From designing an adorable invite to assembling goody bags, there’s a lot that goes into planning the perfect birthday party for kids. But considering that children should eat five portions of fruits and veggies daily, offering healthy snacks—rather than sugar-laden treats—is a priority. So the next time you’re hosting a birthday party, serve one—or all—of these 5 healthy snacks for kids:
Healthy Snacks for Kids Idea 1: Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars
Packed with delicious fruit and premium nuts, granola bars are a great snack the kids can graze on while roaming the party. Plan ahead by whipping up these Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars the night before the party. When prepping, mix together your favorite frozen yogurt, Sunkist Fruit Chips® Crunchy Strawberry and Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Pineapple Coconut Blend. Then line a dish with tinfoil and spread the yogurt mixture. Finally, freeze for several hours and slice into bars!
Healthy Snacks for Kids Idea 2: Sweet Potato Bites
Sweet potatoes are a naturally sweet treat packed with nourishing properties. Instead of setting out a bowl of greasy potato chips, opt for these Roasted Sweet Potato Bites. With less than 5 ingredients, this recipe uses sweet potatoes, guacamole, diced tomatoes and green onions to make a satisfying, plant-based snack with a nutritional punch. The best part? This healthy snack for kids takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.
Healthy Snacks for Kids Idea 3: Apple Donuts
You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn’t love a donut. Unfortunately, donuts are considered one of the worst foods you can eat. Luckily, with a few tweaks, you can still serve a version of this sweet birthday party snack and feel good about it. Try this Fruit Donuts recipe that uses fresh apples in place of fried dough and trans fats. Swap the cream cheese frosting and food coloring for homemade whipped cream using freeze dried fruit. NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips® Medley Blueberries • Strawberries • Cherries, Sunkist Fruit Chips® Crunchy Banana and NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips® Medley Strawberries • Mango all make for delicious donut toppings.
Healthy Snacks for Kids Idea 4: Popcorn Snack Mix
For a portable take on healthy snacks for kids, put together baggies of DIY Popcorn Snack Mix. Start by popping a pot of homemade stovetop popcorn. Then mix in trail mix made with premium fruit and tree nuts. Our pick: NEW Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Ginger Peach Blend.
Healthy Snacks for Kids Idea 5: Banana Split Bites
As an alternative to ice cream, we love these adorable Banana Split Bites. Serve them as guilt-free dessert that won’t cause a sugar crash at a birthday bash. Bananas are high in fiber and vitamins while offering a number of other nutritional benefits. To make them, chop bananas into bite-sized pieces. Then dip each piece into melted dark chocolate. For the perfect finishing touch, roll each piece in a bowl of Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Mango Dark Chocolate Blend.