Birthday Parties are a blast for kids, and as a parent, I find them fun to plan. It is a lot of work though, and there is a lot to take into consideration.
I like to make the treats for my kids’ parties so that I know exactly what they and their friends are eating. With all of the intolerances and allergies out there today (along with the different opinions on what is healthy) it can be difficult to find something that everyone can eat, so I always put together a mix of easy, healthy snacks.
I know, the inner child in you probably just cringed at the thought of healthy food at a birthday party, but sweet things don’t have to be bad for you, and healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.
To make it a little easier, you could also include snack ideas that play with your birthday party theme! Check out our healthy Holiday Snacks for Kids too.
Here are some of my go-to’s that match all of my requirements: healthy, quick/easy to make, and fun.
Fruit and Cheese Skewers
Who doesn’t love this combination? Include yummy fruits like grapes, watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, pears, apples, cantaloupe, and
To make it even more fun, place them on skewers, and mix and match the fruit with the desirable cheese picked (my children loved pepper jack
If you want to go one step beyond, you could melt chocolate to dip the fruit in as well. Still healthy, and still yummy!
Healthy Banana Split
- Use Greek yogurt as the ice cream, and cut the bananas in half (like you’d normally do for a banana split), and place the yogurt inside.
- Feel free to choose whichever flavor of Greek yogurt you see fit (vanilla was a big hit). Cut up some strawberries, and create chocolate shavings to sprinkle on top,
- You could also make it a “do it yourself” banana split bar, by picking out the toppings you’d like (kiwi, more banana slices, cherries, granola,etc.), and having them as a buffet style for the kiddos to create themselves!
We all know how to make these yummy cookies, and we almost always forget that they’re actually good for you! My kiddos like chocolate chips in the oatmeal cookies (which yes, does take away a little bit from the “healthiness” of it, but it doesn’t hurt to just add a pinch of these in!)
Here is our favorite loaded Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Create a sweet and yummy centerpiece by having these be the focal point of the dessert table.
A Smoothie Substitution
Who doesn’t love smoothies? Even the pickiest of eaters will down a delicious smoothie. A fun take on this could be a buffet style for the children to pick their own fruits!
This includes a little more prep time, but could be really fun to do if you wanted to take the extra time to create different smoothies.
Some great smoothie ideas could be: berries (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc.), kiwi, pineapple and orange, banana and strawberry, or a
The fun about creating smoothies means you can be as creative and as personal as you want!
Popcorn Nut Mix
This is like the ever classic trail mix, but with a twist. Pop the popcorn of your choosing (kettle corn works greatly with this snack, but again, choose your favorite!).
Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl, and mix it with the creations of your choosing! You could add: M&Ms, salted nuts, pretzel sticks, and yogurt covered almonds! The choices are endless here, and this is so incredibly easy to create.
These are just a few simple ideas to create for your next birthday party. Not only are these healthy substitutes to include in the party, but they are incredibly yummy. No one will even notice the “healthy” aspect!