Your child will have fun eating a rainbow of fruit with these colorful and nutrient packed fruit kabobs. This is a great way to get more fruit onto your child’s plate, or introduce a new fruit or one they are still learning to like.
Kids love anything on sticks and these are so much fun to make. Include extra fruit for snacking, and allow your child to thread the fruit in any order they want.
They make a great snack, healthy dessert, and would also be fun for summer BBQs, play dates or birthday parties. Plus, fruit is full of nutrients many children don’t get enough of, such as fiber, vitamin C and potassium.
We used 6 different fruits to make these, but you could make these with one or two types of fruits as well.
RAINBOW FRUIT KABOB MATERIALS
- Fruit of choice
- Wooden skewers: 6 inch ones work well. Click here for the ones we use, my daughter likes them because they have hearts on the end. (If you are worried about your kids poking themselves with the sharp end, cut them off or use cake pops instead.)
EAT A RAINBOW OF FRUITS EVERYDAY
- Every fruit is special: each one contains a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
- Different colored fruits contain different phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are special compounds found in plants that help keep us healthy by lowering inflammation, fighting cancer, and boosting the immune system.
- For maximum health benefits: offer your child a rainbow of fruits throughout the day.
WHICH FRUITS TO INCLUDE IN RAINBOW FRUIT KABOBS
- Serve a new fruit: children are more willing to try a new food if they helped prepare it, so offer a new fruit or one they are learning to like along side some current favorites.
- Get creative: the rainbow fruit kabobs use a fruit from each color of the rainbow (raspberries, tangerines, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and grapes). But feel free to use whatever is in your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with these!
COOKING WITH KIDS TIPS
- Include kids in the preparation: they can help wash, dry and cut up the fruit. However, feel free to prepare the ingredients ahead of time and have your kids assemble the rainbow fruit kabobs.
- Younger kids need extra supervision: the skewers have a pointed side and they may need help threading the fruit. Feel free to cut the point off the skewer or use a cake pop instead.
- Get snacking: cut up extra fruit. Part of the fun is snacking on the fruit while making the rainbow fruit kabobs.
- Give your child free range: allow them to be creative and thread the fruit in any order they wish.
RAINBOW FRUIT KABOB INSTRUCTIONS
Cut up fruit into bite sized pieces, thread the fruit onto the skewer, and enjoy!
SERVING SUGGESTION: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY YOGURT DIP
Rainbow fruit kabobs are great dipped in fortified non-dairy yogurt. Yogurt adds protein and healthy fat to the fiber rich fruit to help keep your little ones full until their next meal.
Flavored yogurt typically contains a lot of added sugars. For a healthy alternative, mash 1/2 cup of strawberries and mix with 1/2 cup of fortified non-dairy yogurt and a teaspoon of maple syrup.
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Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
- 12 raspberries
- 12 tangerine segments
- 12 pineapple pieces
- 12 kiwi slices
- 12 blueberries
- 12 grapes
- Prepare the fruits by washing, drying and chopping as needed.
- Set the fruit out in individual bowls or mix together in a large bowl.
- Have your child thread the fruit onto the skewer.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and serve later.
- Wooden Skewers
- Adorable Aprons (optional): My daughter and I have the mommy and me set and my nieces have the regular kid sized ones.
MORE KID SNACK IDEAS
- Cookie Cutter Watermelon Shapes
- Edible Jewelry: A Fruit & Whole Grain Filled Snack
- Perfectly Crispy Kale Chips
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