Lunchbox dilemmas & Fruit Pack giveaway

Besides making supper the other daily task that never ends and does my head in is preparing lunch boxes and snacks for my kids. I can never seem to come up with enough healthy options. I aim for a sandwich on brown bread with a healthy spread – peanut butter is my fail safe! Then I try to add a fruit of some sort and something else…. maybe some cheese, nuts, yoghurt sticks – It gets difficult to stick to healthy options especially when some of the items you think are good, like mini rice cakes, are filled with flavourants that are most definitely NOT good! It’s tough and I could definitely do with some inspiration in this area! What do you pop into the lunch boxes??

A product which I recently came across that is a great addition to my lunch box goodies stash is Fruit Pack Fruit Pack is a 100% natural fruit puree snack for kids from the age of 10 months +. It’s a perfect size for little hands to feed themselves and the design means there are no straws to fuss with – your kids can even drink these in the car without worrying about messing. They are small enough to stash into mom’s handbag and can be resealed and saved for later in the day. They taste delicious especially when partly frozen – a portable mini smoothie – a great option for lunch boxes as it ticks the fruit, juice and “something interesting” categories! The bonus is that it contains no preservatives, no colourants, no flavourants, and no added sugar and full of fibre. No nasty stuff, just pure fruit.

There are 3 flavours: Awesome Apple, Apple & Pear and Strawberry & Banana. Fruit Pack is available in 90g pouches, which retail at R9.95 each and 4-packs (containing 4 x 90g pouches per flavour), which retail at R38.95 each. Currently it’s available at over 180 retailers across SA including Spar, Wellness Warehouse, Baby City and most recently Dis-Chem. It’s also available in Mauritius.

I am giving away 2 hampers of Fruit Pack products!
Each hamper is worth R120 and consists of a Awesome Apple, Apple & Pear and Strawberry & Banana 4-pack, plus stickers and tattoos for the kids. That’s you sorted for a few weeks of lunch box treats!

To enter “like” the Becoming you and Fruit Pack Facebook pages by clicking the buttons below and then leave a comment on this post stating what you usually add to your kids’ lunch boxes…

1. “Like” Becoming you

2. “Like” Fruit Pack

3. Leave a comment…

Good Luck!

The competition closes on Thursday 14 June and winners will be announced on the blog on Friday 15 June. For extra entries feel free to share and tweet this competition but be sure to leave an other comment on this post!

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Sandwich or provita, fruit, yogurt or a fruit stick and then usually a little treat like mini tennis/marie/eat some more biscuits!

  2. I usually give my girls a sandwich each (or a small container of pasta and some cheese sticks wrapped in thinly sliced ham), some fresh fruit, dried fruit and a biscuit each. Sometimes I give them those little bottles of drinking yoghurt or a fruit pack as a treat 🙂

  3. Have liked both.
    I dont usually pack a sandwich as they have a sandwich for lunch when they get home. I always put dried fruit (dried mango or pears, apricots, dates etc), then a combination of provita, a biscuit, raisins, almonds, peanuts, prezels etc.

  4. My little one is only 14 months, so don’t have much lunch box experience – I often struggle with what to pack for “food on the go” when we have a busy day, will definitely give these a try.

  5. Done 🙂

    I usually bake a batch of healthy, fruit filled, energy packed muffins or bars on Sunday and then pop one of those in my sons lunch box along with a peanut butter sarmie and a fruit.
    It’s a great solution because he can help me make them on the weekends and I know exactly what is going into them! They also make great after school snacks for when he gets home while I am making him ‘real’ lunch so I normally make a big batch to last through the week 🙂

  6. Hmmm we’re only allowed super healthy lunches at her school, so provita with bovril, raisons and an apple/grapes, generally. She loves it and doesn’t think she’s missing out! However some Fruit Pack would definitely go down well : )

  7. I just love these fruit packs! They’re convenient and easy for a toddler to use and they’re healthy!
    This would be an awesome prize!

  8. Well my kids are very fussy… But the usual snacks are a fruit each, pretzels, yoghurt and a sandwich and fruit juice.At times they dont eat their fruits and it comes back home.. so i need a new idea and this sounds awesome!

  9. I alternate between sandwiches and always include a fruit, yoghurt, juice and muffin but on Alternate days a great lunch box treat is mini pita breads with a filling like: cheese and tomato or vienna’s or ham and cheese with cucumber. My boys love these. You can also put supper leftovers in them like chicken or bolognaise mince.

  10. I pack a sandwich, 2 pieces of fruit like a naartjie & an apple, water and dried fruit in a tupperware (like raisons, dried apples, dried mangos). These packs look great because they are quite small & will fit in the box. Have to try to pack everything into the one lunchbox so it fits in the bag with all the books and jackets & still comes home!

  11. There are some great ideas in these comments. I am always on the lookout for new ideas for healthy snacks. My kids’ favorites are wraps with salad and chicken and any fruit cut up into small pieces (served with or without yoghurt). Another fav is a tuna and pasta salad.

  12. I’ve liked both
    I usually pack a yogurt, fruit, crackers or shape sandwiches, cheese wedge or cut up cheese and a vienna with a small tub of tomato sauce for dipping 🙂

  13. My sweet little boy started preschool this year (4 years old) I dont know if i fed him incorrectly as a baby (first born) but he wont eat any fresh fruit, nothing, so this means lots of out of the box thinking for mom.I spend tons on all sorts of dried fruit, or fruit sticks, he isnt allowed any sweets, chips, or biscuits at school. I have been getting him these fruit packs for the past month and he loves it, but we only get the strawberry and banana in our slightly rural town. It gives me so much peace to know he is getting some fruit in his diet, Im very happy with the fruit packs, they are such a wonderful idea, and now our new little boy has caught onto the idea, he loves it when i squirt some over his porridge in the morning, it adds sweetness and i can leave the sugar out, extra thumbs up <3

  14. OOOH im still holding thumbs for this one, i added a new treat to my little ones lunch box this week and he is loving it, a small tub of dry cereal, he gets to snack on it whenever and its still healthy…

  15. I ususally pack a yoghurt, a sandwich with bovril or marmitre and grated cheese, and sometimes few pieces of biltong, a fruit or some rice cakes with melrose on, or a drinking yoghurt, and a bottle of water.

  16. I pack sandwiches.
    Usually leftover grilled chicken in a cilantro flavoured tortilla, masala steaks on seeded bread, fried kebas in a pita bread with salad or falafel bi tahini.
    I will also include some nuts, fruit and juice.

  17. With 3 kids….the youngest being at pre-school, it is quite difficult trying to cater for all their needs whilst trying to get them all to eat healthy and still letting them have their treats. They all take sandwiches, two fruits, either fruit juice or water and a treat of either a muffin or a chocolate bar. They all love yoghurt and will alternate between taking a yoghurt and fruits during the week.

  18. Missed it by a day – in hopes of still entering, kids (at preschool) get a fruit (banana or naartjie), sandwich, yoghurt. Sometimes half a jungle bar each for a treat. Water for my girl and watered down juice for my boy.
    Extras or in place of sarmies: home-made bran and carrot muffins, pretzels, provita or corn thins

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