School Birthday Snacks That Won't Irk Healthy Moms
It's back to school night and a mom in back raises her hand to ask what to bring for birthday snacks. This didn't use to be an issue, but now with peanut allergies, gluten sensitivities, celiacs, lactose intolerances, etc etc. what on earth can we bring these kids? Then there's the bright idea from the teacher to bring popsicles, and I'm just hoping they won't be colored with red dye #40 and yellow #5. Last year we tried to get creative and these were the top 3 chosen by my children for "healthy enough" school birthday snacks that won't irk healthy moms. I may want to add there are two more criteria. I didn't want it to cost a fortune because these are school aged children and half of them are going to waste anything you bring regardless of what it is. Finally, it could not take a lot of time, because frankly who has time anymore when your kids are in grade school.
So here they are, please give them a try and if you have a better idea, I would LOVE to see your ideas in the comments below.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Need I say more. Melt a bag of dark chocolate, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, chocolate chips and dip a berry. Let them dry on parchment paper or refrigerate them till morning, it is so easy a kinder can manage. These are the perfect size for a school birthday snack and pretty to boot.
Maple Carmel Popcorn
My husband came up with this recipe and it is to die for. It does not use sugar, yay, a super healthy boost. With butter and maple syrup, this popcorn is easy to make the night before and keep in plastic bags. Then my daughter scooped out little paper bags during recess and felt super privileged to share her special maple carmel popcorn.
Did you know there is a business that sells fruit on a stick and charges a lot of money for it. It's a great idea really, to send a floral fruit bouquet. But I guarantee you it's a heck of a lot cheaper to buy some fruit and watch your child have a blast poking the fruit onto spears. Let them practice math with their patterns, or slicing skills and remember to make mistakes. Because that is what culinary skills are all about.
I think the most important part is not to make these birthdays a competition. Do that on your own time at your own mega party. As for school, let the kids take control and put together their best simple treats as long as they are healthy birthday snacks that won't piss off healthy moms.