A Healthier Birthday Party? Get the Kids MOVING!

November is a busy month for us – along with the start of the holidays, multiple sporting tournaments/ meets and after school practices, my son has his birthday.  He always wants a party at our house – which certainly saves a lot of money, but as the boys get older also creates a LOT of craziness!  Luckily, as parents we are a little bit crazy ourselves and do our best to have fun and enjoy the night instead of cringing at the mess! Although it is certainly a good idea to try to keep the food at the party as healthy as possible (without slaving over the stove all day), it’s important to remember that many kids are picky eaters.  So in this area, I tend to limit the sweets (by serving smaller portions and less variety), offer typical kid food like pizza or pretzels, and then just consider the food for the night to be part of our once in a while “not so healthy” meals.  I also serve cut up veggies or a salad to my family before the party begins – I’ve learned through the years not to bother making enough for everyone, I’ve only had one kid take me up on it after dozens of parties.  This way I can feel a little better about the pizza and cake! Where you can REALLY shine in making a party healthier is to incorporate exercise into the evening.  There are so many great ways to do this – from traditional games like tag, soccer or kickball if the weather is nice to relay races, hula hoop contests and fun active...

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