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One of the responsibilities that I take the most serious as a mom (and wife) is providing my family with healthy food options. As many of you know, I cook from scratch 7 days a week for my family. So, when it comes to snack options, I enjoy picking foods that require little to no prep and absolutely no cooking! This is why I was delighted when I got asked to try out the Del Monte® Fruit Burst® Squeezers and their new Mango Pineapple Fruit Cups® Snacks.
What I (we) LovedTaste: We all loved the taste. I have three favorite fruits-strawberries, mangoes and pineapples. So, I really enjoyed the Mango Pineapple Fruit Cup® Snacks. I've had my share of fruit salads/mixed fruits and I never thought to mix mango and pineapple together.
Moo's not a fan of pineapples, but to my surprise she liked them mixed with the mangoes. JJ, who is a devoted banana lover, even got in on the action. He's going through his picky eater stage and it was nice to see him trying something he has never had before.
So, as much as Moo loved the Fruit Cup® Snacks, she told me that her favorite were the Fruit Burst® Squeezers. Y'all we got out package the day it started snowing before it got really bad out and by night fall she demolished a whole box by herself. (Note to self: hide all food packages from Moo in the future.) We even made a special trip to Walmart yesterday to stock up on more.
Again healthy foods don't have to taste bad!!
|They were sold out of Mixed Berry. So, we got Blueberry instead.|
Nutrition: I come from a family that has been affected by generations of health issues caused by heredity, lack of exercise and mainly lack of getting good nutrition. Therefore, it is very important for me to make sure that whatever I'm feeding myself and my family has good nutritional values. We only get one body and one life and it's important to take care of it by watching what we eat.
That said, I was happy that the Fruit Burst® contain 1 1/2 servings of fruit (Simply Fruit) or fruit and veggies (Fruit + Veggie). They don't have high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. They also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. There's nothing like being able to pronounce and know what all of the ingredients in our food are.
The Fruit Cup® Snacks are great source of Vitamin C. They're also stored in a light syrup made from sugar and water and instead of high fructose corn syrup. There's been a lot of dilemma over whether high fructose corn syrup being used in products and I'm glad to see that Del Monte is keeping simple by using a simple syrup instead.
Packaging: We are an ecofriendly family. So, I loved that the packaging is recyclable. The Fruit Burst® pouches are also BPA free. I love that the pouches are kid friendly as well. This is something that I can pack lunchbox or throw in my purse and not have to worry about it spilling.
The Fruit Cup® Snacks are the perfect serving size and easy to open. Thank goodness because I hate struggling with trying to open things. These will definitely be staples in Moo's lunchbox when she starts kindergarten this August.
Price: Y'all already know that I'm a frugal shopper. I don't like feeling as if I'm being robbed when I shop. Both of these products are reasonably priced. The Fruit Burst® Squeezers retail for $2.42 each and the Fruit Cup® Snacks retail for $1.98 each here at my local Walmart. Honestly, you can't get much cheaper than for a prepared snack.
Variety: The Fruit Burst® Squeezers come in two varieties. You have the Simply Fruit (all fruits) variety in which you can choose form three flavors-Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry and Strawberry. Then, there is the Fruit + Veggie (75% fruit, 25% veggie) variety with two flavors- Peach-Mango and Blueberry. So, far we've tried the Mixed Berry, Peach-Mango and Blueberry flavors.
What I (we) Didn't LikeThere wasn't anything that I didn't like about the products themselves. Like, I said taste, price, nutrition and packaging all get a thumbs up from me and the family. These products are recommended by me. I encourage you to try them out.
Also, I want to add that we make mini cobblers using some of the Mango Pineapple Fruit Cup® Snacks. They came out very well and I will be sharing the recipe here on the blog next week.
|Snack within a snack|
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