It’s 2022 and people are finally becoming aware about all the health problems sugar can cause in the long run. Long back, people assumed that only a few unlucky folks would end up getting diabetes, but with more and more younger people falling prey to the terrible disease, it’s important to take drastic measures and start living and eating healthy from a young age.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to live a tasteless life. There are times when you can have sugar in moderation, and other times where you can find healthier alternatives when you really want to have a sweet snack, like on your loved one’s birthday!
Without further ado, here are 4 birthday party food ideas that taste scrumptious and are a great alternative to foods packed with nothing but sugar – let’s get started.
1. Smoothies for starters
The first thing you guests are going to want to have when they come home for a party is something to drink, especially if the party’s during the day and the climate is humid.
Generally, people tend to buy a bunch of soft drinks like Coke and Fanta, which are filled with nothing but sugar. However, this is your chance to not only make the drink healthy and sugar-free, but also make sure the drink is filling and one-of-a-kind!
Some interesting flavors could include:
- Apple cinnamon with sugar-free caramel sauce
- Mango and avocado
- Strawberry and yogurt
- Muskmelon and cream
Of course, these fruits are seasonal so you’ll have to find different combinations using the fruits available at the moment. The kids will love these, especially if you make swirls on the glass before filling it up with the smoothie.
Additionally, you can add a few healthy options for the adults (who aren’t fans of smoothies) as well. A mint lime cooler or pomegranate juice will do the drink – just be sure to use honey as a sweetener. If you want to go for the healthiest option, there’s nothing comparable to a chilled glass of fresh coconut water!
2. Little bites to snack on
The next urge that people generally give in to is to buy a ton of processed foods for the guests to snack on during the day. However, there’s nothing more dangerous than loading your body with sugar, processed foods, chemicals, and whatnot. Instead, you can go sugar-free by opting to make healthier snack options at home.
Here are some ideas which are not only easy to make but also taste delicious!
- Crunchy coconut balls – this recipe (like all the other recipes we discuss in this blog) can be customized to suit your taste. However, it usually includes coconut shavings, honey as a sweetener, ghee or butter, and cardamom powder for flavor.
- Banana bread balls with nuts – it usually comprises dates, walnuts, butter, coconut flour, vanilla essence, and a very ripe banana.
Of course, don’t forget to also add in some savory snacks for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. And let’s not forget that cheese sticks are a must at every party gathering!
3. The birthday cake
The party won’t be complete without a birthday cake, and this is the trickiest part since it’s hard to have a cake that tastes great but is also sugar-free. However, there are sugar-free cakes that exist – even if they’re not really made with the most healthy ingredients as your fresh drinks and snacks, it’s still a healthier alternative to having a cake packed with sugar and frosting.
At the end of the day, it’s the gathering and fun you have together, so make sure you let loose and enjoy yourself once the cooking’s done. Want to make your loved one’s birthday even more special? You could try creating a great video for them where everyone near and dear gets a chance to wish them the best for the new year!