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Family Nutrition Tips- How To Make Kids Parties Healthy And FUN!

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera

With the holiday season approaching that usually means lots of social events for the kids, in school and out of school. How do we keep all those goodies featured at these party more on the nutritious side? Do we just throw our hands in the air?

I think sometimes we focus more on the foods that we think kids expect to make the party "fun". But kids are going to the party not to "eat the high sugary, high fatty foods" that might be featured at these parties. Instead, kids are going to hang out with their friends in a fun social situation. It is really we parents who have created the association of party and "junk food".

But kids can enjoy a fun party with all their friends and the festivities and still have nutritious snacks. It just requires a little creativity. Okay, here are some ideas:

  • You can make healthy sandwiches and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes for the party. Cookie cutter shapes provide endless options on make healthy sandwiches a fun addition to the party.
  • How about creating fun faces and images with healthy foods. This again provides endless options.
  • Use veggies and fruits for color and they can be cut into any shape.
Kids have a great imagination and this would be a fun family activity. Decide with our children what "theme" you are going to bring to the party. Then, together, use your imaginations and think of the different foods that you could use to make that image. You may be surprised at the different ideas kids come up with! happy_vegetable_plate

For more options, Family Fun Magazine has easy, low cost ideas.

By the way, you can do this for a family meal. You don't have to wait for parties!



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Monday, Dec 01, 2008 @ 11:10 PM

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I think that a great way to get kid's minds off of the sweets and more into the party is by having great <a href="" rel="nofollow">party games.</a> My daughter just turned 5 and for her birthday party we had a treasure hunt- I got the idea from Nancy Kruse's book, "Treasure Hunt-A Book of Clues for Parties." For the prizes, I went to the dollar store and bought pencils, erasers, and other great, inexpensive toys! The kids had a blast!

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