Just because you’re hosting a kids party, it doesn’t mean that you have to provide an abundance of junk food such as sodium packed potato chips, calorie dense pastries or enamel corroding carbonated beverages.
In this article we’ll take a look at 9 healthy snacks for school parties that are all nutritious and equally delicious.
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1) Hummus Sandwiches
Children love ‘finger foods’ that they can grab and eat as they partake in their activities. Hummus sandwiches can prove to be an ideal snack to utilize during a school party as a finger food.
Made from pureed chickpeas and pita bread, not only is it thick enough as to not cause a mess, chickpeas are rich in vitamin B6, iron and folate as well.
2) Thai Based Fruit Smoothies
Thailand fruit smoothies are extremely delicious and packed with an abundance of vitamins. This is due to the fact that unlike commercially made smoothies that contain artificial ingredients such as fructose syrup, Thailand based smoothies are 100% natural.
When it comes to fruit selection, some of the choices that are available include:
3) Chocolate Covered Fruit
As far as satisfying their sweet tooth goes, chocolate covered fruits can prove to be a great way to offer something that is sweet and equally nutritious.
These are pretty straightforward. All you have to do to create them is to melt the chocolate and dip a peeled banana in it, as to which you would subsequently roll in chopped nuts or dried fruits on a grease-proof paper.
4) Vegetable Chips
No matter how you cut it, children love crunchy foods. As such, many people believe that a school party would not be complete without a few bowls of potato chips. The problem with potato chips is that they offer no nutritional value, packed with sodium and are high in calories and fat.
However, by utilizing vegetable chips they can provide the children with a delicious crunchy snack that tastes very similar to a regular bag of potato chips.
They have 7 percent less sodium than regular potato chips and 12 percent less saturated fat as well. They also come in a variety of colors and ingredients such as parsnips, yucca and sweet potatoes. It’s also worth noting that one ounce of vegetable chips equates to one serving of vegetables.
5) Greek Pizza
While it may be true that many people associate grease, high calories with pizza and label it as a junk food. It is the ingredients that are utilized within its preparation which determines how healthy or unhealthy that particular pizza is.
Greek pizza is especially healthy and calls for the utilization of shrimp, grape tomatoes, cheese, tomato sauce and whole grain based dough.
What makes this so healthy is that whole grain dough is rich in fiber, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, cheese is packed with calcium and shrimp is an ideal low-calorie protein option that is a good source of vitamin D.
6) Sorbet Cake
Ice cream cake is an all time party classic. However, just one slice of an ice cream cake can have as much as 400 calories. A healthier alternative to this would be a sorbet cake.
All you need to create a sorbet cake is a 2-3 scoops of sorbet and some fresh fruits such as berries and melon that you would use for its topping.
7) Air-Popped Chips
Doritos are a common food choice at school parties. However, they are nutritionally empty and contain a long list of artificial ingredients. A more natural solution that would serve as a great alternative are air-popped, whole-grain chips.
8) Cocktail Veggie Dogs
Veggie hot dogs can prove to be a great option to provide that is rich in protein. Typically vegan hot dogs are made from a variety of alternative, healthier ingredients that when combined provide a similar taste of a typical hot dog, minus the sodium preservatives, saturated fat and high calories.
Some of the ingredients that a standard vegan frankfurter consist of include:
- Tomato paste
- Yeast extract organic palm fruit oil
- Natural liquid smoke
9) Organic Lollipops
When it comes to providing candy based healthy snacks for school parties organic lollipops can are an ideal solution. Organic lollipops are all natural and contain real fruit extracts. Additionally, they do not contain artificial ingredients such as artificial flavoring and coloring substances nor fructose corn syrup for example.