One of the most difficult things about being a parent is coming to realize that as our children get older as they become more and more independent. Yes, this means that they need us less and less. As parents we tend to see this as rebellion and acting out but in reality this is just our child’s way of expressing themselves and an individual. This type of expression usually starts to pop up in the tween years. I noticed this behavior with both of our children when they were around 9 or 10 years old. There was less of the “can you do this for me” and more of the “I can do it for myself” type of stuff.
Specifically with our daughter she was more interested in how her room was decorated and the color it was painted. They both also showed much interest in creating things that were their own and doing things on their own. My husband thought this was a great opportunity to show them how to do chores around the house. But I’m pretty sure this was not the kind of independence they were looking for. I wanted them to engage in activities that not only kept them busy but encouraged creativity as well. We both noticed that our kids seemed to shine and get excited around cooking and baking. Now what better way is there to be creative and express yourself?
With cooking and baking you first learn to follow recipes and measure ingredients in order to create something delicious. After the kids assisted my husband and I several times and learned their way around the kitchen they were free to create their own recipes.
At first they took original recipes and modified them a bit. This consisted of adding different ingredients or changing the amounts. It was basically trial and error cooking. Sometimes the end result was really tasty and other times they fell short. They would often ask the question: Could we make this recipe healthier? Or can this be gluten free? Or low-carb? This is where the creativity came into play.
Now that my kids were taking a closer look at what ingredients went into their favorite foods they could see what was healthy or not. For example my son was making a carrot cake and when he got to the frosting recipe it called for 6 cups of powdered sugar. He made the observation that that sounded like allot of sugar just for the frosting. So he searched online for a low-sugar carrot cake frosting and found one that only required 1 cup of powdered sugar. It took him a bit more work to get it to the right consistency but the end result was super tasty and flavorful.
Along with this new love for cooking came an awareness of the ingredients that we cook with. We all became more aware of this word What is GMO and looked for foods that didn’t have any. When we would go to the food markets together they were reading labels to see if the ingredients were healthy.
One of the snacks that we have always encouraged our kids to eat is fresh fruit. Getting your kids excited about an apple or pear isn’t always that easy. That is why we were super excited to find out about Dole’s new product called Fruitocracy.
In a nutshell these are pureed fruit combinations in a squeezable pouch. There are 6 different flavors available all matched with apple. Best part they are all made from non-gmo ingredients, no high-fructose syrup inside and no added sugar. The best part as far as my kids are concerned are the flavor choices. One day they may be in the mood for apple-banana or apple-pineapple and the next maybe just plain old apple or mix-berry apple. Dole Fruitocracy is easily packed in their lunch bags and they are resalable. They are healthy, fun, and easy.
With six delicious flavors (like Apple Banana, Apple Mixed Berry, Apple Pineapple, Apple Strawberry, Apple Cherry or good ol’ Apple) in vibrant designs, tweens are free to express their individuality with Fruitocracy and choose the all-natural fruit pouch that best showcases their unique personal style.
So go ahead, encourage your tween to enjoy a snack that’s as real as can be, just like them!
Available at retailers nationwide, with suggested retail price $2.79/per pack. For more information visit fruitocracy.com
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Fruitocracy