If you have been following my blog, then you know that one of my New Year's resolutions was to lose the excess baby weight I haven't been able to shake rinse welcoming my girls back to back in 2010 and 2011. And, so far, so good. I have lost 10 pounds, and have another 15 pounds to go. But, it has been a tough road, as I love sweets. Any sort of sweet treat is a temptation, which is so hard to turn away. And, being a busy mom to two young children I find during the week that there about 2-3 days that I either miss breakfast or lunch due to the girls not napping or being fussy. On these days, I find myself looking for quick snacks I can eat standing up --usually at the kitchen island, that will not only give me a a little energy to keep going until they go down for a nap, and also fill me up until I can actually eat a full meal. This is the time that I have to steer clear of sweets or junk food, as I give into temptation easy, looking for a quick fix so to speak.
Even though I stock the refrigerator with fresh foods and healthy smoothie drinks that are great for grab and go snacking, when I feeling tired or burnt out, I want something sweeter to give me that added energy boost. Thanks to the folks at Dole, I now have my go-to treat that is not only good for me, but tastes great and curves my sweet tooth cravings. Have you seen the new DOLE Fruit Parfaits while doing your weekly/bi-weekly food shopping? I hadn't, but was lucky enough to be sent samples of their three flavors, apples and creme, peach and creme and pineapple and creme, to sample and review.
I don't know about you, but I love canned fruits and fruit cocktails. They are great to eat on the go, and also make great snacks for the kids in their lunch boxes and after school. But, I love when a brand comes up with new ways to showcase their products. And, this is how Dole Fruit Parfaits came about. "DOLE Fruit Parfaits offer a cool, refreshing taste of real fruit with a smooth layer of deliciously light tasting creme. These new fruit snack cups contain all natural fruit, and are rich in Vitamin C. Dole Fruit Parfaits are also naturally low in fat, cholesterol free and are very low in sodium" -- which is great for a person like me looking to keep and finally achieve a New Year's weight loss resolution. :-) And, as a busy mom on the go, who usually eats standing up and while tending to the girls, I love how I can take one of the DOLE Fruit Parfaits out of the refrigerator and eat quickly -- or, if I am lucky, savor each spoonful of great tasting fruit and rich and creamy creme, that pair so well together. Mmm, I am getting hungry just thinking about these new DOLE Fruit Parfaits. Thankfully, I keep these on hand in my refrigerator, so that I can get my DOLE Fruit parfaits fix whenever I want. :-)
Like they say, it is always better to share, and I have been enjoying these new fruit cups with both my husband and daughters. I was surprised that Savannah, who is a picky eater, tried and loved each of the three flavors. She likes to scoop out the fruit first, and then savors each spoonful of the smooth, delicious tasting creme. My husband on the other hand is a fan of the peaches and creme flavor, while Arabella usually asks for the Prime Creme cups. I, like Savannah, like each of the three flavors, but really enjoy the Apples and Creme DOLE Fruit Parfaits. Not only does it smell like a fresh apple pie, but each spoonful reminds me of the inside of a fresh baked apple pie. This is no sweet snack that I will not feel guilty reaching for when I am in need for a quick mid-morning or afternoon snack. I have even found myself opting out of dessert, to savor one of these cups instead, once the girls go to bed. What a way to unwind after a crazy day. :-)
So, if you and your family are fans of DOLE and their fresh fruit cups and canned fruit, why not consider trying their new DOLE Fruit Parfaits? You will not be disappointed with the refreshing taste of these tasty parfait snacks. Once you try them, you will want to stock up like I do, and keep them on hand for the whole family to enjoy for lunch box snacks, on the go snacks, etc.
To learn more about DOLE Fruit Parfaits, visit: www.Dole.com.
And, to stay up-to-date on new products and special offers, make sure you follow the DOLE Facebook Page, Dole Twitter Account, as well as visit the DOLE Website often.
DOLE Fruit Parfaits are available in the canned fruit section at select grocery retailers and online. With a suggested retail price of $2.79/per package of four, you can't go wrong!