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.
With peaches and raspberries this is a really tasty treat! You can also scoop and serve it on ice cream or serve it with pavlova. Find peach melba 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.
Healthy fish fingers
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 fingers recipe
Healthy vegetable and chicken 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 our sausage roll recipe.
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 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.
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- Cook the family friendly way
- The facts about good and bad oils
- Get the most out of your exercise
- Diet friendly frozen desserts
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- Food shopping for weight loss
- Manage family snack attacks
- Easy meal ideas when you don't want to cook
- 52 weeks of health and happiness
- 4 budge foods worth cooking from scratch
- Healthy smoothie ideas
- Add flavour (not fat) to your meals
This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.