Thursday, November 8, 2012

Make Lunchtime Sweet Again with Del Monte Fruit Cups #SmartSnack #Cbias

With three growing boys at home, sometimes I think snacking is what we do best. And I must admit, we don’t always make the best choices. It’s really easy to get caught up with convenience foods and empty calories. This was something we lived in the darkness with, because my boys had always chosen to buy rather than bring their school lunch. It wasn’t until the princess started school this year and decided she would rather be part of the majority and bring her lunch, did I really start reevaluating our snack options.

Let me start off by saying my kids, though they love to eat, are super picky and the princess leads the charge when it comes to picky eaters. It took a full month of trial and error lunches for me to find a few healthy options that wouldn’t still be in her lunch bag when she returned home from school. Now that we are a little over two months into the school year, the same old choices have become boring to her, leading me in the search for smart snack that can be enjoyed for a lunch time treat or as an after school snack.

#SmartSnack
Where is the good stuff, Mom?
While getting ready to prepare the princess lunch for the following morning she decided enough was enough. With no good options left in the fridge we headed to Walmart to put a “spark” back into her lunch bag. While wondering around searching for some better options we came across Del Monte Fruit Cups in some great new flavors like Diced Apples and Pears with Caramel Flavors and Diced Pears with Vanilla Spice. Certainly these were very different then the fruit cups I was accustom to as a child. These flavors sounded so tempting and I couldn't help but love the convenience factor – open and eat! Surely they would be perfect for placing in her lunch bag as well as an easy after school option for my boys.


Del Monte @ Walmart

We arrived home and as soon as I began packing my daughters lunch for the next day, I realized a line was starting to form behind me. It was my boys, hungry from all that shopping and begging to try a Del Monte Fruit Cup. Where they really begging for fruit? This was great, now to hope they enjoyed it. They dug right into the Diced Apples and Pears with Caramel Flavors, almost licking the dish clean. And with only 60 calories per serving, gluten free and containing no high fructose corn syrup, Del Monte fruit cups were quickly becoming a snack I could feel good about. Good bye chips, hello flavorful fruit!


Fruit Cups

My only issue now was would Ms. Picky be open to Del Monte Fruit Cups in her lunch bag? I guess I would find out when she returned home from school the following day.


Del Monte


Low & behold she returned with an empty lunch bag, heading to the fridge for an after-school pick me up. I did offer her a few options yet she went right for those diced apples and pears. She isn’t typically a big fruit eater, but I think the addition of flavors like caramel, brown sugar, vanilla spice etc. to the Del Monte cups really makes for an exciting treat. Truth be told I don’t like fruit and was hesitant to try a fruit cup for myself. The flavor in Del Monte Fruit Cups really stands out, only enhancing fruits natural sweet goodness. They fruits were pair really well with what complements them. Of course we all know apples and caramel are delicious, but who new peaches were so amazing in brown sugar syrup or pears would partner well with vanilla spice.

If you enjoy fruit you will love these flavors and if you don’t enjoy fruit, I challenge you to give these a shot. You might find yourself surprised. Oh, and I might add, beware of fruit cup stealing husbands! I woke up to find nine, yes, nine fruit cups missing. As I searched and searched - I really wanted one for breakfast - I finally gave in, calling my husband. "Hey, do you know where the fruit cups are?" I asked. His reply " I may have ate them last night, I'll bring you home more tonight." Let me repeat he ate nine of them, who does that?! I guess I should mention while they are pretty darn good, I don't endorse eating them nine at a time ;-)

You can find Del Monte Fruit Cups and your Walmart, of course, and in the two new varieties -Diced Apples and Pears in Caramel Flavors along with Pears with Vanilla Spice. 
Save $1.00 now with this downloadable coupon.

Check out my entire shopping trip on Google+ and as always you can keep up with Del Monte by following @DelMonteFoods on Twitter or by visiting their Facebook page.


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Del Monte #CBias #SocialFabric . All opinions are my own and yours may differ. 

16 comments:

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like something I need for my family. Thanks for the intro!

Barb W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Del Monte Fruit Cups are great. Haven't tried the new flavor combinations yet, though, will have to check these out!

Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This sure is a fun snack and lunchbox item; I loved your first picture.... glad you found something to keep your kids happy :0)

Grace Hodgin said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Del Monte Brand and I use to eat their products when I was a kid. A trust worthy company and good variety as well.

Eileen McDonald said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The caramel flavors sound good. I will be picking some up for my grand son.

Alaina Bullock said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I send Del Monte snacks with my son almost everyday! They are so good! Great pictures, by the way!

Minta's Creations said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Del Monte snacks. Love your pictures!

Daisy Bryce said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great idea for lunches!

Krystle (Baking Beauty) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We love Del Monte for a quick snack!

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My kids LOVE the brown sugar and cinnamon flavor! We've used them in muffins and in peach crisp! Yum!

Turning the Clock Back said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Finding things that kids will eat for school lunches can be challenging! Glad your daughter liked them

Jai M. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These look good and I like using downloadable coupons. TY for the link :)

Alicia said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

"With three growing boys at home, sometimes I think snacking is what we do best." Bingo! I am in the exact same position! I feel as though there is constantly someone telling me they are hungry:)

akronugurl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Del Monte!

-Stephanie J

Kathy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Crossing my fingers that my son will love them too!

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My grandson is just like her and takes a lunch to school but is also super picky. In fact, he will eat the Del Monte fruit cups but only if it's the peaches in I believe it's strawberry banana syrup. Can't get him to eat anything else and not all stores carries the kind he likes.

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