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Kid-Friendly Ways to Eat Prunes (and Other "P" Fruits)

Close-up of a sliced peach with greek yogurt and basil.

To help with constipation, Christine Waasdorp Hurtado, MD, recommends eating fruits that begin with “P” like prunes, plums, pears, pineapple, peaches and papayas.

These fruits are tasty and healthy on their own, of course, but if you need help getting your kids to eat them, try these combinations: *


  • Top sliced peaches with Greek yogurt and honey.
  • Add chopped prunes to whole-grain, fiber-rich breakfast cereal.


  • Make a tropical smoothie by blending pieces of peeled papaya and pineapple; add Greek yogurt and a little orange juice and puree until smooth.
  • Make a green smoothie with peeled pear, pineapple, spinach, and water or milk.


  • Spread nut butter or sunflower butter on pear slices; cut prunes into small pieces and put them on top for a variation of “ants on a log."
  • Add prunes, dried papaya and dried pineapple to a can of mixed nuts for instant trail mix.

Fruit salad

  • Peel and cut the plums, peaches, pineapple, papaya and pears into small pieces. Put them in a large bowl. Squeeze some lemon juice and drizzle some honey over the top. For added flavor, sprinkle in fresh, chopped basil.

*Recipes provided by Kyle Noble, marketing coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado and former professional chef

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