When you’re hosting a party for your child, it can be challenging not to give in to the typical party fare; it’s often convenient, cheap and sweet! However, if you’re concerned about kids’ nutrition and don’t want to deal with the after‐effects of too much sugar and artificial additives, try some of the healthier treats instead. We’ve listed some of our favourites below. They’re sure to delight even the fussiest of little party‐goers.
- Baked chips and dips – Bake flat bread in the oven and serve with salsa, hummus or guacamole.
- Fruit kebabs – Thread wedges of fruit onto paddle‐pop sticks. Drizzle with a little honey or chocolate to strengthen their appeal.
- Fruit slushies – Blend watermelon, strawberries or mango with ice to make a delicious and refreshing slushy.
- Choc‐dipped strawberries – Skewer strawberries onto lollypop sticks and dip the tip into melted chocolate for a moderately healthy treat that kids will love.
- Homemade cupcakes – A party simply isn’t a party without cupcakes. Prepare them yourself so you know exactly what’s gone into them and make them more nutritious by topping with fruit. You could also try yoghurt and berry cupcakes for a healthy dose of calcium, the bonebuilding mineral.
- Choc‐beetroot cake ‐ Adding beetroot to chocolate cake or brownies is great for getting a little nutrition into growing bodies and they’ll be none the wiser as it won’t affect the taste. Check out the recipe here.
- Mini pizzas – Make your own pizza bases or use wholewheat English muffins if you're pressed for time. Add your own toppings, perhaps a simple margarita with passata, mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, a pumpkin and fetta pizza, or one with a selection of finely diced fruit and veggies such as capsicum, mushrooms and pineapple.
- Sliders – These are mini hamburgers and are great for little hands. You can make them healthy by adding lean meat patties, lettuce, tomato and a slice of beetroot.
- Baked chicken strips ‐ Dip raw chicken strips in egg followed by panko bread crumbs and bake in the oven until cooked. Serve with a honey and mustard, or sweet chilli sauce.
- Spinach and fetta filo triangles – A convenient way to get a little green goodness into kids.
- Mini sandwiches – Make dainty sandwiches of cucumber, egg or ricotta cheese mixed with finely chopped broccoli, carrots and capsicum, and serve on a tiered cake stand.