Most party food for kids is packed with sugar and salt.
Even if there are healthy options, kids usually head straight to the table that’s full of chips, cookies, and sweets.
While it’s okay for kids to occasionally eat unhealthy foods, there are lots of healthy party food options that you can use to replace these overly sugary treats without compromising on taste.
In this article, I’m going to show you some of our favorite healthy party food ideas for kids.
These recipes are all easy to prepare and full of essential nutrients and vitamins.
You can prepare them for a party you’re hosting, or take them with you to a party your child is attending.
Let’s take a look at the ideas.
10 Healthy Party Food Ideas for Your Kids’ Next Party
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
It’s hard to beat fresh fruit and vegetables.
At your kid’s party, put together a few bowls of fruit. Easy fruits to prepare include:
- Orange and satsuma slices
- Chopped up banana pieces
They’re all packed with vitamins, and the natural sugars mean they’ll be a perfect replacement for a jar of sweets on the table.
If you’re willing to do some more preparation, you could create fresh fruit skewers. Prepare enough so every child at the party can have one, and include a variety of fruit on the skewer.
Pumpkin Muffins with Sweet Potato Frosting
Even though you want your kids to be healthy, you still can’t have a party without any cake.
These Pumpkin Muffins with Sweet Potato Frosting are a perfect healthy option.
They still contain sugar (after all, natural sugar is still sugar) but pumpkins are an amazing source of Vitamin A, and the sweet potato used in the frosting contains high amounts of Vitamin A, and Vitamin B.
Your kids will still feel like they’re eating a sweet muffin, but it’ll be far healthier than any store-bought or sugar-based alternatives.
Meat and Cheese Plate
Another simple but healthy party food is a meat and cheese plate. I know what you’re thinking – wouldn’t that be better suited to a party for adults?
You might be surprised to find that these always go down a treat at parties. Make sure you choose some nice lean meat options, and pick cheese with a simple flavor that kids will enjoy. If you pick something too strong, chances are, most of them aren’t going to like it.
Big Bowl of Hummus and Pita Chips
Everyone loves hummus – and kids are no different.
You use store-bought hummus, or easily make it at home; just mix chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic together in a food processor.
Instead of buying regular chips to dip in your hummus, consider making some homemade pita chips. You can also buy them in a store, but be careful – some store-bought types of pita chips can be just as unhealthy as a regular bag of chips.
Slices of Homemade Pizza
It’s worth remembering that it’s still a kid’s party.
Kids love pizza, and to keep things healthy, consider making them at home. There are a variety of homemade pizza recipes out there that are simple and delicious.
Depending on how many children are at the party, you could even have the kids make their own pizzas.
Pizza is a classic party food, and your kids will love it. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, and mozzarella cheese is rich in probiotic bacteria.
Buy a range of healthy toppings like vegetables and lean meats, and the children can add as many or as little as they like.
Homemade Fruit Popsicle
If you’re hosting a party in the summer you’ll need ice cream or popsicles.
If you want to give the kids a treat at their next party but don’t want them eating sugar-filled popsicles and ice cream, consider making some at home.
Homemade fruit-based popsicles are tasty, packed with vitamins, and still provide the same experience that a regular popsicle does. They’re free of high-fructose corn syrup, and free of artificial sweeteners or coloring.
You can easily prepare these in advance by pureeing enough fruit for the quantity of popsicles you need and putting them in the freezer, or, you can get your kids to create their own as an activity.
They’ll be frozen within a few hours and your kids and their friends will enjoy the popsicles even more if they’ve helped prepare them.
Roasted Cajun Chickpeas
Chips are always a kids party favorite, but they’re usually deep fried and heavy in salt and additives.
If you want to skip the chips but still want a healthy alternative that fulfills a similar craving, consider roasting chickpeas in cajun spices.
It’s a simple, easy, and healthy party food idea that we’re sure your kids and their friends will enjoy.
You can throw these in the oven at the last minute, or prepare them up to a day in advance.
They’re a great alternative to typical potato chips, and arguably even tastier.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Kids love fries. That’s no secret. Unfortunately, they’re often deep-fried and end up being an unhealthy option.
If you want to give your kids the same experience but without the negative health effects, consider making some sweet potato fries.
Chop your sweet potatoes into whatever shape you want, toss some extra virgin olive oil on them, and bake them in the oven.
You’ll end up with a healthy and delicious plate of fries that kids will love just as much as regular fries.
They’re tasty and healthy party food idea for kids that we’re sure they’ll love.
This classic British treat is perfect party food for your kids’ next party.
Typically, flapjacks are sugary and sweet – but this recipe shows you how to make them without any added sugar.
That said, you don’t have to worry about your kids not liking them because they’re not sweet enough. These flapjacks contain apples and sultanas, and the natural sugars from those still leave the flapjacks tasting nice and sweet.
You can easily make as many as you need by increasing the number of ingredients you add, and you can cut them up into small portions, so there’s enough for every child at the party.
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter balls are a healthy and easy snack to serve to kids. They’re tasty, and packed with protein making them a healthy party food. You can find recipes for them that show you just how simple they are to make.
In most cases, you’ll just need to combine your ingredients in a bowl, then roll them into small balls.
We’d recommend looking for a peanut butter brand that’s made from 100% peanuts and doesn’t include any added palm oils or added sugars. If that’s all you can find, don’t worry – they’re still packed with protein.
To add some extra flavor, you can throw in some dried fruit, cereals, nuts, or seeds.
These are one of the easiest snacks on this list, and if your kids already love peanut butter, we can guarantee they’ll love these.
Hosting a party for your kids can be stressful. There’s a lot to organize, and we don’t think food should be one of them. The recipes in this article are easy-to-make, healthy, and most importantly, your kids and their friends will love them.
Lots of these recipes are also easy to take as a dish to your kids’ friends’ houses to help out the other parents who are also struggling to prepare enough tasty and healthy food.