Kids love birthday celebrations, and parties are a great opportunity to celebrate with amazing food. Party food for kids can be colourful, exciting, and healthy, but sadly kids’ parties have become synonymous with sugary foods that are loaded with saturated fats. However, these great ideas will help you avoid the junk, and make kids’ parties healthier, more special, colourful, and fun – all with minimum fuss.
Keep it simple
To make sure your party isn’t full of kids avoiding the food and getting grumpy, stick to foods with well-loved ingredients and flavours. Think bananas, strawberries, apples, cucumbers, tomato, carrots, sweetcorn, avocado, maybe some peppers, and other straightforward veggies and fruits that you know your kids will eat
These lovely lollies are easy to make, quick, and inexpensive.
They also give you the chance to get really creative, using lots of different fruits or juices to create your own combination of goodness that the kids will love!
There is no need to spend money on expensive trendy ice lollie moulds, either; you can easily use some old yoghurt pots – they work a charm!
Make food more fun with natural colours
Dye foods with natural colours – think juiced beetroot, spinach and oranges, or blend up fruits with other great colour-boosting choices like blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple and kiwis. Whether you are dyeing an icing, smoothie, or cake filling, you will be surprised how beautiful natural tints come out!
Get creative with how you market your healthy fare to the kids.
A “Shrek” juice or “Princess Elsa” blueberry smoothie will always sound more enticing than just “healthy juice”. You can even set up your juicer/blender on a table and make them to order – just like in a juice bar!
These are so straightforward, and so exciting for kids. Just melt chocolate in a bain-marie (use dark chocolate to keep the sugar levels down), dunk in a peeled banana, and then roll in chopped nuts (dried fruits and seeds are also winners) and cool on greaseproof paper.
Fruit kebab sticks are another favorite for kids, UAE can get really hot so a perfect selection of tasty, cool and colorful fruits cut in different shapes and put ready on sticks can go very quickly 😉
Make your own alternatives to fizzy drinks
When you have a houseful of excitable kids to think about, avoiding sugary drinks is super important. As an alternative, try juicing up lots of fruits and veg in big batches, whizz up your own homemade lemonade, or jazzing up water with fruits, herbs, or even edible flowers.
Making your own smoothies and fizzy drinks reduces a great amount of sugar just in itself but if you decide you don’t want to use sugar in your lemonades there are other great alternatives such as agave syrup, honey or maple syrup.
Hide the good stuff
Healthy dips in different colours and flavours. Sweet or savoury dips are a great way to incorporate “the good stuff” into kids’ tummies. Classics like hummus, butter bean, avocado and tomato salsa are all great options.
You can also forget the processed sandwich fillings and go with real cheeses, tomato, and hummus. Peanut butter flavoured with cacao, vanilla, caramelised banana or the classic marmalade are all also healthier options than the ones brimming with saturated fats.
If you have kids with allergies coming make sure you label things that might contain allergens like nuts, dairy, etc – you can even make cute labels that you place next to such food items.
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