Mom confession time: packing lunches that my kiddos will actually eat can be quite a challenge. I try to get creative. I think I’m pretty good at thinking outside of the box. But when you have two kiddos who are as different as my boys are, coming up with ideas that they both love can present quite a challenge. For me, it’s important for them to have balanced meals but it’s equally important that their lunches are actually filled with options that they like and that will not just end up coming back home to be thrown away or re-purposed for the next day. So, I guess you could say I’ve been on a mama mission. I’ve been searching for snack and lunch ideas that are easy to serve, are tasty and never come home because it’s where it’s supposed to be….in their tummies. Through my search I’ve discovered that when it comes to lunch ideas for picky eaters, NEW DOLE Mixations® are a perfect fit!
Ever since they were little, both of my boys have loved apple sauce and fruit. It’s just been their thing. And while I may not know exactly what they will like in their lunchboxes, those are two staples that I always know will disappear. But, I’ve been packing them separately, which works but takes up tons of room…until now! When I recently discovered that DOLE Mixations are a one-of-a-kind fruit fusion, I was more than intrigued. With the combination of smooth fruit sauces mixed with juicy chunks of real fruit, they sounded like an option that would be perfect for the lunchboxes of my picky eaters!
I immediately made sure my pantry was stocked with all four delicious varieties that include flavor combinations like Apple-Strawberry Sauce with Dices of Apple, Pineapple-Mango Sauce with Pineapple Pieces, Peach-Apple Sauce with Pineapple Pieces and our favorite Apple-Raspberry Sauce with Dices of Apples. Each cup is perfectly sized and contains a delicious sauce (similar in texture to apple sauce) with pieces of fruit mixed in.
And the best part is, they feature the beloved DOLE taste that we’ve known and loved for years in a new way that is non-GMO*, has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and is gluten free and rich in Vitamin C! Needless to say, the DOLE Mixations taste amazing and instantly became a lunchbox staple in our home.
But the fun didn’t stop with the perfect combinations of fruit and sauce that our entire family adores. Honestly, just the taste of these fun cups would have been enough to have me reaching for them daily, both for the boys’ lunchboxes and my own lunches. But DOLE Mixations allowed me to make the outside of their favorite snack just as much fun as the inside with inventive packaging that inspires creativity with lids I can customize using fun designs and personal messages!
All I have to do is pull out each child’s favorite flavor of DOLE Mixations, grab a sharpie and write a fun note on the lid. Then, I know that later in the day, if school’s getting them down, mom’s message will be right there as an unexpected pick-me-up. Paired with the excitement they show over the taste of DOLE Mixations themselves, it’s a perfect combination to get even the pickiest eater excited about their lunch time options!
For this mama, that’s a win. Because each day I can send lunches for the entire family knowing that I’m packing them with love and providing options that I can feel great about them eating. But more than that, I’m building healthy lunches that never come home un-eaten!
Now it’s your turn! Grab your own DOLE Mixations using this money-saving coupon for $1.00 off any one (1) package of DOLE Mixations. Honestly, the ideas are endless when you pair DOLE Mixations with your own creativity! If you’re like me, you may just discover that great lunches for picky eaters are easy when they are built around the beloved taste of DOLE!
Tell me, what would you pair with NEW DOLE Mixations to create the perfect lunch for yourself or your family?
* No genetically modified (or engineered) ingredients