apples are very healthy for kids, but you know kids get bored easily by healthy foods, but I promise you this Instant Apple Crisp with vitamin C and fiber that comes from apples, you just sprinkle fresh blueberries and mix with low-fat vanilla yogurt there is no way they can resist this.

 

Pear Pinwheels

This are rich in fiber, pears come in a long list of variety giving you more options. Serve up equally nutritious canned pears with a small bowl of low-fat cottage cheese or pack a juicy whole pear. For a fun snack, this Pear Pinwheels are a perfect pick with three different ingredients.

 

Ham and Cheese Crepes

Nothing has changed here that good old taste of ham is still there, it is advisable to get the low fat ham it is healthier kids need proteins and this is the dish. Take this with cheese or just slice of ham alone, make mini crust less ham sandwiches, or try Ham and Cheese Crepes with diced ham, malty cheese, and tomatoes baked inside. Kids will surely like this.

 

Super Snack Dip

Raisins, not only they taste good but they are also packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamins. No matter how picky your children are, this is a super yummy raisin snack they will have them coming back for more and more. They will enjoy dipping and swirl apple wedges or carrot sticks for a healthy and delicious scoop of creamy covered raisins. This is without a doubt the whole goodness of health in disguise.

 

Polka-Dot Waffle Sticks

Trying to get those little guys to eat peanut butter and jelly can be a struggle but you can blame the, it is a boring experience but  there is something with the same goodness, for a kick of iron try whole grain waffles and vitamins B6, B12, and A. With reduced fat on cheese and a fruit jelly are a refreshing change for snack time.

 

Oatmeal Cookies 21 of 24

Kids and cookies I do not know what is the business between those two, but whatever that is must be controlled. Do not waste your money on high-sugar, high-fat varieties from the store, bake your own cookies that are low-fat Oatmeal Cookies and give you kids cookies and milk without feeling the guilt of making them sick. And with this snack you can take advantage of by putting raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, or nuts to boost the nutritional value and taste.

 

Fruity Salsa

This is a perfect blend of tomatoes, cantaloupe, apples, and a hint of lime. When you want to reduce the heat on this snack, use just one seeded jalapeno or none at all. Packed with lycopene from the tomato, vitamins A and C from the melon, and fiber from the apple, this healthy and delicious snack is a big winner and kids will just go crazy on it.

 

Nutty Popcorn and Fruit Mix

Just throw in a healthy combinations of nuts, pretzels, whole grain cereal, banana chips, and popcorn for a handy, portable delicious snack. Nuts have everything that kids need and more minerals such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. Try our kid-friendly Nutty Popcorn and Fruit Mix, or you can be creative and come up with you own blend there are no rules just healthy stuff for kids.

 

Veggie Penne

Carbohydrates those are exactly what a kid need on their early stages, and Pasta is a good source of those. Select some in many different shapes and store them in a fridge. When it is time for a snack, just go to your microwave a half-cup serving tossed with veggies or cooked chicken and jarred tomato sauce. Those are very easy protein- and fiber-rich penne has four ingredients and this can be done in just 20 minutes. Just a quickly healthy snack time that will not kill a party mood.

 

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet spuds are very nutritious. They have vitamin A and are good sources of B6, C, and folate. These simple, delicious chips, so instead of buying greasy ones at the store that are not healthy and expensive. And kids will enjoy them because of their sweetness.

 

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Anything can mix with a calcium-rich cheese quesadilla, it is all about what do you have in mind at that time. Chopped vegetables, leftover cooked chicken, or even shrimp. Try the Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, they are easy to make and kids love it, it is a power snack they will not say no to.  Never forget to buy a chunky veggie salsa, with the folate in the corn, the lycopene in the tomatoes, and the fiber in the beans, this snack is very nutritious and good for kids.

 

Well we have come to the bottom of our list, and the bottom line remains that when it comes to the health of the children we should not take chances. Yes kids are picky and difficult to convince when it comes to eating healthy foods, but we can always come up with a plan to hide those veggies or most wanted nutrients somewhere in those sweet ones they love so much, save them.

Of course when you ensure that the birthday celebrant is showered with several amazing birthday gifts, then pretty much any food treats you serve at the party will be received with gratitude, for they are already hyped up and excited by the gifts they have received. Which is why it is sometimes a good idea to hint at what birthday gift ideas you might want your guests to bring along as a present for your child. 


Written by Kanayo okwuraiwe

Kanayo is an entrepreneur, founder of 2.5 startups, brother, friend, son, chess lover, and more, who is finally trying to do what a friend told him a long time ago to do. i.e to "just write. cos you have a gift". (I hope that friend will now be pleased.)

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