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Foods That Kids Will Love: ABC Fruit Salad

Updated on November 4, 2012

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5 stars from 3 ratings of ABC Fruit Salad

What is an ABC Fruit Salad:

One of the things that parents do in the course of raising children is entice them to eat healthy food. Fruits and vegetables are two of those food groups that are introduced to children when they are around six months old and eating solid food. Sometimes it takes creativity and imagination to prepare the food to interest your toddler.

Here is a cute recipe to help your child discover some healthy food choices and learn what letters these fruits begin with. I call it the ABC Fruit Salad and the fruit can be mixed up in any way you desire, berries or bananas, cranberries or cherries, and of course apples. For my sample here I chose an apple, some blueberries and, since it is no longer the growing season, dried cherries.

It is such a simple recipe to put together: have your toddler or preschooler help you pick out the fruit you will use; wash the fruit; cut it into bite-sized pieces; and serve. It takes less than fifteen minutes to put this nutritious morning or afternoon snack together. Or, serve it at breakfast or as a side dish for lunch.

Suggested Fruit Choices to Mix and Match

Apple
Banana
Cherry
Apricot
Blueberry
Currants
Asian Pear
Blackberry
Cranberry
 
 
 

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Apples, Bananas, Berries, Cranberries, and Cherries...it's the ABC Fruit Salad! One bowl of Fruit Salad ready to please.
Apples, Bananas, Berries, Cranberries, and Cherries...it's the ABC Fruit Salad!
Apples, Bananas, Berries, Cranberries, and Cherries...it's the ABC Fruit Salad! | Source
One bowl of Fruit Salad ready to please.
One bowl of Fruit Salad ready to please. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: per person

Ingredients per child

  • 1 Apple, any variety, bite sized pieces.
  • 1 T blueberries, blackberries or banana, Fresh or frozen, bite sized pieces.
  • 1 T cherries or cranberries, Fresh, frozen or dried

How to make an ABC Fruit Salad

  1. Select the fruit you will use to create the A,B,C sequence. Wash all fruit as needed.
  2. Cut the fruit into bite sized pieces for your child.
  3. Mix together in his favorite bowl and serve with his favorite spoon.
  4. Add a side of peanut butter or yogurt to dip in if desired. Enjoy!

Harris Teeter Frozen Blueberries

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3/4 C
Calories 80
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Important Nutritional Information for Kids

It’s normal for kids to gravitate towards the fruits over the veggies because of the natural sugar in the form of fructose. Fructose is often associated with the problem of obesity in the U.S., but it’s important to eat fruit as part of the daily requirements for the development of strong bodies. The obesity problem increases when the beverages offered to a growing child is fruit juice or soda pop and not milk or water.

To enhance the absorption of nutrients it’s important to eat the fruit in its most natural state-fiber intact whenever possible, such as an unpeeled apple. Or, combine the fruit with a protein, which slows the higher sugar level of the fructose, a simple sugar, into the bloodstream, which will then result in a spike in the blood sugar level. Want a lower glycemic level? To lower the glycemic level of a fruit combine it with peanut butter, cheese slices, or Greek yogurt. Together these foods will enter the bloodstream at a slower rate and be slowly metabolized by the liver.

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Marissa! I know that kids can often resist the 'good' food, so we have to make it fun until they really get into the flavors. :) Thanks for the pinn.

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      SO cute! Fun idea. I am pinning this to my cooking with kids board!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Janine-so glad you enjoyed this hub. It's a fun snack to share with your little ones. Thanks for the vote up and Pinn. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Denise, love this and am pinning to make for my girls. Thanks for sharing and have voted up and shared, too!!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great! It's such a fun way to incorporate healthy eating and learning. :) Thanks for reading.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      My son loves his ABCs and fruit... this is perfect for him ^_^ Wonderful and will be using. voting a bunch!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Rose-thanks for reading. It is yummy.

      Hi Ruby-come to think of it...there's another learning opportunity: colors.

      Ruchira-great! Thanks for reading.

      Hi moutushimakka-very good...I love teaching children in such a natural way.

      Thanks for reading, Vellur-it is very good, even off season when the fruit is from a frozen source.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great idea and a yummy fruit salad. Thanks for sharing this creative idea.

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      Aranya 4 years ago from Lucknow

      It's really good and it works because I do follow this method for my children.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      A creative idea, Dennis.

      Will try it with my kid...much thanks!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a clever idea, and i know kids will love the bright colors..Thank you..

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. I agree that this idea does not have to be exclusively for kids.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Nancy-LOL I hear you...after I took the photos of this I offered it to family members who weren't interested (teenagers!) and ate it up. I'm ready for another. Thanks for reading.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Kids? Great snack for adults too. Kids always like the dipping.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Randi-thanks for being the first to comment on this one. Yes, I figure I may as well kill two birds with one stone!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Fun and yummy! I love it! BTW, way to go, 2 challenges at once! Up and useful!