School is back in session and for me that entails hectic mornings and packing nutritious lunches for the kids. Gavyn, my extremely picky eater is not fond of many fresh fruits and vegetables. It saddens me, but he will eat fruit cups. He enjoys pears, mandarin oranges, applesauce and mixed fruit. We stock up on fruit cups for lunches and after-school snacks. A brand we have always bought is Del Monte. Del Monte fruit cup snacks are ideal for children as they are portioned with different varieties that include syrup, light syrup, sugar free even gel cups.
We had the opportunity to check out two new Del Monte fruit cup flavors; Diced Pears Vanilla & Spice and Diced Apples & Pears Caramel flavor.
Diced Pears in extra light syrup with Vanilla and Spice
Ready-to-eat in a convenient snack-sized cup. Made from all-natural fruit, they are fat-free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free and high in vitamin C.
This variety is my absolute favorite as the kids. Vanilla flavored anything happens to be a flavor I prefer so I decided to whip up some semi-healthy pear muffins for me and the kids. The muffins are mildly sweet, with a bit of added whole grains for a choice I favor. This assortment has just enough sweetness to eat alone, on top of pancakes or waffles, mixed with oatmeal and everyone is sure to enjoy.
Diced Apples and Pears in extra light syrup with Caramel
Each cup is made from all-natural fruit. Perfect for on-the-go snacking, they are fat-free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free and are rich in vitamin C.
I really enjoyed the combination of apples and pears with a hint of caramel in the sauce. This cup was like eating a taste of fall. Think caramel apples…mmm. Again not excessively sweet. Fruit cups like this are beneficial because my children are still getting a serving of fruit with fruit that tastes fresh. Best of all they are easy for children to handle and a quick choice. Whether the kids want their yogurt and fruit in the mornings or oatmeal with fruit, fruit cups are suitable balanced choice. I would never tell the kids no to any fruit cup. And if you are a parent on-the-go (who isn’t) they fit in a purse just remember a spoon. Fruit cups are a wonderful way to eat a healthy choice and best of all the fruit doesn’t go bad.
Currently over at the Del Monte Facebook page, you can play their Flavor Boom game. The Flavor Boom game allows you to fill fruit cups; the two varieties I featured here. You’ll fill those cups with healthy ingredients and then can grab a coupon.
Here is how to play:
-Visit the Del Monte Facebook page
-Click on the “Like” button to like the page and access the “Flavor Boom” application
-Begin the game by selecting either “Pears with Vanilla and Spice” or “Apples and Pears with Caramel”
-Fill each cup by selecting the correct ingredients as they fly through the air. The more cups you fill, the higher your score and the harder it gets.
-After the game is completed, click “Grab a Coupon”
-You will then be prompted to register or login with your contact information (coupon will be ready to be printed at end of registration or login)
Eager to try the new Del Monte flavors? I thought so! One of my readers will win the two new varieties plus an additional coupon.
- 1 Cup Bisquick
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup Truvia
- ½ cup natural applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 8 ounce Neufchâtel-softened
- (2) 4 ounce cups Del Monte Diced Pears Vanilla & Spice
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven 425.
- Spray 12-cup muffin tin lightly with cooking spray
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl except for the pears.
- Beat with hand mixer for about 1 minute until mixed well
- Fold in pears
- Pour batter in muffin tins
- Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean
Dislcosure:Del Monte provided products for review purposes, however all opinions 100% my own