Apple, California Prune and Cheddar Skewers

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD


Here’s a lunchbox secret: kids love to eat food on sticks! Food on skewers adds some whimsy to lunch, plus skewers are easy for little hands to pick up.


I chose this recipe from dietitian Carrie Walder and adapted it for a child’s lunchbox. I used toothpicks as skewers, but if the pointy ends are too sharp for little fingers, you can use popsicle sticks too. Some kids aren’t big fans of arugula and thyme (in the original recipe), so I’ve replaced those greens with a simple mint leaf. If your kids think greens are icky, you can omit the mint. I’ve also added a squeeze of lemon juice, so the apples don’t turn brown in the lunch box (kids hate that!)

Servings: 4 lunch boxes
Prep Time:


  • 1 apple
  • Wedge of lemon
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup pitted California Prunes
  • ¼ cup mint leaves (optional)


  1. Dice apple into ½ inch cubes. Squeeze lemon juice over diced apple.
  2. Dice cheddar cheese into ½-inch cubes
  3. Thread apple, California Prunes, cheddar cheese and mint leaf (if using) onto a toothpick or popsicle stick.
  4. Repeat until all ingredients are used.
  5. Place skewers in lunch box and refrigerate remaining skewers for after-school snacks or dinner appetizers for the whole family.

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