Take advantage of berry season and serve up these healthy patriotic fruit kabobs with coconut at your upcoming Fourth of July weekend shindig or barbecue. Not only are they summer on a stick (literally!), your friends and family will love this refreshing and healthy seasonal fruit appetizer with a touch of tropical from the coconut dusted bananas.
Happy July, friends!
July is hands down one of my favorite months, if not my favorite month, for a lot of reasons (and not just because my birthday happens to be next week although that probably helps ha!), but mostly because I love, love, LOVE the Fourth of July holiday.
There’s something so much more lively about it compared to Memorial Day or Labor Day, maybe because it’s right in the middle of summer and summer is the best ever?
What’s not to love about flip flops, beach and/or lake trips, al fresco dining, grilled food, fresh produce and farmers markets galore, breezy drinks (pssst did you guys try Tuesday’s Healthy Ginger Peach Kombucha Cocktail/Mocktail yet or what?), and endless hours of daylight (my fellow bloggers know just how sacred that feature is alone!)?
Of course, I also love that the Fourth is about celebrating America’s freedom (no offense to my Londoner pals) and patriotism, but most of all I love that it’s the ultimate low-key, easy going holiday.
There’s no fuss over gifts or fancy food and it’s usually acceptable to spend the weekend with friends and/or family, which puts a lot less pressure on how and where you spend it.
Whether you’re gathered around grill, barbecue, picnic table, or bonfire, the common theme is almost always simple, rustic, and effortless entertaining. Read: Uncomplicated cooking and little to no cleanup.
And when it comes to effortless entertaining, there’s nothing better than recipe that doubles as table decor—both of which these festive patriotic fruit kabobs with coconut have on lock.
Major bonus points for being hella healthy in addition to hella cute. I mean, hello, LOOK at them.
They are pretty much as patriotic as it gets with the whole red, white, and blue color scheme. Then considering that the fruit is threaded onto KABOB SKEWERS?!
Yeah. Game over.
Some of you might remember that I first shared this healthy summer party recipe in part one of the five part “Athleta Chi Blog’s Ultimate (Healthy) Summer Grilling Guide.”
I waaaaaaas going to come up with an entirely new red, white, and blue recipe for you guys (a food/nutrition blogger must is matching recipes to the holiday calendar if at all possible or so I’m learning), BUT for sake of keeping things simple this year (and for my sanity since my schedule has been crazy with hosting my parents and freelance work), I figured you wouldn’t mind if I shared it again here. 😉
Love you guys. Mean it.
I’ve been bringing these to summer shindigs for years and they never fail to be a big hit plus they are stupid simple to throw together, making them especially perfect if you need a last minute appetizer, snack, or healthy dessert.
As if that wasn’t good enough, you can technically skip making these kabobs altogether and let your guests DIY them for a fun activity (especially a big hit if any of the party goers are young kids).
It doesn’t really matter which berries you use, but I do highly, highly recommend (insist actually) using berries and selecting organic ones. Berries are some of the most highly contaminated kinds of produce when it comes to toxic pesticides and insecticide exposure so choosing organic really is the only way to go.
I know, I know…Organic produce can be more expensive, but given that right now we are in the midst of peak berry season, you should be able to find amazing deals on organic fruit. Promise.
And when you do find a crazy good deal (i.e. Trader Joe’s is currently selling 2-pound baskets of blueberries for $6.99!), STOCK UP. Berries that are harvested at during peak season contain more antioxidants and nutrients compared to any other time of year.
Don’t like strawberries and blueberries? Swap them out for blackberries and raspberries. No hard feelings here!
To keep with the patriotic theme, I like to use bananas dusted in coconut (any chance to add healthy fats!), but you could also use another type of fruit like kiwi, green grapes, cubed watermelon, peeled apple, etc. You could even get crazy and use vegan or organic marshmallows.
As long as you thread everything onto wooden kabobs, they will still feel super festive!
Let’s do it!
Serves: 6-12 kabobs depending on skewer length
- 2-3 medium ripe bananas*
- 1 pint organic blueberries or blackberries
- 1 quart organic strawberries (or 1 pint organic raspberries)
- ½ cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut flakes
- 1 package wooden kabob skewers
- Rinse berries just prior to use and pat dry.
- Slice the tops off the strawberries; peel and chop the bananas into 1-2 inch sections and coat in coconut.
- Thread skewers alternating with red, white, and blue fruit to keep with the patriotic holiday vibe.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 8 hours.**
- Enjoy for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day or anytime during the summer!
**If you aren't serving immediately, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the bananas to prevent them from browning or wait until just before serving to peel and serve.
**Serve fruit in individual bowls and let guests make their own (great for guests with picky palates or allergies to certain fruit or coconut).
Looking for more healthy, summer recipes for your weekend extravaganza? I’ve got you covered!
Here’s a few favorites from the blog archives that are PERRRRFECT for any occasion…
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What are you guys doing this weekend? Parade plans? Headed to the beach? Vacation? Tell me all about your plans and most importantly, what snacks are you packing and what will you be cooking over open flame (a must!)?!
I’ll be working at the hospital alllllll weekend (including Monday), but someone has to hold down the fort and save a life or two, right? 😉 It’s not all bad though because after Monday, I’m off the rest of the week and I’m looking forward to celebrating my own birthday on Thursday. Ow! Ow!
See you next week and do me another favor and don’t forget to use plenty of sunscreen this weekend, capiche? 😉