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Healthy Kids Birthday Party Recipes

by Carolyn Briggs

Just because you don't want to serve junk food at your kids' birthday party doesn't mean you have to serve apple slices and granola chunks, it's still a party after all. While dealing with the stresses of shopping for PartyPail.com baby shower box favors, here are some healthy snacks to serve children at a birthday party.

Fruit, Cheese & Marshmallow Kabobs

This recipe is quick. This fresh and fruity, snack idea makes eating fruit entertaining. It's easy to make ahead and carry to the party, and the Marshmallows will add that special touch kids love.

Slice the favorite fruits of the birthday boy or girl, and slide the fruit slices onto kabob sticks. Whole strawberries and grapes, sliced bananas and chunks of pineapple create a delightful display. In between fruit pieces, slide on pieces of cheddar cheese and large marshmallows for sweet flair. Dip marshmallows into lukewarm water and add rainbow sprinkles to make the kabobs really birthday festive.

Yogurt Sundaes

As an alternative to sugary ice cream, organize a yogurt sundae station. On your kitchen counter or table, put out containers of low-fat or Greek yogurt and the following ingredients:

Blueberries, raspberries and strawberry slices
Almond slices and chopped peanuts
Coconut shavings
Chocolate and rainbow sprinkles
Homemade fruit sauce (Heat fresh or frozen berries, a little sugar and lemon juice on medium heat until thick. Cool and then puree in a blender.)

Extra tip: Have the children make tortilla ice cream bowls. Wrap tortillas in a damp cloth and microwave for 15 seconds. Spray non-flavored cooking spray on both sides of the flour tortillas and gently push them into a jumbo muffin tin to form a cup shape. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they're golden brown. For a less healthy choice, brush the tortillas with cinnamon before baking.

Homemade Trail Mix

Ditch greasy potato chips, cheesy puffs and buttery popcorn for healthy trail mix that kids love.

Mix together any of the following ingredients that are favorites:

Raisins or Craisins
Sunflower or pumpkin seed
Cheerios or Corn Flakes
Goldfish Crackers
Peanuts or almonds

Add some subtle sweetness by tossing in a few:

Mini marshmallows
Teddy Grahams
Chocolate chips
Fruit Loops
Gummy bears

Guilt-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

These darling fluffcakes contain just a fraction of a regular cupcake's 17 grams of fat. And, you'd never come to the conclusion that these cupcakes contain a mere 3 grams of fat and 170 calories per cake.

Non-fat vanilla yogurt (1/2 cup)
Skim milk (2/3 cup)
Applesauce (1/4 cup)
Splenda (3/4 cup)
Cooking oil (3 tablespoons)
Vanilla extract (1 1/2 teaspoons)
All-purpose flour (1 1/4 cups)
Cornstarch (2 tablespoons)
Baking powder (1/2 teaspoons)
Baking soda (1/4 teaspoons)
Salt (1/4 teaspoons)

While your oven preheats at 350 degrees, mix together the vanilla yogurt, skim milk, applesauce, cooking oil and vanilla. Separately, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently sift the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Fill cupcake tins with batter and bake for about 25 minutes. For the frosting, whisk together one container of fat-free Cool Whip and one package of fat-free vanilla pudding. After cooled, top the vanilla frosting over cupcakes and top with fun rainbow sprinkles, or sprinkles in the shape of animals, stars, hearts or flowers.

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