Fruits are one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Fruits are a goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Getting children to eat fruits is easy because they are bright in color and
taste great. Fruits are available all season long and they are usually relatively inexpensive. Ideally children should consume at least 1-3 servings of fruit per day depending on their age.
Since fruit is in its natural form contains a lot of water it is easier for the body to process. Our mini fruit and cheese kabob recipe can be flexible. You can allow your child to choose the fruits to thread onto the toothpicks. Making the kabobs is a fun project for children. Some of the fruits that you may
want to choose for the mini kabobs is listed below:.
An apple a day will keep the Doctor away. Apples are a great source of vitamins.
Apples also have a lot of fiber. Apples are rich in vitamins A, C, E and folate.
Apples are available in green, red or yellow skin when ripe. Apples can help in the
reduction of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. They also help with heart
disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E and folate.
*Folate supports red blood cell production and helps prevent anemia. Folates also support
cell production, especially in the skin. Bananas help nerves function properly
Seedless cherries either red or black in color contain anthocyanins that reduce pain &
inflammation. Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems. They have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compound.
Kiwis offer a rich source of vitamins A, C, E, B complex, calcium, iron and folic acid.
The skin of the Kiwi is a good source of flavonoid antioxidants. Flavanoids help keep blood vessels elastic.
Oranges contain vitamin C and immune protecting flavanoids. Oranges provides pectin
and are rich in sodium when ripened in sunshine.
Strawberries are one of the richest sources of vitamin C and fiber. It has high content
of sodium and iron. It helps in whitening of the teeth.
Watermelons are high in mineral content, vitamins and iron.
Healthy Kid Snack – Mini Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
*Fruit of your choice
*Chunks of cheddar cheese cut into 1/2 inch pieces
*Use toothpicks as skewers
*Lay out fruit and cheese on a tray
*Fruit can be strawberries, pineapple chunks, mandarin orange slices, grapes or apple
Allow the children to thread the fruit selection of their choice onto the skewers.
Let them make several that will last throughout the day.
Store remainder of the fruit kabobs in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator
where the children can reach them. Make sure the kids are careful with the toothpicks.
Depending on their age, you may want to let them choose the fruit and cheese they want skewered. You can put the fruit on the toothpick for them