KIDS’ PAR­TIES RE­QUIRE A BIT OF PLAN­NING AND PREPA­RA­TION TO EN­SURE ALL AT­TEND­ING ARE CATERED FOR AND NOT LEFT FEEL­ING ALIEN­ATED DUE TO A FOOD INTOLERANCE, OR WORSE A CHILD FALL­ING ILL DUE TO A FOOD AL­LERGY.

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In pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles I have cov­ered food and drink options and a lit­tle re­search the num­ber of chil­dren having al­ler­gies and in­tol­er­ances ever in­creas­ing, it is worth having a look at the back­ground of party foods. Tra­di­tional options are now, for many, no longer an op­tion. It was only two generations ago that in­tol­er­ances were few, so what has hap­pened in that time? Many things have changed, more than just foods, but as this ar­ti­cle is about par­ties and foods, food will be the fo­cus. Wheat, dairy, eggs and su­gar are the ba­sis of many party foods. Two generations ago, cows ate grass and were graz­ing in min­i­mal num­bers per hectare. Two generations generations ago su­gar was un­pro­cessed, sourced from cane, again from large nat­u­ral acreage. Two generations ago, eggs were from your own chooks that were run­ning around feed­ing on what­ever na­ture pro­vided. Two generations masses us­ing the least raw prod­uct. Or, in­deed tech­nol­ogy-cre­ated foods, that is, foods that do not oc­cur nat­u­rally. Oh dear, didn’t that just take the fun out of the party?! Food for thought though! For this gen­er­a­tion, the con­sump­tion of dairy, as an ex­am­ple, means con­sum­ing a prod­uct that may not even be whole milk. It may be hy­dro­genated, stan­dard­ised, ho­mogenised, re­con­sti­tuted and cer­tainly pas­turised. Down line prod­ucts such as cheese and yo­ghurt etc will be also hectare, which also makes it nec­es­sary to sup­ple­ment feed­ing. Stock feeds grains. Stale bread, lol­lies, bis­cuits and chips, for ex­am­ple, that are less than con­sumer per­fect also go into stock feed. The net re­sult of this is that you may have a re­ac­tion to dairy more so from what comes through the milk from what cat­tle are be­ing fed, than the milk it­self. The other food groups men­tioned ear­lier have gone through a sim­i­lar pro­gres­sive change to the point where it is easy to lose sight of the orig­i­nal nat­u­ral food source. So back to the party… Where pos­si­ble, source foods that are ad­di­tive free, key word here. Keep sug­ars to a min­i­mum and hy­dra­tion to a max­i­mum. Throw in some di­ges­tive foods such as paw paw, pa­paya and pineap­ple. Fer­mented foods are a great way to help lit­tle tum­mies cope with party ex­cesses. Dress things up a bit. As an ex­am­ple, serve fresh grape juice gar­nished with mint or sweet lemon in a chilled cock­tail glass (prefer­ably a food grade plas­tic glass). Most im­por­tantly keep it light and fun, with ac­tiv­i­ties that suit the age group you are cater­ing for.

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