As summer winds down, the countdown for going back to school begins. To get ready for back to school, the Suncoast Credit Union 8th Annual Back to School Fairis taking over WestShore Plaza on August 8. The day will start off bright and early at 10 a.m. and will have live entertainment, hands on activities, workshops, speaker sessions, a scavenger hunt and so much more. In addition, local exhibitors will be providing all sorts of back to school related information with everything from health & wellness and safety to private and public schools, resources, childcare, after school programs, school supplies, tutors, children’s retailers, finances and much more!

I’ve partnered with Fruttare, a delicious line of frozen fruit bars, to bring the Fruttare Fruit Farm to the Suncoast Credit Union 8th Annual Back-to-School Fair. I’ll be demoing fun fruit activities for families there from 11am – 1pm. Stop by to learn how to make Fruity Iconic Tampa Minarets!

One of the great things about going back to school is getting back on track when it comes to eating more fruit. Packing more fruit into your family’s lunches can be one way to get them to eat more fruit—but wouldn’t it be better to get them excited about fruit?

One of the best ways to get the whole family to have fun with fruit, is to involve them in grocery shopping. Have them help you make a shopping list with their favorite fruits. Take them to the market and encourage every family member to choose a fruit they want to try—whether it is something they already love like mangoes or trying something new like a coconut, let everyone pick something. You can also let them get involved in choosing their favorite Fruttare Fruit Bars. My favorite is pineapple, and my family loves the variety of flavors available, so we like to try a new flavor each time we shop.

Once you have the fruit and the Fruttare Fruit Bars, the family will have fun making the Fruity Fruttare® Bowl!

Fruity Fruttare® Bowl

Serves 2

Create a special treat that everyone will love to make and eat!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Strawberry Fruit and Juice Fruttare® Fruit Bar

  • ½  cup chopped fresh strawberries

  • ½ cup low fat granola

  • ½  cup plain low fat Greek yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut



  • Remove the stick from the Fruit Bar by poking it out of the wrapper and pulling it out.

  • Once the stick is removed, put the bar in the wrapper back in the freezer for a few minutes.

  • After the bar has chilled, unwrap it and lay it on a cutting board and cut it into cubes or shapes using a cookie cutter.

  • Place the Fruttare® cubes or shapes in a bowl, add the strawberries and granola and gently stir.

  • Top with yogurt and coconut.

Nutritional Information 1 serving:

Calories 220, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol  5 mg, Sodium 110 mg, Total Carbs 37 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 20 g, Protein 8 g, Vitamin A  8 %, Vitamin C 60 %, Calcium 8 %, Iron 6 %

Don’t forget to come to the Suncoast Credit Union 8th Annual Back to School Fair on August 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WestShore Plaza in Tampa! We will be having more fun with fruit at the Fruttare Fruit Farm and there will be something for the whole family!

This post was written on behalf of Fruttare Fruit Bars.