June 2, 2011
Fewer calories and fat in 10-inch pizza than plate of
children’s party food
Parents may be shocked to learn that a
standard plate of children’s party food could be more calorific and
laden with saturated fat than an entire pepperoni pizza.
But our new party pack shows how parents can still lay on
tasty treats without the usual gut-busting nutritional content.
Our colourful and interactive
provides parents and teachers with easy-to-follow
recipes to create party favourites such as mini pizzas,
chocolate buns and jellies with lower amounts of sugar, salt, fat and saturated fat than standard party
The animal themed packs aimed at four to
eight year-olds also come with glossy game cards to inspire a
string of fun games and craft activities to get
the party in full swing, as well as animal invitations and
placemats and a big book of stickers to decorate
Our senior heart health dietitian, Victoria
Taylor, said: “Parties are a time for celebration and treating our
children. But I’m sure few parents would give an entire
10-inch pepperoni pizza to a young child for a
meal. Yet giving them a standard plate of party food means they’d
actually consume more calories and saturated fat.
“It’s not about banning cakes and biscuits, or
serving up a plate of boring vegetables. But many young children
have busy social lives with parties being a regular occurrence. A
few small changes can mean the difference between
them regularly having too much saturated fat, salt and sugar and
instead eating treats that are not only fun and
tasty but much better for them too."
Handy tips and suggestions
Few parents would give an entire 10-inch pepperoni pizza to a young child for a meal
pack includes a handy guide
with tips on how to
prepare food, entertainment and goody bags for children’s parties
as well as colour-coded charts
nutritional content of standard party food and healthier
Suggestions include swapping traditional pizza
slices for ‘muffin monster’ pizzas made with bread
muffin bases. This can cut the amount of calories and salt by two
thirds (calories down from 248 to just 84 and salt lowered from
1.4g per portion to 0.5g). While baking the suggested
‘cocoa cat cake’ has a 80 per cent less saturated
fat per portion compared with a slice of standard chocolate
birthday cake (0.8g compared with 7.1g).
The pack adds to our healthy resources
for children as part of our aim to reverse the increase in
childhood obesity. Around one in five children
in England (22.8%) are overweight or
obese the year they start school.
five year olds, 82 per cent of boys and 86.3 per cent of girls in
England don’t get their five a day in terms of
fruit and vegetables, while a third of children get less than the
recommended amount of physical activity
each week (32%).
The pack costs
£6.99 plus postage and packaging.