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?

  • 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
  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.


  1. I love this idea! It is delicious and a fun treat! Terrific for a party!
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  2. gotta love when you can play with your food and then eat it :)

  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 :)

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

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

  10. OH my gosh this is so so cute!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post with us

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

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


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