Healthy Birthday Party Ideas For Kids
Healthy Birthday Party Ideas For Kids
As parents of little kids we become very emotional regarding our kids birthdays. I am sure you’ve heard many other parents (with older kids) say how precious these moments are, because before you know it your son or daughter will be off to college. I think no parent will ever wish anything less than the best for their child, but have you ever considered the quality of food we serve on kids’ birthdays?
I think no parent will ever wish anything less than the best for their child, but have you ever considered the quality of food we serve on kids’ birthdays?
Think about it, when you plan for your son/daughter’s birthday food – cake, cupcakes, colourful candy and fruit juices would most likely be on the top of the list. Right?
Now you might be thinking, ‘oh well we celebrate his/her birthday only once a year, surely it is OK to bend the rules once a year!’
The reality is that our kids eat too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good food!
Let’s stop and analyze this a little. If your kid goes to daycare or school he/she have 20-30 kids in a class, so they probably celebrate a birthday at least once every two weeks which means our children are exposed to candy and harmful sweets constantly. Plus, if you are like me, you probably practice “treat day” which is another exposure to the dreaded sugar. The reality is that our kids eat too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good food! I think it’s time to change that. Do you agree?
Have you ever paid attention to your kid’s behaviour after a birthday party? Did you notice they are more irritated, aggressive and extremely loud? I personally dread kids birthdays because usually after its over I don’t recognise my kids!
So how should you do it differently?
Kids LOVE colour, adventure and imaginary objects. Why not use healthier birthday food in such a way?
Here are some healthy birthday party ideas for kids:
Fruit is AWESOME! It is widely colourful and you can be really creative with the various shapes and sizes.
Healthy Birthday Snacks
Fruit is AWESOME! It is widely colourful and you can be really creative with the various shapes and sizes. And the best part of all is not feeling bad about you kid eating, what I call “ADD/ADHD in a box”. Instead they will be eating antioxidant rich food, which helps to stabilize their blood sugar levels so they stay happy, calm and cooperative throughout the day. Fruits are high in fibre, which help to maintain a healthy digestive system, they are delicious and most kids love fruit! For a simple recipe for strawberry dipped in homemade chocolate, click here. Fruit kebabs with different pieces of colourful fruit, and frozen fruit pops with fresh fruit inside are excellent, colourful and fun ways for kids to enjoy a sweet snack.
Healthy Birthday Cake
Chocolate quinoa cake
Kids love this cake! For full recipe click here.
This is my favourite idea for serving drinks for guests! Throw in a bunch of frozen berries into a large tank of water and enjoy. Kids love to look at the floating fruit and of course are always willing to taste it.
If you don’t have time to make a homemade juice or infused water, packaged coconut water is a much better idea than any fruit juice from the grocery store. I saw this brand in Costco for a great price.
Pure Filtered Water
We’ve all heard the saying: “Simple is the best”, this is so true when it comes to a healthy drink such as water. Kids usually don’t mind water so make sure you offer pure filtered water at your kid’s birthday. I don’t recommend using bottled water because of the low quality of water and environmental reasons. Instead use filtered water from your pitcher; just assign someone to refill it once in a while.
This option might not work for a large crowd of kids, unless you are willing to spend some extra time in the kitchen juicing 2 pounds of apples. However this is an excellent way to serve healthy sweet drinks to your children and their friends.
The focus of a birthday party shouldn’t be food; the focus should be your child and the celebration of their life.
A few more things to consider
Please be mindful about our environment and use paper plates instead of plastic on your kid’s birthday party. It breaks my heart to see the loads of black garbage bags left at the end of birthday parties. The focus of a birthday party shouldn’t be food; the focus should be your child and the celebration of their life. Invest more of your time on entertainment and games to make this a memorable event. I have a friend who turns her kids’ birthdays into an opportunity to give back to the community, what a great way to celebrate life. I am sure her kids remember each and every single birthday they’ve had because of the emotional experience they’ve had.
A birthday is an opportunity to contribute to the world, teach children to give back and be grateful about their lives. Although great, this is too idealistic for most of us, however healthier food is definitely a good place to start!
To your kids health!
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