Healthy Fruit Dips Your Kids Will Love

My kids love fruit but I find that like most things fruit can get boring if I serve it the same way each time. I like to buy local if possible, Michigan farmed if possible and organic when economically feasible. I also enjoy and get a lot of inspiration from the Big Book of Recipes  or Cooking for Baby. Here are a few ways to spruce up the healthy fruit snack:

Good for Your Kids Fruit and Dip

What You Need:
Strawberries, quartered
Watermelon, cubed
Muskmelon, cubed
Grapes
Bananas cut in chunks
Sugar or sugar substitute

1 (8 oz.) pkg. low fat cream cheese, room temperature
1 (6 oz.) container vanilla yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract

How to Make It:

Place the softened cream cheese into a large mixing bowl.

-Add the yogurt and vanilla.

-Mix with an electric mixer on high until smooth.

-Sprinkle in the sugar or sugar substitute and stir until well incorporated.

-Place the fruit decoratively on a plate with the dip as the center attraction.

16 Servings

Fruit of all kinds taste great with this dip.  Use party style toothpicks in the fruit pieces for a more inviting display.

Grilled Fruit and Dip

Healthy Fruit Dips for Kids

What You Need:
1 (8 oz.) container part skim ricotta cheese
1 (16 oz.) pkg. sweetened frozen strawberries
2 TBSP plain yogurt
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
8 strawberries cut in half
4 fresh peaches, quartered Peaches, halved or quartered
8 fresh pineapple chunks
4 fresh plums cut in half
1/4 C balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. sugar

How to Make It:

-Place the ricotta cheese in the blender.

-Dip the frozen strawberries and yogurt.

-Sprinkle in the ginger.

-Blend all the ingredients together until silky smooth.

-Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold.

-Heat the grill to medium high heat.

-Place one piece of each fruit on 8 skewers.

-Mix the vinegar and sugar together in a bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved.

-Brush each skewer of fruit with the vinegar mixture.

-When the grill has reached desired temperature lay the skewers on grill so they are not touching.

-Grill the fruit until lightly brown on all sides, being sure to turn often.

-Baste the fruit with the remaining vinegar mixture after each turn.

-Remove the dip from the refrigerator and serve with the grilled fruit.

8 Servings

Grilling fruit gives it a unique taste and brings out the natural flavors.  Add it with the dip and you have the perfect lazy afternoon snack for everyone to enjoy.

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