Jake, my three-year-old, is a fruit lover. Not a bad problem to have as a mom, other than making sure we’re always stocked with some fresh goods. Oranges has become one of his recent favorite requests and while I love citrus myself (hello Florida girl here!) they can be messy. Not only is peeling an orange sometimes a messy affair, I was finding him covered in juice with sticky hands.
Luckily one of my friends with older kids taught me this little trick on how to cut no mess orange slices. If you have older children you might already know this method. Apparently its pretty huge in the “bringing snacks to soccer games” circuit. And I was skeptical if a three-year-old could handle it. Turns out he loves eating oranges this way. He just eats off the orange fruit part and then stacks the rinds in a little bowl. And he is pretty clean when he’s done! Win-win! I’ve found too that not having to peel the orange makes me much more likely to offer it up as a snack suggestion.
It’s easy to do. Just first cut off each end of the orange. Then half and quarter it. Then because he’s still little each quarter tends to get cut into about three smaller slices. That’s it! Nor worrying about if you are getting each section just right or anything like that. Just slice and go! Also the orange pictured is a Cara Cara orange which is pinker in tone and has no seeds, also great for toddlers.
So that’s my no mess orange slicing trick. What do you think? Any fruit tricks of your own?
Now that you’ve seen our spring snack inspiration, head on over to see our girl Krystal at Krystal’s Kitsch to see what she’s been working on!