Party food for children
Children’s birthday parties are often flagged as a time of indulgence. There are cakes everywhere and the sugar and calorie content of most of the food could easily be classed as OUT OF CONTROL. Firstly I would say that this probably isn’t the best food to be feeding kids – not only from a nutritional value standpoint but also from the standpoint of bringing them up seeing sugar and treats as exciting and fun – not to mention the after effects of all those food colourings which can make your children very wired! Secondly all the mums at these parties do tuck into the food too so not so great for our waist lines, nutrition either. So what is the solution as do you want to be the mum who serves up carrots and dip for your little ones party and be seen as the worst party thrower of all time as there was no cake or fairy bread at your party?
Luckily – there are healthy, fun and tasty foods you can make that will make your child’s party a success and keep everyone (mums and kids) at the party happy and not even realising they are eating healthy food. Here are some great ideas for you to make at your next party:
- Mini hamburgers – mix up your own mince (blend/mash up lean chicken/beef/salmon or tuna) then get a long block of Turkish bread and fill it with the cooked mince, lettuce and tomato sauce then chop into little squares and skewer with a cocktail stick
- Mini pizza – using mini wholemeal pita bread top with tomato paste, low fat cheese and lots of veggies
- Potato wedges – cook sweet potato wedges and serve with tomato sauce
- Kebab skewers – thread lamb, beef, chicken, fish and vegetables onto skewers and serve with dipping sauces
- Nachos and kidney beans tacos made with baked tortillas
- Low fat dips and salsa serves with rice crackers, toasted flat bread and raw veggies
- Fruit skewers – thread fruit shapes and melon balls on skewers – or place on a tooth pick. Serve with flavoured and low fat yoghurt
- Carob coated strawberries, carob coated apples, carob chip oatmeal cookies – if you start introducing your children to carob when they are young they will get used to it and prefer it over chocolate
- Apricot sesame seed bars
- Healthy muffins – try baking blueberry( or add any fruit you like) wholemeal muffins – mix 240g of wholemeal flour, 1 tbsp of baking powder, 1 egg, 1/2 a cup of honey, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 cup low fat milk, 1tsp vanilla essence then at the end fold in 1-2 cups of blueberries and some almond and spoon mixture into baking tray holes and bake for 30 mins on 180C
- Honey popcorn – Put unpopped corn in a large pan and pour over heated honey (1/3 cup) and pop away
- Birthday cake – use the muffin mixture recipe as an alternative cake mixture and cook in a cake tin – cook for an extra 10 minutes until golden brown
- Vanilla coconut icing - Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of low fat milk and 1 vanilla bean (scrape out vanilla seeds and mix in the milk), then mix in 1 tbsp of tapioca flour and half a cup of desiccated coconut and heat for 5 minutes in a saucepan. Then stir in 2 tsp of honey and wait for icing to cool then when cooled spread on the muffins for a yummy, coconut icing.
- Instead of serving creamy ice creams which are high in fat, sugar and colours try serving fruit and yoghurt ice block
- Watermelon ice block(cut thick slices of watermelon into rectangles, place a paddle pop stick down the centre of each and freeze until ready to serve)
- Carob coated bananas
It is important to get our children into good eating habits and by encouraging them in helping to prepare these foods they can see how much fun it is to make healthy foods and they will really want to eat them. Plus of course they are all really good for you too when you are doing your Lose Baby Weight plans and will ensure that you too can tuck in guilt free!!