When it’s time to send in a classroom treat to celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiving, get kids in the spirit with these sweet and fun fruit kabobs shaped like a turkey. Pair with cheese cubes for a tasty and balanced party snack.

–Susan Weiner, R.D., C.D.E., 2015 American Association of Diabetes Educators (A.A.D.E.) diabetes educator of the year and registered dietitian in private practice in New York

Nutritional Information

Serves: About 6

Serving Size: 1 fruit kabob and approximately 1 ounce of cheese (3 cubes)

  • Calories: 165
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 15g


  • Plastic drinking straws or chopsticks
  • Assorted chopped fruit (strawberries, melon, pineapple, grapes)
  • 1 pear
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 large strawberry, plus 2 small strawberries
  • 2 toothpicks
  • Cheese cubes

How To Make It

  1. Form the turkey’s head by cutting the pear in half lengthwise and placing one half in the center of the plate with the widest end facing up. (Enjoy the other pear half yourself!)
  2. Attach blueberry “eyes” with toothpicks.
  3. Slice the large strawberries into five triangular wedges. Attach wedges to create the turkey’s beak, waddle, and crown, using toothpicks to anchor.
  4. Fill a dish with cheese cubes for the turkey’s body.
  5. Add celery “legs” and small strawberry “feet.”
  6. Make kabobs by skewering fruit chunks on drinking straws or chopsticks (each straw holds about a 1/2-cup serving of fruit). Arrange kabobs as “feathers” around the turkey.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.