Healthy Birthday Cakes and Treats Children Love

Healthy Birthday Cakes and Treats Children Love

Birthdays are all about being treated and celebrating your little one’s special day—in moderation, of course! Read on to learn how you can change up your birthday party menu to be nutritious and delicious for everyone.

When it comes to celebrating your child's birthday, it might be tempting to serve the most delectable, decadent treat available. But for a growing child who needs lots of nutrients, it might be wise to rethink classic birthday treats. Find out how to create a festive, healthful, and delicious birthday menu with these tips:

Better-for-you Cake Ideas

Here are some swap-out ingredients and suggestions that are better for you and your little one. Keep these in mind if you’re creating your own cake for the party.

Ingredient Swap Ideas

• 1/3 all-purpose flour can be replaced by whole wheat flour
• Apple butter can replace about 1/3 of regular butter
• Instead of 3 whole eggs, use 2 whole eggs and one egg white
• Neufchatel can be used instead of full-fat cream cheese
• Light sour cream can be used in place off regular sour cream

Full Cake Replacement Ideas

• Oatmeal cake
• Banana bread
• Vegetable breads (carrot, pumpkin, and zucchini)
• Cakes including beets, potatoes, or sweet potatoes

Dips Abound

Dips and sauces are fun for toddlers, but may get a little messy. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing—as long as your little one is eating healthily, you’re making progress!

Sweet Dips
• Applesauce
• Sour cream flavored with all-fruit spread or pureed fruits
• Mashed bananas with or without berries and ricotta

• Cream cheese lightened with milk
• Guacamole
• Small curd cottage cheese
• Hummus
• Creamy salad dressings
• Cooked and pureed vegetables

Healthy Foods to Dip
• Cheese
• Fruit
• Cooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower)
• Cucumbers
• Graham crackers
• Whole-grain breads
• Small chunks or rolled-up slices of chicken or turkey

Shake It Up

Smoothies have moved beyond just fruit — many now include vegetables too. These nutrient-packed drinks are a great way to add veggies to a delicious treat. If your little one loves smoothies, add some of these ingredients for a nutrient boost:

• Avocado
• Spinach
• Cooked carrots
• Kale
• Parsley
• Cucumber

If your toddler is using a sippy cup, smoothies can be thinned out with milk or water. (If the smoothie is very thick it can be served in a bowl with a spoon.)

Food “Face Time”

Make a face with food! Use food as “paint” and the plate as your canvas. Make the face as basic or elaborate as you want—but just eyes and a mouth can speak volumes. You can even dress it up with noodle hair, veggie earrings, or an oatmeal mustache!
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Lauren 10/5/2015

Plan to do a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Not all that healthy but better than chocolate.

Celebrate with fruit instead 8/18/2015

I'd just complile a big "cake" composed entirely from fruit put together in some nice shape.

Thank you

TJ 7/31/2015

I've been looking for new ideas on snakes and getting my LO to eat more veggies. I'm thankful to find some new dipping ideas. Also I made my LO first cake with agave, instead of sugar, and I'm learning how to use Stevia (its is derived from a plant leaf) now for cookies and other sweets. I think reducing refined white sugar is a good idea, and they taste good too.

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