Throwing a kiddie party doesn’t mean you have to serve junk food. It doesn’t mean you have to serve bland fare, either. It’s certainly possible to whip up treats for tots that are both healthy and flavourful. And it’s certainly possible for children to have a fun time while munching on nutritious snacks.

Here are a few tasty ideas that will have children going back for seconds. Most of these recipes have minimal prep times and some don’t even require cooking.

Party Animals
Children love animals, so any food that’s shaped like critters is sure to be a hit. These apple turtles are really cute and easy to make and need only three ingredients. You can ask your child to help you put the pieces together and turn the prepping process into a bonding session. Apple turtles are a great way to get youngsters to eat more fruit.

Chill Out
Another way to entice children to increase their fruit intake is to serve yummy fruit slushies. These are also very easy to make and you can get creative with the fruit combinations and come up with your own flavours. All you need are frozen fruit, fruit juice, and a blender. Fruit slushies are fantastic for any party but especially for hot summer kids’ parties.

Hidden Veggies
Now that fruit has been taken care of, you’re probably wondering if you can get children to eat vegetables at a party. The answer is yes! Sneak some veggies into the menu with these vegetable fritters. Make them just the right size for small hands and they’ll be gone in no time.

Roll ‘Em Up
Sushi rolls are another fun way to encourage kids to eat their veggies. This recipe uses cucumber and avocado, but it’s pretty versatile and you can add other vegetables such as carrots, eggplant, bell pepper, and mushrooms. You can also substitute the rice with quinoa for a really healthy treat.

From Root to Chip
Rather than offering store-bought chips, make your own using potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets. Kids will surely enjoy the different colors and textures. To make this recipe healthier, bake the chips instead of deep frying them.

Healthy Sweets
Ditch the the candy and try these energy balls to satisfy kids’ sweet teeth. These nutritious little bites are made with figs, almonds, cashews, puffed rice, sesame seeds, tahini, and maple syrup. Adults will love them, too.