Do It Yourself: 10 Fun and Healthy Snacks for a Kid's Birthday Party, Lifestyle News

Do It Yourself: 10 Fun and Healthy Snacks for a Kid’s Birthday Party, Lifestyle News

It’s every child’s dream and usually every mom’s nightmare – Birthday Party Buffet Assortment.

Aside from the birthday cake itself, most parties contain candy, cupcakes, chips, juices and sugary drinks, pizza, and a lot of other processed junk that you would normally want to avoid feeding your child.

And everyone knows that you can’t really ask a kid to eat healthy food at a birthday party. So you end up with kids high on sugar and empty calories, with a very short fuse at the end of the day.

But don’t worry: You can whip up some healthy finger foods to keep everyone happy and avoid the dreaded sugar rush, too. Best of all, most of these are easy to put together at home.

1. Fruit sticks

Like a fruit kebab, but with an interestingly cut piece of fruit (star, heart, fish) on top.

Decorate your skewer with a rainbow of fruit pieces made from kiwi, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, or banana, and finish with a star-shaped cutout on top to make your stick look extra magical. And because they’re so easy to make at home yourself, you have complete control over which fruit you want to serve.

2. Popcorn cones

What better way to serve popcorn than ice cream cones!

Different flavors and different colors of popcorn make this healthy protein treat irresistible. Again, this homemade snack is a great option compared to store-bought popcorn, and can be made well in advance of the big day.

3. Apple slices dipped in chocolate

Yes, these treats are still a bit naughty, but very healthy at the same time. Simply slice the apple into eighths, place it on a kebab skewer, dip in melted chocolate and garnish with nuts, sprinkles, or shredded coconut.

4. Vegetable sticks and dips

Even the most die-hard veggie-hater will find it hard to resist these fiber-packed little sticks.

Simply chop up cucumber sticks, carrots, celery, and red bell peppers and serve with some bright cherry tomatoes for a full pop of color.

The most popular dips for kids include a variety of simple yogurt, guacamole, hummus, and even pesto. Even if they don’t want dips, kids will likely run around with at least one vegetable stick in their hands.

5. Finger sandwiches

It is very easy to prepare in advance.

A little whole-grain brown bread, a few slices of cheese, and a sweet treat instead of butter, and you’ve got delicious little cheese sandwiches on your hands.

Mix and match whatever filling you like – ham, egg salad, cucumber, tomato, tuna, peanut butter and jam or Nutella – anything works.

6. Pizza

We’re not talking about the kind that overflows with the lipid layer.

We mean simple homemade pizza made with whole wheat flour. And since you chose the toppings, you can make them as healthy as you like without compromising on deliciousness.

7. Potato Wedges

Mix and match regular potatoes with sweet potato wedges—the latter is packed with more nutrients (and color) than its pale potato cousin, and will brighten your dish.

Again, easy to make ahead of time, these super healthy wedges are baked to perfection, sprinkled with a little sea salt.

8. Pasta salad

It’s easy to make nutritious wholegrain pasta with crunchy vegetables, sausage and cubes of cheese in a light vinaigrette. Fresh, healthy, and delicious (just be sure to leave out the mayonnaise)!

9. Chicken nuggets

Homemade and baked instead of fried, with crushed cornflakes as a coating for added crunch. Use lots of herbs and BBQ sauce to add more flavor to your minced chicken strips. Bake ahead!

10. Watermelon popsicle sticks

A really cute, cheap and easy idea – just cut a watermelon and stick on popsicle sticks for a fun and healthy party food idea. It is so exhilarating and irresistible.

Also read: Brain-boosting foods to add to your child’s diet

this is Article It was first published in Wonderwall. sg.

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