13 Easy Ideas for Healthy Kids Party Food

healthy kids party food

healthy kids party food

One of my kids went to a party last week, and the food was, well … I’m not sure I’d call it food. Highly processed crap is what I’d call it.

When we have kids parties, we tend to self cater. A BBQ in the local park; run themselves ragged at indoor play centre then home for eats; or even just party games at home. I’m not exactly well known for my imaginative parties and fancy cakes, but we do serve real food and there’s never anything left over!

So this week, I thought I’d round up some ideas for easy, healthy kids party food.

Healthy Kids Party Food Mr. McGregor's Garden Patch
Mr. McGregor’s Garden Patch by Spaceships and Laser Beams

I don’t know a kid that won’t eat at least some veggies when they’re served up with a yummy dip. And who could possibly resist mini carrots from Mr McGregor’s Garden Patch? Certainly not me!

Healthy Kids Party Food Green Hummus Dip
Green Hummus Dip by I Quit Sugar

Hummus is super easy to make, and I love adding extras to give it even more of a veggie boost. If kale isn’t your thing, try it with baby spinach. Or even avocado. Delish!

Healthy Kids Party Food Minty Yoghurt Dip
Minty Yoghurt Dip by Jamie Oliver

Another super easy dip to make, and it works just as well as an after school snack as it does for party food. There’s something about this minty yoghurt dip that kids just love. Serve with veggies chopped into fingers, and watch them disappear!

Healthy Kids Party Food Fruit Salad with Citrus Dressing
Fruit Salad with Citrus Dressing by Super Healthy Kids

Sweet, super cute and delicious – these fun Fruit Salads with Citrus Dressing are really easy to make and look fantastic. It doesn’t matter what kind of fruit you use, so choose your favourites and start chopping!

Healthy Kids Party Food Butterflies Fresh Fruit on a Stick
Butterflies Fresh Fruit on a Stick by Kiddie Foodies

I’m not usually your fruit shapes kind of parent. Don’t have the time, don’t have the patience, and it seems kind of wasteful – what do you do with the fruit that doesn’t fit the shape? But these Butterflies on a Stick are so pretty, and you could easily just freeze the rest of the fruit for smoothies.

Healthy Kids Party Food Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares
Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares by Wholesome Cook

Salted caramel popcorn is a perfect sweet treat for a party, and I love that they’re dairy free, gluten free and vegan. Ideal to take as a treat if you’re visiting, too.

Healthy Kids Party Food Fruit Sushi
Fruit Sushi by Super Healthy Kids

How gorgeous is this fruit sushi! I’m dying to make this, even if my kids won’t eat it. (Both my kids loathe bananas – of all the fruits to dislike!). All the more for me, then. Oh, go on then, and the other kids at the party!

Healthy Kids Party Food Vegetable Fritters
Vegetable Fritters by Taste

Veggie fritters see a lot of action at my place. They’re perfect to make ahead, freeze and then warm up when you need them. Dollop on some yoghurt, add some chilli sauce and Bob’s your uncle. Great for lunch boxes as well as parties.

Healthy Kids Party Food Muffin Chicken Pot Pie
Mini Muffin Chicken Pot Pie by Super Healthy Kids

So easy that kids can make them, and they’ll freeze well, too. Mini Muffin Chicken Pot Pies can be warmed in the oven just before you serve. And let me tell you, they beat party pies hands down!

Healthy Kids Party Food Chicken Dippers
Chicken Dippers by Good To Know

These Chicken Dippers use potato chips to give them that extra crunch. Not something I’d make every day, but absolutely perfect for a party.

Healthy Kids Party Food Hawaiian Pizza Pops
Hawaiian Pizza Pops by Taste

I had a larger version of these a few months back, and they were so good that I stuffed myself unashamedly. I’ve been looking for a recipe ever since! How good do these Hawaiian Pizza Pops look?

Healthy Kids Party Food Flavoured Waters
Flavoured Waters by The Yummy Life

I make flavoured fruit waters whenever we have friends over. My kids’ favourites are strawberry and mint, and lemon and basil. They’re so good, and so refreshing. Just infuse the fruit for a couple of hours beforehand, and top up with water and ice as guests arrive.

Healthy Kids Party Food Homemade Lemonade
Homemade Lemonade by Divas Can Cook

The last time I made homemade lemonade like this, I got distracted and burnt the lemons to a blackened pile. Yes, lemonade is easy to make. No, don’t wander off and get started on a load of washing. Or if you do, set yourself a timer! And then you’ll have deliciously tangy lemonade for your party.

Tell us – what’s your favourite healthy kids party food?

Mama Body Tea: A Guide to The Blends

mama body tea organic herbal tea blends

mama body tea organic herbal tea blends

Mama Body Tea is the brainchild of Melbourne mums and best friends Jessica Spencer and Jessica O’Brien. They were looking for natural products to help them with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and enlisted the help of naturopath Anne Cousins. Together, they came up with this lovely range of organic tea blends.

We’re loving Mama Body Teas! Here’s why:

  • naturopath blended teas
  • all organic ingredients
  • all caffeine free
  • no flavours or sugar added
  • can be drunk hot or cold
  • loose leaf tea for the best quality
  • 28 servings per pouch

I’ve just starting stocking these delicious teas at Hello Charlie, and I thought it would be helpful to give you a run down of which tea to drink when.

Which Mama Body Tea should you choose?

Morning Wellness tea: any time, by anyone, but especially good in the first trimester to help with morning sickness

Soothing tea: any time, by anyone, and especially good in the last trimester when you’re feeling full all the time

Raspberry leaf blend: avoid in the first trimester, great in the last trimester to help prepare for labour and birth. Also good post birth, and for general female reproductive health.

Mama’s Milk: after birth to help with milk supply and breastfeeding.

Baby Bliss: especially good for breastfeeding mums to help a colicky and windy baby. Good for anyone at any time, especially if you’re feeling stressed or before bed to help sleep.

Mama Body Tea morning wellness organic tea blendMorning Wellness

Ingredients: ginger root, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile flower and meadowsweet (all organic)

You can drink Morning Wellness tea any time to help with upset tummy or feelings of nausea, but it’s especially good in the first trimester to help relieve morning sickness during early stages of pregnancy.

Drink it morning, noon and night!

Mama Body Tea Soothing blend organic teaSoothing tea

Ingredients: peppermint leaf, ginger root, fennel seed, rose hip shells and marshmallow root (all organic)

Soothing tea can be drunk at any time, by anyone! It’s ideal to drink towards the end of pregnancy, when you’re starting to feel full all the time. It will help your digestion and help to ease that bloated feeling. Soothing tea will make life a little more comfortable for heavily pregnant mamas.

This refreshing tea is perfect for anyone to drink after meals to help soothe and calm your digestion. It’s caffeine free, as are all the teas from Mama Body Tea, so you can drink it at any time of the day or night.

Mama Body Tea Raspberry Leaf blend organic teaRaspberry leaf blend

Ingredients: raspberry leaf, peppermint and stinging nettle leaf (all organic)

Raspberry leaf tea should be avoided during the first trimester, but is super helpful during the third trimester and post birth. Drinking Mama Body Tea’s Raspberry leaf blend during the third trimester will help prepare your uterus and your body for birth.

After you’ve had your baby, drink Raspberry leaf blend to help decrease uterine swelling and cut down on post partum bleeding.

Raspberry leaf tea is rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. It’s helpful for the health of women’s reproductive systems, so you can drink it at any time if you’re not pregnant.

A warning on raspberry leaf tea. Herbal teas can be very powerful, and it’s always best to consult your healthcare professional before you take herbal remedies. Don’t drink it until your third trimester, and then only drink 3 cups per day.

Mama Body Tea Mama's Milk Breastfeeding TeaMama’s Milk

Ingredients: fenugreek seed, goats rue, fennel seed, caraway seed, spearmint leaf, aniseed, marshmallow root (all organic)

The Mama’s Milk tea has been blended especially to help increase your breast milk supply and promote a healthy milk flow. It helps assist you with breastfeeding, and also helps with digestion and to ease colic and wind symptoms in babies.

The naturopath blended ingredients include fenugreek seed, goats rue and fennel seeds, which are all known for their assistance with milk production, while spearmint, caraway and aniseed help with colic and wind, and marshmallow root helps with digestion for mums and babies.

The Mama’s Milk tea is fragrant and nourishing for all breastfeeding mums to enjoy.

Mama Body Tea Baby Bliss Colic Blend TeaBaby Bliss tea

Ingredients: fennel seed, chamomile flower, caraway seed and aniseed (all organic)

Baby Bliss tea can be drunk at any time, by any one. It’s a lovely calming cup of tea, and is ideal when you’re feeling stressed or need help to relax before getting to sleep.

Mama Body Tea’s organic Baby Bliss tea blend is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and C, Thiamine and Zinc. It can help settle and comfort your baby if they’re restless with colic, wind or teething.

While adults can drink this tea like any other tea, babies and toddlers have different recommendations:

  • from 2 weeks to 3 months – give baby 20ml per day
  • from 3 to 6 months – give baby 20-40ml per day
  • from 6 to 12 months – give baby 40-60ml per day
  • from 12 to 18 months – give your toddler 100ml per day
  • from 18 months onwards – you can give your toddler 250ml per day

Herbal tea isn’t a substitute for breastmilk or formula, and it isn’t a remedy or a drug. Please consult your healthcare practitioner about the advisability of giving it to your baby or toddler, and check the recommended quantities. Always serve it lukewarm to cold (never hot!), and you can use a dropper, a bottle or a sippy cup.

You can browse the range of Mama Body Tea at Hello Charlie.

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8 Yummy, Vitamin Packed Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

healthy smoothies kids will love

Healthy Smoothies for KidsHealthy smoothies for kids can be a great way of getting some good nutrition into even the most reluctant of eaters. My kids love smoothies these days! I’ve got one who is not a breakfast fan, and it’s all I can do to get him to eat something before he walks out the door in the morning. But he’ll take a smoothie with him to drink on the bus.

I’ve got another child who loves breakfast, but won’t eat much lunch. He comes home starving and grumpy, and unable to recognise that he’s hungry. A quick, healthy smoothie gets him set up and ready to go for after school activities.

I’m not much of a breakfast fan, either, but I know if I don’t have anything that I’ll be crashing by 10am. And I’m a working mother, so I’m often rushing out the door, smoothie in hand to be drunk on the go for the school and office run.

Even my husband has got in on the act, and is great at keeping our freezer stocked with ready chopped frozen bananas, and packs of frozen organic berries for easy smoothie making. We always have plain yoghurt in the fridge, and I’ve managed to add extra protein, like nuts and nut butters, and even chia seeds into the list of acceptable smoothie additions. The one thing I haven’t managed to convince them on is that you don’t need sweeteners, but at least I’ve managed to restrict that to honey or maple syrup.

If you haven’t given smoothies a go at your place, why not try one of the delicious options below? And even if you’re into smoothies already, these might give you a few delicious new ideas!

Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe by 3 Boys and a Dog
Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe by 3 Boys and a Dog

This easy strawberry smoothie from 3 Boys and a Dog is pretty simple, but it’s packed with fresh fruit, protein, fibre, and nutrients. It’s not just healthy, though, it’s delicious and even the most unadventurous of kids will love this smoothie.

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Smoothie by Will Cook For Smiles
Peaches and Cream Breakfast Smoothie by Will Cook For Smiles

I love this simple peaches and cream breakfast smoothie from Will Cook for Smiles. And while the recipe calls for non fat vanilla yoghurt, I’d be more inclined to go for a full fat, probiotic natural yoghurt and add some extra vanilla to the mix. Scrumptious!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Yummy Healthy Easy
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Yummy Healthy Easy

What kid (or big kid!) doesn’t love the peanut butter and banana combo? And if you take Yummy Healthy Easy‘s advice and add a bit of chocolate or cacao to the mix, you can make it even yummier!

 

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie by Oh My Veggies
Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie by Oh My Veggies

I’m a huge fan of the raspberry and chocolate mix, so this smoothie from Oh My Veggies is right up my alley. I’m not big on flavoured milks, so I’d be more inclined to go with plain milk and add my own cacao or vanilla. And the chia seeds in this will keep you full until lunchtime.

Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats
Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats

Okay, so we’re not talking strictly smoothie here with this Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats, but this combo is so good that I had to include it. Chocolate and avocado, I hear you say? Trust me, this is one super yummy mix!

Apple Strawberry Smoothie by Gimme Delicious
Apple Strawberry Smoothie by Gimme Delicious

The most delicious of combinations are not always ones that you’d think of. Apple and strawberry in a smoothie? But it works so well together, that I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. Thanks, Gimme Delicious!

Coconut Raspberry Chia Smoothie Recipe by Super Healthy Kids
Coconut Raspberry Chia Smoothie Recipe by Super Healthy Kids

When you’re using chia seeds in a recipe, you do need to soak them a little beforehand. I find that 15 minutes is plenty, so I usually mix up my chia seeds and head for the shower. When I’m showered, I start whizzing the smoothie up. This recipe calls for overnight soaking, and if you want a really smooth smoothie, that’s probably a good idea. I love the flavour combinations of raspberries, coconuts and chia in this smoothie from Super Healthy Kids.

Mango Avocado Smoothie by Eat Yourself Skinny
Mango Avocado Smoothie by Eat Yourself Skinny

I have a pile of mangoes in my freezer from a school fundraiser, so what better way to use them up than in a smoothie? This yummy smoothie from Eat Yourself Skinny adds avocado, orange juice and mint to the mango mix. I’d probably add a whole peeled orange to this, because we never have juice at home. Plus you’d be getting the extra fibre from the whole fruit. I’m loving the addition of the mint, too!

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Are you and your kids smoothie fans? What’s your favourite combo? Share in the comments below!

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How to make your own chai tea

How to make your own chai
How to make your own chai

I have to admit it – I’m obsessed with Chai at the moment. I was never a fan, but then a friend took me to a Chai tent where they made their own chai rather than using pre-made teabags. I’ve had teabag chai before, and I wasn’t impressed. It tasted dusty and stale and generally blurgh. However, to the Chai Tent – the day was cold and grey and wet, and it really felt like winter was on the way. A perfect day for a hot cup of chai.

So I had a cup, and it was delicious. Spicy and warming. I was instantly smitten, and decided I’d work out how to make it when I got home.

We cook a lot of Indian at home, so I was pretty sure we’d have all the ingredients.

Sure enough, we did. Now I know that not everyone will have these just sitting around, but it’s very easy to buy them in the supermarket these days.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 3-5 black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 thick slices fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of tea leaves, or 3 teabags

Crush all the ingredients except the tea, in a mortar and pestle to release the flavours. Bring 1 litre of water to the boil in a saucepan, then pop in all the crushed ingredients. Boil for around ten minutes, then add the tea and boil for a further couple of minutes.

At this stage you can add 250mls of milk if you’d like, then bring everything to boil. I prefer not to do this as you get a skin on the chai (especially with full fat milk).

Pour the chai into a cup through a strainer, add warm milk if you want, and voila! You have deliciously spicy, warming homemade chai.

You can keep any leftover chai and warm it up later, or I’ve found that it goes brilliantly in a flask for later in the day.

Enjoy!

 

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