By: Sara Emden
Fourth of July (my favorite holiday) is right around the corner! Nothing says “4th of July”, more than a BBQ. Before attending a BBQ, I typically search the Internet for recipes that are both healthy and “patriotic”. While looking up recipes this year, I came across a few for red, white and blue “fruit kabobs”. These recipes not only caught my eye because they were healthful and patriotic, but also easy and fun to make, two of the main factors of a “kid-friendly” recipe. By having kids lend their hands in the kitchen, it gives them a chance to feel like they are contributing to the meal and teaches them first-hand, ways of eating healthier.
The first recipe was taken from “Adventures in Food” blog. They mention these fruit kabobs can be served with an optional side of vanilla low-fat yogurt, melted dark chocolate, or you can even freeze them and make frozen fruit “kabobcicles”.
4th of July Fruit Kabobs
Makes about 12 kabobs
1 pint of strawberries, washed and cut in half or thirds
1 pint of blueberries, washed
2 bananas, cut into slices
12 wooden skewers
1. Wash and cut fruit
2. Assemble skewers by placing a half of a strawberry, then a blueberry, a slice of banana, followed by another blueberry and repeating 3 times for each skewer
3. Serve and enjoy immediately with yogurt, melted chocolate, or just as is
Below is a picture of fruit kabobs that are assembled like the American flag. I thought this was a very fun and creative recipe, and one that children could help assemble!
Below is a picture of a fruit and cheese platter that is shaped like the American flag. Again, this is the same concept as the recipe above. Instead of strawberries, the recipe uses slices of watermelon, and instead of bananas, the “white stripes” of the flag are pieces of low-fat white cheddar cheese. Again, a very creative and fun recipe for kids to make!