Fruit Pizza – Where Healthy Becomes Dessert
Kids don’t always behave the way that we want them to. They don’t always follow directions. Sometimes they don’t do what is best for them. One area that I hear a lot of mothers complaining about is getting their children to eat healthy. We strive to make healthy eating a part of our daily lives. One way to achieve this is by making it fun. And to a child, what is more fun than pizza? So here’s our recipe for fruit pizza!
I should mention before we go too far into this though, that this is not a completely healthy dessert. While it is much better than chocolate cake or brownies or some of the other absolutely delicious desserts that we enjoy, it does still have a dessert aspect to it. So if you’re wanting completely healthy, feel free to click on to the next recipe in your list to find. If you’re wanting something sweet that has a healthy aspect to it, one that your children will get a kick out of making and enjoying, then this is the recipe for you!
What you’ll need
- 1 package refrigerated cookie dough (or if you’re feeling like super-mom, some homemade sugar cookies)
- 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Before dinner directions
- Make your cookies. I take the easy road on this step and just buy sugar cookie dough. You are however more than welcome to make your own cookies. Whatever method that you choose, get the cookies prepared and cooled.
- Mix up your sauce. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. You’ll want this to be a smooth texture, well blended cream sauce when done
After dinner directions
- Spread some sauce on the cookie. This is your “glue” so to speak to keep the fruit from rolling right off the cookie. It also works as “pizza sauce” for your pizza. And it’s just delicious, so what more reason do you need. I allow each person to do this themselves as they prepare their pizzas – although if you wanted, you could add this to the before dinner section and have them ready for toppings. Since my kids are old enough to do this on their own, we let them. Younger ones may need help with this step.
- Select your toppings. Strawberries sliced, raspberries, blueberries, black berries kiwi slices, orange chunks… Any fruit that you love will work. Pile it high or keep it simple. To each their own when it comes to toppings.
- Eat and enjoy!
Eating healthy is important for growing children. A daily balanced diet is recommended. For children, two servings of fruit a day is what the doctor’s recommend. What better way to get them to enjoy their fruit than to make it something fun that they enjoy?
Have you had fruit pizza before?
What are your favorite toppings?