My kids have been complaining that we never do anything fun for the “minor” holidays anymore. Truthfully, now that they’re getting older and after school activities have taken over our weekday evening schedule, I figured they wouldn’t even notice in all of the hustle and bustle…
But since they did, I figured it was high time for me to find some simple and easy ideas for St. Patrick’s Day — like these fun green ombre fresh fruit skewers! Okay, so they don’t have to be just for St. Patty’s Day, but these green fruit skewers with a touch of green ribbon tied on the ends certainly do have a festive look that’s inline with the holiday. Don’t you think?
It always amazes me just how much presentation can encourage my kids to try new foods. Had I just sliced up all of these fruits and placed them in the fridge, I can guarantee I’d have tossed over half into the trash at the end of the week. Or if I’d even just mixed them together in a fruit salad, they would have picked at it, leaving their less-than-faves sitting sadly in the bottom of the bowl.
However, by threading just a few pieces of different varieties of green fruits onto each skewer, they were more than willing to try each bite-sized piece, leaving them clean as a whistle! I used honeydew melon*, d’anjou pears, green apples, and kiwi, but green grapes and star fruit would be some other fun choices.
*So this is where I admit that honeydew melon is actually NOT one of my favorite fruits, though I’d never tell that to my kids… But this honeydew that I picked up at Walmart was seriously divine. Soft, fresh, juicy, sweet — clearly I have never chosen a good one up until this point. I may have polished off a quarter of it myself while slicing it up!
How To Choose Honeydew
This prompted me to research how to choose a delicious honeydew melon, so I thought I’d share my findings with you all:
- Look for a well-shaped, symmetrical honeydew melon that looks slightly oval in shape.
- Next examine the color. You want a melon that has a slightly dull and waxy yellow or golden color or creamy-colored skin with yellow accents. Brown freckling indicates enhanced sweetness.
- Pick the melon up and check its weight in relation to other similar melons. Does it feel heavy for its size? You want one that does!
- Finally, sniff it. Don’t be embarrassed! You want a melon that smells fresh and fragrant with a hint of sweetness.
For children (and adults!) that may need a little extra coaxing to eat all of their fruit, try this fabulous low-fat cream cheese fruit dip that I shared a couple of months ago. It’s become a weekly staple around here and is a surefire way to make any fruit disappear in a hurry!