Kids birthday parties are renowned for being full of sugary snacks and unhealthy foods. Sure, it’s their special day; a little more unhealthy food than normal can’t do any harm. However, it also doesn’t hurt to swap out the sugary foods for some healthier alternatives. Here are 15 healthy (or well, healthier) party snacks for kids.
1. Chocolate Covered Bananas
Place a stick through the centre of a halved and peeled banana, roll them in chocolate and place in the freezer for a healthy dessert. Top the bananas with dried fruit and crushed nuts as another healthy and creative element.
Melted chocolate over almost any fruit is a delicious snack. Try swapping regular milk chocolate with dark chocolate for a healthier option.
2. Vegemite ropes
Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and cut them into equal strips. Spread Vegemite over them (and cheese, if you wish), and roll them up like a rope. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees, and you have deliciously crispy Vegemite ropes.
Say what now? Yes, watermelon donuts – simply slice the watermelon into donut shapes and cover it in a dairy-free “icing” made of coconut cream. It’s healthy, it’s different, and sure to be interesting.
While they’re often loaded in sugar, muffins can be made in a variety of ways that are healthy. Why not try some raspberry matcha muffins, banana and coconut teff muffins or a savoury option, such as spinach, feta and basil muffins?
Smoothies can be made amazingly colourful depending on what you put in them. Plus, they are delicious, refreshing, and can be very healthy.
6. Fruit Kebabs
If it’s colourful and on a stick, it’s bound to be appetising. Peel and cut up several fruits and place them on a stick, pair them with a yummy dip or melted chocolate and you have the perfect party snack.
7. Fruit Popsicles
Blend up a variety of tropical fruits and place them in icey pop moulds, pop them into the freezer and you’ve got a delicious cold treat. This one is sure to be a hit, especially with pool parties on hot days.
Can you ever really go wrong with a platter? Arrange some cut up vegetables like carrot, celery and cucumber into small sticks and place into cups with hummus for a healthy snack. You can also add in nuts, sliced deli meats and sliced fruit.
9. Healthy Pita Pizzas
Even pizza can be healthy when done the right way! Swap the usual bases for pita bread and spread with tomato paste. Top with a variety of vegetables and skip the cheese for the perfect savoury snack. Additionally, you can turn this into a fun party activity by letting your little guests top their own pizzas with chosen healthy toppings.
Mini quiches are always a crowd favourite, and can be pretty healthy when you add a variety of vegetables such as peas, corn, carrot, mushroom and capsicum.
Buy organic popping corn and pop it yourself for a healthier alternative to store-bought popcorn. Rather than topping it with a load of butter and sugar, add a sprinkle of salt or mix together your own “taco” seasoning (paprika and cumin).
12. Chocolate Crackles
An Aussie party staple! Try using organic rice puffs, desiccated coconut, raw cacao and coconut sugar to make a healthier version of a crowd favourite.
Who doesn’t like pancakes? You can make them healthier by making them out of banana, rolled oats and eggs. Let the kids top them homemade jam or nut butter and they’re sure to be a hit.
14. Chia Pudding
Even pudding can be made healthier. Chia seeds are very healthy and their texture becomes gelatinous when liquid is added. You can add all sorts of things to a little pot of chia seeds to turn it into a pudding, such as chocolate milk, vanilla essence or something fruity.
15. Ants on a log
A classic snack that little ones are sure to love. Simply get a piece of celery, spread peanut butter over the hollow part, and top with raisins or other dried fruit.