Parties are special events when treats and indulgences are allowed. That’s part of what makes them special, and they allow young and old alike to share a happy moment with a full belly and satisfied taste buds. When we have our little ones’ health in mind, we sometimes find ourselves torn between spoiling them with a treat or being responsible and serving them something healthy. Why not do both? A good strategy is to serve cake as the treat and round out snack time with healthy bites. Here are some ideas:
- Homemade mini pita pizzas: whole-wheat pitas, tomato sauce or salsa, lean ground beef, bell peppers, olives, low-fat cheese.
- Grilled whole-wheat pita triangles with homemade salsa: cut pitas into triangles, brush lightly with olive oil, season to taste with herbs and bake at 350°F (180°C) for approximately 5–7 minutes.
- Corn soup shooters: get little plastic shot glasses to serve kiddie portions, no spoon required!
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- Fresh fruit skewers with Danino yogurt dip: you could also drizzle melted dark chocolate over the fruit.
- Chocolate milk and berry smoothie: combine your choice of berries and chocolate milk in a blender and blend to the desired consistency. Add fun plastic ice cubes and serve with a straw.
- Frozen grapes: eat them right out of the freezer. Sensitive teeth beware!
- Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate: cut bananas in half, thread them onto wooden skewers and freeze them for at least one hour. Remove them from the freezer and lightly coat them with melted dark chocolate. Serve immediately or refreeze for up to two days.
- Chicken salad bites: use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of sliced bread (let children choose their own shape), and top shapes with chicken salad.
- Low-fat cheese cubes and grapes: thread cheese cubes and grapes onto skewers or tooth picks with colourful ends.
- Homemade snack mix: combine plain popcorn, high-fibre cereal, nuts and pretzel sticks, and season to taste with herbs and spices.