Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: Unique Alternatives to Traditional Party Snacks

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healthy-party-foodIf you're throwing a party and someone in the family has a food allergy, or if you or a guest is on a special diet, you might consider coming up with tasty alternatives to traditional party snacks like cake and cupcakes. It just takes a little creativity and ingenuity to craft something unique that will have everyone praising the host.

Go Healthy

Just because you're celebrating doesn't mean you have to fall off the wagon in terms of your diet. Instead, put out healthy alternatives to junk food that are still yummy but won't make you feel guilty the next morning. The Food Network suggests a fresh fruit salad with honey vanilla yogurt. Cube up your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and grapes, and throw in some raspberries and blueberries too. Mix equal parts plain yogurt with honey and a splash of vanilla extract. Serve this mixture on the side for an extra kick of flavor. This is ideal for kids’ parties when you want to provide some nutrition that they'll actually be willing to eat.

Get Fancy

Martha Stewart suggests the Provencal Cake, inspired by the French, which layers crottin cakes shaped like goat cheeses, stacked one on top of the other to resemble a tiered cake. Add in some Queen Anne's lace, rosemary, lavender, and oregano as garnish to bring out the look of the French countryside, and this cake will be perfect for a quaint wedding. With its signature layers of scalloped lemon cookies coupled with mascarpone cream, try a lemon icebox wedding cake. Start from the bottom and work your way up, layering the thin and sweet cookies with the cream, and top it off with candied lemon slices. This is great for kids and adults who may be picky eaters—they'll love the irresistible design and the opportunity to take it all apart, layer by layer.

Bring on the Fun

Some kids just don't like birthday cake, so why force it on them? Instead, try something fun and unique like candy sushi, says Today's Parent. Simply make up some batches of rice cereal marshmallow squares, cut them into small rectangles, add in some gummy worms and red licorice, and then roll the rice squares around the candy tightly. Wrap the sushi with fruit leather, and then slice them up into small rolls.

Kids love cookies, so why not try a giant cookie cake? Get out one roll of pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, roll it out into a large circle, bake it, then serve to the little ones once it’s cool. Let them have it at with icing, sprinkles, and candies to make their own masterpieces.

If you have a chocolate lover in the house, try chocolate pizza. Bake a pizza crust as usual, and then spread hazelnut chocolate spread over it, adding chocolate chips and hazelnuts on top. Pop it back in the oven till the chips melt, and then let the pizza cool. Top it off with brightly colored fruit to make a truly unique alternative to cake.

 

This article was provided by Samantha Greenbaum, health-conscious party-throwing mother of two. If you're thinking of throwing a family costume party with all those healthy snacks, why not dress up your baby by visiting www.BuyCostumes.com. 

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