Healthy party food ideas for kids
A healthy kid's party doesn't mean handing out carrot and celery sticks. Read on for yummy recipes for kids - no fizzy drink or lollies required!
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If you're watching what you eat, you've surely noticed that most 'children's food' isn't as nutritious as they advertise. But kids love and deserve birthday celebrations. Parties are a great opportunity to celebrate with food - and not the time to start handing out carrot and celery sticks.
So which treats can you serve or take along to a party? To get you started, here are some recipes that will delight young party goers, appeal to accompanying adults and constitute healthy eating:
Cakes and sweet treats are a favourite at children's parties and no birthday is complete without one. Instead of a store bought double choc mud cake, whip up one of our dessert recipes which taste just as good - but better for young and old party goers.
Flower fairy cakes
Bright coloured cupcakes are a hit at kid's parties. They're compact, easy to give out and no plates required. Best of all they are small in size, rather than a large slab of cake - and you know exactly what's gone in them. Find flower fairy cakes recipe.
It's messy fun making lamingtons and just as messy fun eating them! This recipe is a good one to get your kids helping in the kitchen. If you're feeling adventurous, you can colour the coconut to pink or blue with a little food colouring for extra fun. Find a lamington recipe.
Pavlova with yoghurt and fruit
Pavlova scores full points for presentation! The meringue is sweet, soft and crunchy and the layered is fruit bright and colourful. Pavlova is lower in fat, though still high in sugar, but it's much lighter than dense cake so the kids can keep playing and burn off the extra energy. Find a pavlova with yoghurt and fruit recipe.
Peach ice cream
With fresh peaches, pineapple juice and low-fat yoghurt, this fruity ice cream will taste a treat! You can also scoop and serve in an ice cream cone or serve it with pavlova. Find peach ice cream recipe
Upside down cake
The fruit adds moistness and natural sweetness without the cream or icing sugar. It's also a blessing for mum's who can't get fussy feeders to eat fruit. Find an Upside down cake recipe.
When it comes to lunch, kids don't need to sit down to a big meal like adults do. They're too busy playing and running around for a 3 course extravaganza. Offer a number of different healthy mini dishes so kids can graze and go.
These baked chips from flat bread are healthier than regular corn chips which are full of additives, colourings and flavours. You can serve them with hommus or cheesy dips. These will popular with the adults, too. Find a baked chips recipe.
Fish finger rolls
You can make two versions of this recipe. For the adults, serve with the capers and yoghurt, but for the kids - simply omit the fancy filling and serve plain or with tomato sauce. Find a Fish finger rolls recipe
Mini sausage rolls
Sausage rolls are usually a not-so-smart option for those making healthier choices, but our recipe requires baking instead of deep frying. Even better, these can be made the day before and stored in the fridge overnight, ready to be reheated before serving. Find a Mini sausage roll recipe.
Paprika chicken strips
If you want to take the spiciness of this kid's favourite down a notch - simply add a few drops of sweet chilli sauce to the mixture instead of a full tablespoon of chilli sauce. These yummy strips will be gone in a flash! Find a Paprika chicken strips recipe.
Pizza with sausage
What's a kid's party without pizza? The goods news is you can have this party staple without the excess fat. Instead of packing on cheese or having one delivered, you can make your own healthy, tasty version with a mixture of colourful toppings. Find a Pizza with sausage recipe.
This content was written by Emma Lindsay for Weight Watchers and Kidspot.