Healthy Birthday Treats for Kids

We’ve got some ideas for healthier birthday treats that all the kids will love!

Birthdays are very important to every child. Parents often want to celebrate it with cakes or cupcakes. However, sending a birthday cake, cupcakes, or other sugary treats to the classroom for your child to celebrate with classmates may not be the best idea. These sugary treats may be viewed as harmless if they are available only during special occasions. However, the amount of sugar and calories add up when there are 20-30 other students with birthdays year-round. To send the right message to keep kids healthy, it is important to offer healthier alternatives.

According to this recent New York Times article, New Rules May Curb Classroom, the federal government is stepping in to help address the issue of classroom food. Federal school nutrition rules, that will go in effect next year, require school districts participating in federal lunch or breakfast programs to come up with a nutritional standard for all foods and drinks offered to children at school, including those served by parents at classroom parties and treats awarded by teachers as prizes.

Here are some healthier alternatives for classroom birthday parties:

Small popcorn bags

Mini fruit pizza

Apple sauce pouches

Banana Peanut Butter Bites

Yogurt parfaits with fruit

Whole wheat mini-muffins (carrots, zucchini, blueberry, or banana flavors)

Small fruit cups

Fruit kabobs

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Fruit roll-ups

Fruit yogurt bites

Apple fruit donuts

Yogurt Smoothie

Also, consider non-food items such as stickers, balloons, pens, pencils, erasers, etc for kids with food allergies.

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