Play with your food: Fun fruit shapes

Claire Gallam

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Having a hard time getting your kids to eat anything healthy, like veggies and fruits? Skip the blackmail tactic (no dessert unless you eat your ___!) and opt for a more fun strategy instead, like making these cute fruit shapes!

Not only are these fun fruit shapes adorable, but they are fun to assemble too. So your kids will gobble up their fruits and help you in the kitchen as well! Talk about a win-win!

Palm trees

Palm trees

Serves about 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 kiwis, cut into wedges
  • 2 clementine oranges, peeled

Directions:

  1. Arrange the bananas on a tray in a tree stump pattern, angling slightly to the right. Top the banana shape with the kiwi wedges, creating palm tree leaves. Place a few scatters of the orange slices underneath the bananas to make sand.

Very hungry caterpillar

Very hungry caterpillar

Serves about 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Babybel cheese, wax on
  • 1/2 green apple, cut into sticks
  • 2 white chocolate chips
  • Chocolate icing gel
  • Green cookie gel

Directions:

  1. Place the Babybel cheese on a plate. To make the caterpillar body, arrange the apple slices in an upside down half circle, connecting to the cheese. Gently push the white chocolate chips into the cheese to make eyes. Add 2 small dots into the chips using the green cookie icing.
  2. To make the legs and the antlers, draw them on the plate/tray using chocolate icing gel.

"Dead" fish apple snack

Dead Fish apple snack

Yields 2 fish

Ingredients:

  • 1 large toothpick
  • 1/2 red gala apple
  • 6 pineapple chunks, cut into thin rectangles
  • White cookie icing

Directions:

  1. Cut a fish head shape out of the apple. Stick the top onto a toothpick and skewer the pineapple chunks behind it. Cut a tail shape out of the apple and skewer behind the pineapple.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.