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HOW TO THROW A HEALTHY KIDS' BIRTHDAY PARTY!

 

The classic kids’ party can be a bit of a minefield if you’re a parent hoping to have some kind of control over your child’s intake of nutrient-free food! And while no parent wants to serve brown bread and water on their child’s special day, it is possible to strike a balance between wholesome nutritious food and fun-filled party treats. But look, we’re not gonna lie - making healthy food look good is the key to success here - so factor in some precious prep-time to make sure those nutrient-rich foods look their delicious best!

And remember - the key to keeping kids' sugar intake to a minimum is by filling them up with good food before unleashing them on the desserts table!

STARTERS

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  • Fill bowls with freshly popped, lightly salted popcorn
  • Chop up some veggies - fresh carrots and cucumbers, capsicums and cherry tomatoes. Add some pretzel sticks and a few simple dips like hummus or cream cheese
  • Throw on some mini pickles, nuts (if you are sure there are no allergies) and sliced hard-boiled eggs

THE MAINS

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  • Sandwich roll-ups - create pinwheel sandwiches using wholemeal pita filled with cheese and vegemite, avocado spread or tomato and cheese
  • Corn-on-the-cob (cut into thirds)
  • Homemade mini pizzas topped with tomato sauce and cheese
  • Zucchini fritters (see resources below for details)

DRINKS

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  • Make a signature ‘birthday smoothie’ with your child’s favourite fruits
  • Make your own juice if you have a juicer
  • Add some sparkle with soda water if ‘fizzy’ drinks are a must have
  • Make ice-cubes filled with fruit or edible flowers to pop in drinks

DESSERT

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  • Fruit kebabs - use a mellon-baller or cookie cutters to make great shapes and stack them on skewers
  • Choc dipped bananas and strawberries
  • DIY ice cream cake  - check out our resources below for a healthy take on making your own delicious cake!

RESOURCES

Jamie Oliver’s party tips: https://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/healthy-party-food-for-kids/

Eating Well party food tips:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22963/healthy-kids/birthday-party/slideshow/healthy-kids-birthday-party-food-ideas/?recipeId=259417

Zucchini Fritters:

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/zucchini-and-potato-fritters-78

Ice Cream recipes:

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/desserts-and-baking/yummo-healthy-homemade-ice-cream-recipes?image=1