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Clever Ways to Sneak In Healthy Snacks at Kids’ Parties

Clever Ways to Sneak In Healthy Snacks at Kids’ Parties 

Kiddie Parties are almost always seen by children as an opportunity to binge – a break from mom’s home-cooked food, which almost always includes veggies (ho-hum) and fruit (yuck!). But should eating healthy always be a zero sum game?

Fortunately, kids are easy to figure out. Just make sure that the dishes are creatively prepared, flavorful, and have a little bit of their faves (like chocolate!) and they’ll enjoy it just the same.

Here are some creative ways to sneak in healthy ingredients in your next kiddie party menu:

1. Fruit popsicles

Combine real fruit juice and fruit bits to make colorful popsicles.

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2. Chocolate-covered fruits

Drizzle some slightly sweetened chocolate over fruits.

Photo by Marla Meridith

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3. Parfait with fruits

This oat-fruit-and-yogurt combo makes a great substitute for sugar-laden ice cream!

Photo by Mom It Forward

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4. Fruit and veggie smoothie bowls

Great to eat on its own, or as dessert. Add as many healthy ingredients as you want (like cacao, nuts and coconuts).

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5. Chicken Drumsticks or Wings

Grill or bake instead of frying for a healthier chicken dish.

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6. Chicken and Beef Meatballs with Veggies

Substitute chicken and beef for pork.

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7. Wholewheat Sandwiches

Get creative and form different shapes with this one!

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8. Veggie and Fruit Chips

Ditch the potato chips for this one. Trust us, they won’t know the difference!

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Photo by Prana

https://www.prana.bio/en_ca/veggie-chips

9. Healthy Dips in Different Flavors 

Guacamole, tomato salsa and hummus pack in flavor without the preservatives.

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Photo by A Casual Bite to Eat

http://www.acasualbitetoeat.com/articles/three-healthy-easy-homemade-dips

10. A make-it-yourself station with healthy ingredients 

Give them the freedom to make their own dish by laying out healthy ingredients for tacos, pizzas, bagels and more!

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