• Melissa Genee, RD

How to Throw a Healthy Birthday Party


Kids birthday parties often mean pizza, pop and plenty of sugary treats. But planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to derail their nutrition and send them on a sugar filled spiral. With little planning and colourful finger foods, you can plan a fun and healthy party for your children.

Make Healthy Food Fun

Presentation is key to serving healthy foods at a birthday party. Choose vibrant colours, fun shapes and finger foods to keep kids engaged. Make sandwiches more appealing by using heart, star or flower cookie cutters. Serve mini versions of your kids favourite foods, such as mini pizza bagels (loaded with vegetables), mini taco bites or mini meatball subs.

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Vegetables and Fruits

Serve a variety of colourful vegetables and fruits to ensure kids are getting plenty of nutrients. Try mini vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, peppers, sweet peas and mini broccoli and cauliflower florets. Offer a healthy ranch or cucumber dip made with greek yogurt and fresh herbs. As an activity, you can have children create their very own rainbow fruit kebabs and serve with vanilla yogurt. Instead of sugar filled freezies or popsicles, make your own with fresh fruit, yogurt and mint leaves.

Drinks

Ditch the pop and fruit cocktails and keep the kids hydrated with some low sugar alternatives. Try infusing water with fruit such as strawberries, raspberries and lemons. Make melon ball ice cubes from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew and add them to sparkling water for a refreshing and colourful twist. Make a refreshing watermelon lemonade slushie by pureeing watermelon, lemon juice and ice cubes for a fun and healthy drink.

Sweet Treats

Be smart about serving sweets and treats by providing smaller portions such as mini cupcakes or small ice cream cones. Serve children individually instead of allowing them to have free range of sugary treats. For a healthier version, make homemade cupcakes and ice them with a greek yogurt and cream cheese frosting instead of buttercream.

Activities

There is no need to go to an expensive sports venue to keep children entertained. Get the children moving by playing a variety of games such as follow the leader or musical chairs. Or keep the kids busy by sending them on a quest to find buried treasure around the house or in the yard.

Goodie Bags

Treat bags are almost guaranteed after a kid’s birthday party. Instead of giving candy, chocolate or cake, try these non-food alternatives:

  • Crayons and a colouring book

  • Pencils and erasers

  • Playdoh

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Stickers

  • Noisemakers

  • Books

  • Small puzzles


With these tips you can plan a fun and healthy birthday party for your little ones.

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