Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

A Fruit Picnic – Video Post

Posted by 9 years ago 10 Comments

A few weeks ago, Mary emailed me about contest Sunkist was holding for charity to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. She asked if I’d be willing to try a recipe to help promote the contest and support the Special Olympics. Here’s the quick details…

Sunkist is in the middle of its year-long 100th Anniversary celebration. As part of that celebration, we’re holding a Sunkist Smiles contest in support of Special Olympics. Participants can upload photos of their best Sunkist Smiles (an orange wedge in the mouth) to for a chance to win a trip to any destination in Asia. More importantly, for every photo uploaded, Sunkist will donate $1 up to $50,000 to Special Olympics.

I rarely say no to a contest, fruit, or a recipe. So the toddler and I set up the camera and made Fun Fruit Kabobs this morning! We had a blast and ended the video with our Sunkist Smiles!

Fun Fruit Kabobs

Fun Fruit Kabobs

  • 1 Sunkist® lemon – freshly squeezed juice
  • 1 medium banana, peeled, cut in 8 thick slices
  • 1 small apple, cut lengthwise in quarters, each cut in half crosswise
  • 1 medium Sunkist® orange, peeled, segmented, each segment cut in half
  • 8 medium strawberries or canned pineapple chunks, drained
  • 8 clean, wooden sticks with rounded ends
  • Fruit Dips (see recipes below)
  • candy sprinkles (optional)
    • 1 Sunkist® orange -grated peel
    • 1 cup chocolate pudding
    • 1 Sunkist® lemon – grated peel
    • 1 cup raspberry flavored yogurt

To make one portion:

  • As apple and banana pieces are cut, toss them gently in a small bowl of lemon juice to keep them from browning.
  • With a sharp knife, cut slots in all fruit chunks so they can be speared easily. Starting and ending with orange pieces, thread one of each type of fruit on the sticks.
  • Serve the dips in several small bowls and the candy sprinkles in saucers.
  • Let the kids dip and decorate! Can be made several hours ahead, covered and refrigerated.
  • FRUIT DIP 1: Stir grated orange peel into chocolate pudding .
  • FRUIT DIP 2: Stir grated lemon peel into fruit yogurt.

The photos above is courtesy of Sunkist (can’t you tell?) ;~P Below are some of my shots.

Roni's Fun Fruit KabobsRyan with the Fun Fruit Kabobs

Ryan laying with the Fun Fruit Kabobs

See other recipes using: apple, banana, orange, strawberries

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    April 15, 2008

    I loved and my Toddler Tornado adored? she's duly smitten with your son & shrieks MO MO MO!! when the video is done. M.


    April 15, 2008

    That was so cute!!! My 4 year old would love to make this...might have to put that on our menu for the weekend. :)

    Amy (buggirlmom)

    April 15, 2008

    Roni-- I start the video and my toddler (who will be three in July) shreks--- "Hey it is that boy again!!" She has been in the room, when I watched your salmon post. What a cutie. Is it planned-- for you to always were green? I notice that most of your videos are in a green shirt. It is great... since I love green. Just an observation. Thanks for the great tips... I have a veggie "stuffed" meatloaf recipe if you are interested. My family doens't love veggies, so I puree and hide in foods. (like your pizza sauce) Amy


    April 16, 2008

    Great video! You two are so cute.


    April 16, 2008

    ok Im back. my daughter was being a crabmeister and I asked: wanna watch the baby? and your son hath totally calmed her down. he's officially the Tornado-Whisperer. :)


    April 17, 2008

    -Thanks guys! Amy - It is planned. it didn't start out that way but now I'm obsessed. LOL I'd love to see the recipe!


    April 22, 2008

    Love this idea! Perfect for warm weather! :)


    June 6, 2008

    Whats the nutrition facts on this? SOunds Yummy..


    June 16, 2008

    Tiffany - I didn't calculate it because it wasn't my recipe and it was mostly fruit. You could pump the ingredients into a site like or I tend not to track my fruit/veggies.


    January 24, 2009

    I love this idea. I'm always looking for healthy ideas for my son's b-day parties. I will definately be doing this with the kids. Thanks.