We’ve all been there – the kids have spent the afternoon at another child’s birthday party and have come home completely wired after stuffing themselves silly for the past few hours on chips, lollies and fizzy cordial. Making you cringe just thinking about it, right?
There are ways that you can minimise the amount of fatty and sugary foods at your child’s party, while still making sure that they have fun and it retains that “party” atmosphere.
Here are five ideas:
- Strike a balance between sugary foods and protein-rich foods like cheese, custard and yoghurt.
- Bring out good food first. Bring out water, fruit, sandwiches and other healthy foods first so that they won’t eat as much of the sugary foods later.
- Only offer water. Sugary cordials and juices aren’t necessary. Offer only water, but make it more interesting by using coloured cups and funky straws or spice it up with slices of lemon and lime.
- Lots of fruit. Chop up fruits and thread them onto wooden skewers to make bright, fun kebabs. Add a bowl of yoghurt or custard for dipping.
- Lolly bags. Instead of giving kids a bag chock full of sugary treats, add a few small treats and top up with balloons, pencils, stickers, stamps etc
You still want your child and their friends to have a blast – it is their birthday after all – so you don’t want to eliminate all of the traditional “party” food that kids (and let’s face it, the adults) love best. The idea is to try and strike more of a balance through offering more healthy alternatives as well.
Have you had any healthy party foods that were a hit at your child’s party (or at a party that you have been to?) – if so we’d love to hear all about them. Please share!