The Kids Menu is super excited to be launching a new recipe collection - Healthy Kids Parties, and to celebrate the Peppercorn Food Company have given us a great prize pack to Giveaway (Entre here).
This new collection features both savoury and sweet Healthy Birthday Party Recipes, birthday cakes ideas, active party games, and suggestions for healthy prizes and totes.
Birthday parties are a great opportunity to help children develop positive, happy and enjoyable associations with a healthier selection of food and similarly work to break associations with chips, lollies and soft drinks as foods to be preferred.
According to data presented through The Healthy Kids Association, 50 - 60% of New South Wales kids are rewarded for good behaviour with sugary foods.
"Rewarding children with “occasional” foods (such as lollies, chocolates and chips), teaches them that these foods are something to be coveted and desired, while also sending the message that healthy food is a punishment! This can create negative views of nutritious foods that can affect a child for the rest of their life." - The Healthy Kids Association
So let's bring on some healthy options at birthday parties and change the idea that 'healthy' foods are boring, yuck and uncool.
Check out this amazing story by a pretty amazing kid who hosted a Gutsy Kid's Healthy Party to raise money for GI cancer and don't forget to enter out Healthy Kids Party Competition.
Gutsy kid’s healthy party
8- year-old shakes up party food to raise money for GI cancer research
A gutsy eight-year-old Queenslander has shaken up party food traditions to raise awareness of healthy diet – and raise money for gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research.
Tom Soutar, of Albany Creek north of Brisbane, has held his own healthy food party – replacing sugary and salty snacks with a range of nutritious delights.
Last year Tom became an ambassador for the GI Cancer Institute’s healthy eating initiative, the Gutsy Challenge, after taking the Challenge earlier in the year. He’d been very sick and was amazed how much difference a healthy diet made to his own health.
He wanted to share this discovery with his friends while raising money for research into better ways of treating GI cancers (of the oesophagus, stomach, gall bladder, liver, pancreas and bowel).
Tom thought having a party, which replaced lollies and chips with fruit and vegies, was a good way to get his friends involved.
"I really wanted to show my friends that it’s fun to eat healthy," said Tom. "I also want more kids to do the Gutsy Challenge and to raise more money for GI cancer research."
Tom’s friends and family enjoyed a day of outdoor activities in the local park. Parents made a range of healthy treats including apple smiles, fruit sushi, fruit skewers, cups with hummus dip and vegie sticks, banana and carrot muffins, zucchini and chocolate beetroot slices.
Tom raised $100 at the party, which will help fund clinical trials to find better ways to treat GI cancer.
"GI cancer kills 26 Australians every day - and three people are diagnosed with it every hour," said Russell Conley, Executive Officer, GI Cancer Institute.
"Kids like Tom set a great example. He is passing on an important message to other children, encouraging them to make healthy food choices to avoid illness later in life."
The Gutsy Challenge encourages children to eat two fruit and four vegetables a day for one week whilst raising money for GI cancer research. As they fundraise, they can win great prizes.
Join Tom and the GI Cancer Institute’s fight for a healthier future by taking the Gutsy Challenge. Visit gutsychallenge.com for details.
Nikki is a PhD qualified Nutritionist and an expert in children's eating.