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Birthdays are the time to enjoy!! Your kids’ dream for this day is a lot of friends, lots of gifts, good food, and laughter. And your dream is to make them happy.

The foremost thing that occupies your mind is the menu for the birthday party.

Bowls full of chips, fries, pakoras, Manchurian etc. are the common food items for the birthday party. Also, you can assign this task to the caterers and then forget what they cook and how they cook.

But, aren’t these food items costing you the health of your kid and the other kids that join the party?

A Birthday Party does not mean an Unhealthy Party. Birthday party food ideas can be yummy and healthy at the same time. Birthdays are not an excuse to let your child feed on unhealthy food.

So, let me give you some yummy birthday party food ideas (along with their recipes) to indulge your kids into healthy eating with a style.

Birthdays are not an excuse for your child to feed upon unhealthy food. Here are 5 simple birthday party snacks that are yummy, healthy, and easy to prepare

 

 

Bonus: These finger foods are no mess foods too.

Crispy Beetroot and Amla Tikkis

The dish is filled with the unique goodness of beetroot and amla. With an attractive pink colour and a crunchy taste, this bowl is bound to be finished first. So, make sure you make ample of this perfect summer dish.

beetroot-amla-tikki

Source: https://www.idiva.com

 

Ingredients:

Serves: 8 tikkis

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

  • 2 beetroots, boiled, peeled, and mashed
  • 6 amlas or Indian Gooseberries, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 potatoes, boiled, peeled, and mashed
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil
  • Fresh coriander

Method:

  1. Take one tablespoon oil in a pan and sauté finely chopped onion till light brown.
  2. Add mashed beetroot and mix. Let the mixture dry out a little. Keep stirring to avoid burning.
  3. Add green chillies, red chilli powder, lemon juice, garam masala, and salt.
  4. Add potatoes and amla and mix.
  5. Remove from heat. Cool the mixture and refrigerate for about an hour.
  6. Take the mixture out and divide it into round balls of equal size.
  7. Apply little oil to your hand and give each ball the shape of small tikkis or patties. You can also use a cookie cutter to give shapes.
  8. Shallow fry the tikkis on a tava on low heat and roast them nicely on both the sides until golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh coriander.

Nutritional Value per serving:

Energy: 277 calories

Protein: 2 gm

Fat: 5 gm

Fibre: 7 gm

Vitamin C: 200 mg

Guacamole

An amazing side dish which you can use instead of ketchup and chutneys. Loaded with the richness of avocados and a tangy flavour, this dip can be used with pakoras or chips, if served. Nachos are a perfect companion to this dish.

guacamole-dip

Source: https://www.tastemade.com

 

Ingredients:

Serves: 1 bowl

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted (Avocado seed removed), and mashed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch black pepper, ground
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Coriander

Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados into a pulp.
  2. Add chopped onion and tomato and mix.
  3. Add lime juice, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Sprinkle fresh coriander on the top and serve. You can also store it in a refrigerator to make a cold dip.

Nutritional Value per serving:

Calories: 262 calories

Fat: 22.2 gm fat of which cholesterol and saturated fats are 0%

Protein: 3.7 gm

Sodium: 596 mg

Sesame Soya Tikki/ Cutlet

We all get bored with eating a simple potato tikki; even kids do. So, this tikki will bring freshness to your menu. Nutrient-dense soya mixed with calcium-rich sesame gives your child the crunch and the nutrition he needs.

sesame-soya-tikki

Source: https://www.pinterest.co.uk

 

Ingredients:

Serves: 8 tikkis

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

  • ¼ cup soya granules softened in warm water and drained dry
  • 1 cup potatoes, boiled, peeled, and mashed.
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh beans
  • ¼ cup peas, boiled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli paste (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sesame seeds for rolling
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Mix the soya granules with potato, carrot, peas, and beans.
  2. Add all the spices (green chilli paste, ginger, salt, lemon juice, and sugar)
  3. Mix all the ingredients to form a dough.
  4. Make balls from the dough and give them the shape of a tikki or cutlet. You can also use a cookie cutter.
  5. On a non-stick pan, take 2 tablespoon oil and shallow fry the tikkis until golden brown.
  6. Take sesame seeds on a plate and roll the tikkis so that the seeds stick to them.
  7. Serve immediately with chutney or ketchup or guacamole.

Nutritional Value per serving:

Calories: 63 calories

Fat: 3 gm

Protein: 5 gm

Vitamin A: 120 mcg

Calcium: 10.4 gm

Broccoli Fritters

A festive appetiser in itself, broccoli fritters (Broccoli pieces dipped in batter and fried) offer a huge amount of vitamins and minerals along with antioxidants. This is the best way to feed your children greens. In the company of other kids and a playful mood, a child eats this snack without a scowl.

broccoli-fritters

Source: https://smittenkitchen.com

 

Ingredients:

Serves: 6 fritters

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup paneer, grated
  • 2 tablespoons maida/ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Boil or steam broccoli to make them tender. Chop them and set aside.
  2. Combine egg, egg white, paneer, maida, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well to get a smooth batter.
  3. Dip broccoli pieces in the batter and make irregularly shaped fritters with hands.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil on a non-stick pan. Add fritters on the pan and press them to flatten. Cook on low flame until golden brown.
  5. Serve them hot.

Nutritional Value per serving:

Calories: 129 calories

Fat: 3 gm

Protein: 8 gm

Sodium: 334 mg

Fibre: 3 gm

No bake Nutella Bars

A birthday party is incomplete without sweets and so is your kid’s tummy. But every sweet dish doesn’t have to begin with chocolate and end up in the oven. You can try these easy-to-make bars that carry the goodness of oats and Nutella.

nutella-bottle

Source: amazon.com

 

Ingredients:

Serves: 16 square pieces, medium size

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

  • 120 gm Butter
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups instant oats
  • Sprinklers of your choice

Method:

  1. Line a baking tray with butter and set aside. You can use baking paper as well.
  2. Melt butter on low flame in a saucepan and add sugar, cocoa, and milk. Mix them together and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add Nutella, vanilla extract, and oats to form a thick consistency mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture in the baking tray and flatten it with the back of a spoon. Scatter sprinklers of your choice. You can add nuts if your kids like the crunch.
  5. Refrigerate for 3 hours until its set. Take out and cut it into pieces.
nutella-bars

Source: https://www.thegunnysack.com

Nutritional Value per serving:

Calories: 128 calories

Fat: 4.2 gm

Protein: 3 gm

Fibre: 6 gm

 

These are some small-scale birthday party food ideas to make you a super mom in front of the kids. They are easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to clean up and even store for later use. You can try them sans party as well when you are having “Us” time with the kids.

Did you try these recipes? What were your kid’s reactions? Do you have any other healthy food ideas for a birthday party? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dr Vinita Vashist

Hi, I am Dr Vinita, a homoeopathic medical professional and a post-graduate in Dietetics and Nutrition. Intrigued by the role of diet in one’s health, I share my ideas and knowledge on this blog to help parents understand the important nutrients required for their child’s health, which they cannot substitute later in life. It will help you and I understand the basic problem of today’s generation regarding nutrition and how can you inculcate healthy eating habits in your child.

4 Comments

Ashvini Naik · July 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm

This healthy recipe list is impressive & I’m going to try some of them very soon.

    Dr Vinita Vashist · July 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hello Ashvini. Thank you for your comment. I am sure you will find these recipes equally nourishing and tasty. Do let us know your kid’s input. 🙂

amirsarb · September 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Great Idea, thanks for this post 👍

    Dr Vinita Vashist · September 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Thank You Amirsarb for the read.

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