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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tropical Fruit Boats

Making food interesting to a picky eater takes patience and creativity. My son Roo is going through the phase of eating only specific foods (chicken fingers, applesauce, yogurt, cheese quesadillas). I am trying to help him experience a variety of food and enjoy eating it... Which hasn't gone well... If he lays eyes on cucumbers, he will hide. When I eat carrots, he cries for me to stop...

I am taking the approach of healthy eating to a new level by making food fun.

What could be more fun and appealing than this Tropical Fruit Boat?






Ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup blueberry or grape juice
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup watermelon cubes (1/2-inch)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple cubes (1/2-inch)
  • 1 cup mango cubes (1/2 inch)
  • 2 fruit roll-up sheets, any flavor
  • 4 thin pretzel sticks, each 4 inches long
Directions:
  1. In each of 4 shallow bowls, place ½-cup blueberries and 3 tablespoons juice.
  2. Cut each banana in half crosswise on a diagonal, then split halves lengthwise.
  3. In the center of each bowl, arrange 2 banana slices to form the sides of the “boat.”
  4. Evenly divide the watermelon, pineapple and mango in the banana boats.
  5. To make the boat “sails,”: on a cutting board, lay one fruit roll-up sheet over the other and press together; cut the double layer into 4 triangles.
  6. Make 3 small cuts along one edge of each triangle; thread onto pretzel sticks.
  7. Push the pretzel sail into a fruit cube.
  8. Serve immediately.


Thanks to my pals at the Blueberry Council for supplying the recipe and image.

13 comments:

  1. I love this idea! It is delicious and a fun treat! Terrific for a party!
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  2. gotta love when you can play with your food and then eat it :)

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  3. This is such a great idea, I've pinned it to use for my boys.
    Visiting on behalf of The Multitasking Mummy, thank you for linking up on Mummy Mondays :)

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  4. So cute. I am thinking future pirate party. Thanks for sharing on Tips and Tricks. Pinned.

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  5. Very cute! My 4 year old would LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing at the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party!

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  6. That's so cute! We've been having very similar situations at our house with our almost 2 year old, so I have been trying to find ways to encourage him to eat.

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  7. This is so cute!! AND easy to put together, which is a necessity for me. Pinning it, my kids will love it. Found you through the Monday Funday link party on Merry About Town!

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  8. Great recipe. Thanks for the share at the #WWDParty!

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  9. This is adorable, Sara! Such a yummy idea for a healthy snack!

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  10. OH my gosh this is so so cute!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post with us http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/07/centerpiece-wednesday-linky-party.html
    Karin

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  11. Truly adorable! I featured it at this week's Project Inspire{d}, thanks so much for linking up!

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  12. How fun! My kids will really enjoy this! Thanks for sharing!

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