Make family and friend parties fun, festive and nutritous by following these tips.
Healthy Party Food
Go ahead and keep the traditional fare like burgers, pizzas and cake but transform them into healthier versions. Make the burgers from extra lean beef and serve on whole grain buns. Serve up Earth's Best Sesame Street Whole Grain Cheese Pizza instead of take out. For healthy and spill proof beverages, offer individual juice boxes of Earth's Best Organic JuicesEarth's Best Kidz 2% Reduced Fat Milk
Healthy Party Snacks
If serving snacks, try these healthy ideas:
The Cake and Ice Cream
Fanciful and fun will be more important than hooey and gooey to the kids. Make cupcakes or cake but substitute yogurt for some of the more fattening ingredients. Consider making the cake in a fun shaped pan. Or make a frozen cake out of fat free frozen yogurt or fat free ice cream. Serve fat free ice cream cut out into cookie cutter shapes. (Soften ice cream, spread out onto flat jellyroll pan, refreeze until hard, and using desired cookie cutter shapes, cut out individual serving size ice-cream treats. You can decorate them with sprinkles, or raisins, peanuts, etc.)
Focus on the Fun
Focus on the fun rather than on the food. Make the theme action-packed. Have a pool party at the local hotel pool or gym, go ice skating at the local rink, or stay home and play games that keep your guests moving: duck-duck goose, musical chairs or treasure hunts.
Kids will expect to go home with a favor bag. Instead of filling it with candy or other sugary foods, substitute something more nutritious such as one of Earth's Best Sesame Street snacks. Or, skip the food treats all together and make one of the party activities a creation to make and take home. How about a craft table where children can make their own paper bag puppets or handprint crafts.
When choosing what gift to give, think of something that will involve activity, such as a jump rope or hula-hoop, a big bouncy ball, or a plastic sled. Or, offer a healthy cooking gift that includes a colorful mixing bowl, a pan, a wooden mixing spoon and the healthy mix, like Arrowhead Mills Organic "Bake with Me" Family Fun Kits.