Planning a Party? Healthy Ways to Celebrate!

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June 20, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Here are some tips for planning health centered birthday parties for your kids! Some of these tips can also be applied to any get together you host, including Fourth of July celebrations just around the corner.

  • Try including some homemade creations
    • Snack-sized sandwiches can be a healthy choice—have turkey & cheese, peanut butter, or veggies as filling. Use cookie cutters to shape your snack to match the theme of the party
    • Fruit smoothies
    • Whole fruit, like watermelon, clementines, or grapes
  • Get the kids involved!
    • Personal pizzas with whole-wheat pita bread or English muffins as crust. Have a toppings station complete with fresh veggies and low-sodium sauce
    • Fresh fruit kabobs with melted chocolate fondue (simply melt dark chocolate chips to make your dip)

**For the 4th, make your kabobs with red-colored berries and blueberries**

  • Pop some popcorn and provide toppings like peanut butter, mini dark chocolate chips, parmesan cheese, or hot sauce

What about the cake?!

It’s okay to serve dessert; after all it is a celebration. You may want to try making/ordering cupcakes with a thin layer of frosting instead of cake. This way there are already pre-formed portions so you and your guests will be less likely to over-indulge.

Healthy Goodie Bags?

Goodie bags are notoriously filled with lots of candy & gum. For a change, try stuffing goodie bags with small toys:

  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy balls
  • Flashlight
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Party-themed key chains
  • Crayons and/or stickers (or other crafty items)

If going the food route is more tempting, try including some of these:

  • 100 Calorie snack packs
  • Individual-sized popcorn bags
  • A few miniature homemade cookies
  • 100% fruit leathers

Planning a party can be stressful, but healthful options are not something you need to sacrifice for a fun time. What other nutritious ideas do you have for hosting a party?

http://www.eatright.org/kids/article.aspx?id=6442475994

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

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