Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

I believe there is no better way to teach children to eat healthy foods than to involve them in meal and snack preparation. Given the option, many children will often choose fruit over junk food when it is readily made available to them. This Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is a commonly made accompaniment to fruit of all kinds, and it can help make fruit even more enticing to youngsters. With St. Patrick's Day coming up soon, maybe the kids would enjoy helping to prepare a tray such as this one with different kinds of green fruit. Young children would not be able to manage the cutting involved, but most would be able to assemble the fruit on party picks or skewers. Learning new skills and mastering kitchen tasks can be a big self-esteem builder for children.

I think one of the best ways to help a "picky eater" learn to try new foods is to invite the child into the kitchen to help. Few children can refuse to try something they have helped to prepare.

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Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Add marshmallow creme and vanilla extract; mix until all ingredients are well blended. Optional: a few drops of food coloring may be blended in to add desired color to the fruit dip. Serve with your favorite fresh fruit.


  1. That is my favorite fruit dip, Anita! I could eat it by the spoonful, but somehow, having fruit to dip into it, makes it healthier!!! xo

  2. If only I wasnt on Weight Watchers!