Healthy Recipes For Your Kids Birthday Party
By Space Coast Daily // December 23, 2019
Kids love birthday parties and why wouldn’t they? They’re fun, exciting, and, more importantly, they’re filled with colorful and delicious food.
But, unfortunately, kids’ parties are typically associated with sugary foods that are packed with saturated fats, which are likely to increase the risk of health and dental problems.
As a parent, preparing a spread that’s both healthy and delicious without taking the fun out of the party can be challenging. But don’t worry, we’re here to the rescue! With the recipes below, you’ll have no trouble at all serving mouthwatering, healthy food at your kids’ next birthday party.
PB and J Sandwiches
Peanut butter is full of protein, a key component of a healthy diet. Although many kinds of peanut butter contain too much-added sugars, salt, and fats, peanut butter still makes for a healthy snack, especially if you opt for an organic brand.
Jelly, on the other hand, isn’t really a healthy option because it normally contains high amounts of artificial sugar. However, homemade can be a considerably healthier, yet equally tasty alternative.
Personally, I really like Corrie Cooks and their take on the homemade strawberry jam recipe. Not only does it have no artificial preservatives or added color, but that the fact that it’s cooked using an instant pot makes it almost 10 times faster to make than the traditional recipe.
For the instant pot strawberry jam, you only need lemon juice, water, cornstarch, granulated sugar, and of course, strawberries. To make your PB and J sandwiches even more child-friendly, you can use your cookie cutter to cut the bread into fun little shapes.
Homemade Ice Pops
What kid wouldn’t love a cold refreshing ice pop on their birthday? For the homemade ice pops, you’ll need to mix honey and natural yogurt or juice with strawberries or any other fruit your child prefers and then pour the mix into your ice pop molds, put a stick in each one, and leave your freezer to do the rest.
Not only are they easy and inexpensive to make, but they also give you the chance to get creative. By using any kind of fruits and juices you want, you can create your own combination of refreshing, ice-cold goodness that the kids will go crazy for. Plus, if you want to save money on expensive ice pop molds, you can use old yogurt containers, they work like a charm.
Sparkling Pink Lemonade
When you have a houseful of kids running around, you’re definitely going to need refreshments, but you’ll also want to avoid giving sugary drinks to already hyperactive kids. Instead of the sugar-packed fizzy drinks, you can make your own, healthy alternatives.
For this refreshing, sweet-sour drink, you’ll need lemon juice, pureed strawberries, simple syrup (one part water and one part sugar), and unflavored sparkling water.
If you want to add an extra touch and make the drinks fancier for the adults, you can top it up with fresh mint leaves or frozen berries. And if you don’t want to use sugar in your lemonades, agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey can be good alternatives.
Cream-Free, Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream
For a sweet and satisfying dessert with absolutely no added sugar, simply mix frozen bananas with peanut butter using your food processor.
Blend the bananas with the peanut butter until they’re mostly smooth and serve immediately. The creamy texture and mildly sweet flavor of the bananas along with the sweet-salty peanut butter makes a perfectly balanced ice-cream substitute. For an exotic twist, sprinkle a dash of grated coconut on top.
No one can turn down a donut, not anyone that I know at least, so why not get creative with fruit and make watermelons the star of your kids’ birthday party by dressing it up like a doughnut?
This recipe relies on icing, sprinkles, and watermelons to add a fun and healthy twist to traditional doughnuts. Now, I know what you might be thinking; icing is packed with butter, sugar, and even more sugar so how is this recipe a healthy one?
Well, for watermelon doughnuts we’re using coconut cream whipped with a teaspoon of vanilla and that’s it. No added sugar at all. Don’t forget your round cookie cutter and your mini circle cutter, you’ll need them to cut the watermelon into doughnut-shaped circles.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Making oven-baked fries out of sweet potatoes really enhances its inherent sweetness. For this high-fiber, low-sugar recipe, you’ll need sweet potatoes, a dab of canola oil, a pinch of salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
As for the cooking part, all you have to do is cut the sweet potatoes into little wedges, spray a baking tray with canola oil, sprinkle sweet potatoes with salt and cayenne pepper, toss them in the oven, and voila! In about 20 mins, your hot, sweet snack is ready to be devoured.
Honey-Peanut Butter Popcorn
Everybody loves popcorn. This healthy recipe combines the crunch of popcorn, the saltiness of peanut butter, and the sweetness of honey for a highly-addictive treat that’ll satisfy the cravings of both the kids and adults alike.
For this sweet-salty snack, you’ll need sugar, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. After bringing the ingredients to a boil, pour them on your popcorn and watch your kids fall in love with soft, chewy, and crunchy bowl of happiness. If you want to sneak in an extra treat for the kids, you can drizzle a few, low-sugar melted chocolate chips on top.
Kids’ birthday parties are typically associated with sugar overload, but the don’t have to be. As a parent, you might have found it nearly impossible to create a spread that’s healthy, delicious, and appetizing, but with the recipes above, this balance is no longer out of reach.
Even if you couldn’t avoid sweets and treats entirely, with these recipes, you can still manage to squeeze in some healthy finger foods and snacks here and there to limit the amount of sugar-packed foods the kids consume and curb that sugar rush without them even noticing.
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