A fruit rainbow is an easy way to get your kids (and you) excited about eating a variety of fruit full of nutrients and perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Some days getting the kids to eat nutritious food is a piece of cake (especially if I bake it in a cake). Other days, it’s like pulling teeth.
I’ve learned a few tricks along my motherhood journey and one is to give into their love of SNACKS! If I took every meal and deconstructed it into a snack, I wouldn’t want to pull my hair out around dinner.
One of my favourite tricks is Dinner Platters – well, really ANY meal of the day can be made into a platter. Instead of planning out a meal that they likely will pick at I put out big platter with fruits, veggies, and other goodies like olives, Love Child Organics snacks, and cheese.
Enter the Fruit Rainbow, just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a fun and easy way to encourage your kids (and probably yourself) to eat more fruit, which is packed full of great nutrients. Bonus: there will be zero complaints about what you made!
Making a fruit rainbow is SO simple it doesn’t need instructions or an ingredient list. But here’s what I did:
- Choose a variety of colourful fruit, even veggies if you’d like – my broccoli didn’t photograph well 😛
- Peel, rinse, and dice the fruit into bite sizes, if needed.
- Arrange the fruit starting with the smallest colour (I started with blue and used blueberries and blackberries).
- Build the rainbow shape using one colour for each band – you can use different fruit of the same colour in a band like I did with strawberries & raspberries for red and kiwi & grapes for green to introduce a variety of nutrients.
- I used babybel cheese to make fun cloud shapes to add a little bit of protein!
I made this for a family party knowing the kids would be so excited to see each other they wouldn’t want to sit down and eat dinner. What I didn’t expect (and maybe should have) was that MY kids would eat the whole things before anyone arrived!