10 Delicious and Healthy Party Foods For Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Last Updated on October 24, 2022 by Project Party

It’s your child’s birthday and you want to throw them the best party possible! But with all the sugar-laden options out there, it can be hard to choose healthy party foods that kids will actually enjoy eating.

Healthy options are not only becoming more popular but more requested by party attendees. Why? Because parents are more health-conscious and want to set their children up for success with nutritious foods that will help them grow and develop properly.

And, it will help you too. A group of kids filled with sugar is not a party that any parent wants to deal with! I’d prefer to avoid the tantrums, myself. Less sugar doesn’t mean less fun, though. There are plenty of delicious and healthy party foods that kids will love!

So, if you’re looking for some delicious and healthy party food ideas, look no further! Here are 10 of the best options out there:

1. Veggie Platters with Dips

A veggie platter is a great way to sneak some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Load a platter with their favourite veggies and pair it with a healthy dip like hummus or tzatziki. Popular veggies for kids include carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and capsicums. Easy to prepare and you can get creative with serving this by using fun-shaped cookie cutters or even rainbow colours!

2. Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Another great option for getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is fresh fruit kabobs. Kids love getting messy with their food, and these fruit kabobs are the perfect finger food for little fingers! Simply thread some of your child’s favourite fruits onto skewers and enjoy! Make them interactive by creating bugs and other fun shapes with the fruits.

3. Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

Pizza is always a hit at parties, but store-bought pizzas are often loaded with unhealthy toppings. Make your own mini pizzas using whole wheat pitas or English muffins as the base, and top them with healthy toppings like vegetables, lean protein, or even fruit! Prepare toppings to spell out your child’s name or in their favourite shape for a special touch.

4. Chicken Salad Wraps

These chicken salad wraps are a healthier alternative to traditional sandwiches made with white bread. They’re perfect for kids who are gluten-sensitive or have allergies, and they’re easy to customize with your child’s favourite ingredients! Size is key here so they are easy to grab and eat on the go.

5. Rainbow Fruit Salad

Yep, fruit again, but this colourful salad is not only pretty to look at but it’s also packed full of vitamins and antioxidants from all the different fruits used. Add in some yogurt or kefir for an extra protein boost and probiotics! Prepare in a big bowl to serve or kids-sized portions in mason jars for a cute take-home party favour.

6. Ants on a Log

A classic kid-friendly snack that never gets old! All you need is some celery, peanut butter (or another nut butter), and raisins (or other dried fruit). Cut the celery into 3-inch pieces, spread on the nut butter, and top with raisins for a delicious and nutritious snack! Easy to make and fun to eat! You really can’t go wrong with this one.

7. Popcorn

Popcorn is a whole grain that’s low in calories but high in fibre, making it a great snack option for kids. Make your own popcorn at home using an air popper or stovetop method, and avoid the added salt, fat, and sugar of microwaveable bags or packaged popcorn. Instead, flavour your popcorn with healthy toppings like cinnamon or freshly grated Parmesan cheese!

8. Cucumber Boats

These cucumber boats are a fun way to serve up veggies at your child’s party! Fill them with chicken salad, tuna salad, hummus, or any other filling of your choice. They’re also a great way to use up any leftover cucumbers from your veggie tray! Fit to a party theme with little props like sails or flags to make them extra special.

9. Whole Wheat Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese sandwiches are always a hit with kids, but they can often be loaded with unhealthy saturated fats. Make your own grilled cheese sandwiches using whole wheat bread and low-fat cheese for a healthier option that doesn’t sacrifice taste! Cut into fingers for easy eating and serve with a side of tomato soup for dipping.

10. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are a delicious and elegant way to end any party! Choose high-quality chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids, and melt it gently in a microwave-safe bowl set over simmering water. Dip fresh strawberries in the melted chocolate then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to cool and set. Serve within 2 hours for best results.

11. BONUS: Water stations

Make sure to keep your little guests hydrated by setting up water stations around the party area! Fill jugs with water and add in some slices of fruit or herbs for flavour. Provide cups for the kids to use, and make sure there’s a designated adult responsible for refilling the jugs as needed.

Making healthier food choices doesn’t have to be difficult or boring, and these party foods are proof of that! By incorporating some of these healthier options into your child’s birthday party, you can rest assured that they’ll still have a blast while staying on track with their nutrition goals.

To take it to the next level, source sustainable partywares like bamboo plates and cups. This will help you avoid all the waste that comes with using disposables, and it’s better for the environment too!

And who knows, maybe they’ll even inspire some of their friends to make healthier choices as well! Don’t forget – cleanup is always easier when there aren’t any dishes left behind! So be sure to send everyone home with goody bags full of their favourite treats!

What’s your favourite healthy party food? Let us know in the comments below!