Taking action towards feeding your kids a healthier diet means following through even for those festive occasions, because there are SO many festive occasions that the kids would constantly be filling up on processed junk and sugar. Never feel bad about serving real food options at your kid’s party.
You will be the envy of every parent around because:
- you have guts! (most parents cave to parent pressure)
- you’re walking the walk (not just talking the talk)
- you’re kids health matters that much!
- you are serving the best dang food around!
♥It will take guts to stand up to parents who think the kids need to eat hotdogs,potato chips and gummy worms because it’s a birthday party. Stay strong, you got this! I have your back. Break out the real food and get those kids eating it and you’ll be the mom of the year. Guaranteed. Offer kids good food, make it fun and they are going to love it.
♥You can’t really spout off about how bad sugar is for kids and then set an array of refined sugary treats (plus other junk) around the table for the kids to chow down on. If you’re about getting sugar out of your little’s diet, then make the birthday party food 80% refined sugar-free. That’s fair. Do the walk.
♥Keep this in mind: your children mean the world to you, right? So of course, you’ll do what it takes to keep them healthy. If that means saying no to certain types of processed food, then that is what it takes. You love them and keeping them healthy means that much to you. Never feel bad about making good choices, instead, feel awesome!
♥The kids are going to love the food your serve! There’s so many fun ideas to make sure they not only love the food but they have a great time with it. Real food should be fun.
Now, for some really cool ideas for your kid’s next birthday party!
The typical birthday party menu looks something like this:
- hotdogs served on white buns
- potato chips
- soft drinks or fruit flavoured sugary drinks
- gummy candy and assorted sugars
- ice cream
- loot bags full of junk food
Imagine what happens to a child once they consume all this sugar! Even when it’s once in a while. I’ll tell you exactly what happens to my daughter after a birthday party. She gets a headache, she feels nauseous and she gets really tired (after the initial sugar shock wears off).
If you’d like some great ideas, I found the “I Quit Sugar Kid’s Cookbook” by Sarah Wilson, to be quite a good resource. She takes a realistic approach to helping you get the whole family off sugar (including over 200,000 kids). Love her crowding out method of adding more good stuff while getting rid of not so good foods. Take a peek, you can even download a sample of her books.
A healthier version can look like this:
- create your own pizza bar (make whole grain dough and offer a few veggie toppings)
- cheese and whole grain crackers
- whole grain tortilla chips and salsa
- fruit kabobs
- veggies and dip
- real fruit juice or bottled water
- cupcakes (make them yourself)
- instead of loot bags, send each kid home with a mini stuffy in a bag or craft they made at the party!
You don’t have to serve all this food, it’s just a suggestion.
Serving the healthy food so kids will eat it:
- use colourful cups to hold fruit
- skewers is a great way to serve fruit
- popsicle sticks for frozen fruit
- fun dips for the veggies
- be creative with colourful and fun containers
We don’t hand out loot bags anymore. First, it costs a fortune to fill the bags with candy and cheap toys. Second, I found chewed up candy all over my house and the toys broke. Now I go to the dollar store, find a craft for each kid (some paints and whatever is needed) and a cute little brown paper bag that they can decorate themselves to take their craft home in.
Healthy birthday party recipe ideas:
Watermelon Frozen Ice – perfect for summer parties!
Healthy Fun Chicken Wraps – just as easy as hotdogs and so much healthier (veggie only for your little vegetarians).
Frozen Watermelon Popsicles – this can be done with any fruit.
Peanut Butter Quesadillas – my kid’s love these!
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