This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.
Earlier this week, my kids decided that they wanted to take a break from school lunches…permanently. Apparently they were paying attention when we had all of those discussions about healthy eating. In an effort to get creative with school lunches and snacks, without frequenting my local grocery store, I reached out to some fellow parents on Facebook for ideas. After running them by my kids, I realized that in order to pack 10 lunches per week, I would have to get strategic about shopping and storing fresh foods, specifically produce. Rubbermaid recently launched an extension of their FreshWorks line which includes three new sizes for keeping produce fresh up to 80% longer* than traditional store packaging. To test the new line out, I decided to use Rubbermaid FreshWorks to store the fruit I purchased for my kids’ Fruit Cones.
The mid-week grocery run is a norm in my household. In fact, if I only visit the store twice in one week, I’m winning. My lack of meal planning is understandably a factor in my frequent trips to the grocery store. However, I also find that I can only buy and store limited amounts of fresh foods like produce to avoid spoiling. My kid love berries, but if they are not consumed within a few days, they spoil and I am forced to throw them away. The challenge of consuming all of the fruits and vegetables I purchase before they spoil often compels me to be conservative at the grocery store, prompting multiple trips throughout the week.
For the past week, I’ve been using Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers to help my fruits and vegetables last longer. Rubbermaid’s FreshVentTM lid naturally regulates the flow of oxygen and CO1 into and out of the container in order to create the optimal environment for produce to stay as fresh as the day it was picked. The CrispTrayTM which sits at the bottom of the storage container, elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to reduce the incidence of spoilage.
Available in six sizes, Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers can help save families money and reduce waste associated with spoiled fruits and vegetables. FreshWorks helps to extend the life of produce so that it can be consumed before it goes to waste. With Americans wasting $24 billion in produce each year, FreshWorks has the potential to save families money. I also find that I am more comfortable purchasing produce in larger quantities, thus reducing my weekly trips to the grocery store.
To use Rubbermaid FreshWorks, simply transfer your produce from the store packaging into a clean storage container. Avoid washing or cutting produce before storing and be sure to remove all packaging. FreshWorks is dishwasher safe and free from BPA. FreshWorks food storage containers are available in six sizes and the lid filter never needs to be replaced. Here is a guide to the available sizes:
- Large Square (11.1 Cups): Perfect for Tomatoes
- Long Rectangle (8.4 Cups): Great for asparagus or zucchini
- Small Rectangle (4.0 Cups): Will keep your green beans fresh
- Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries
- Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries
- Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens
Easy Fruit Cones
My kids love to cook and bake, and over the summer they took a cooking class during camp and came home with a ton of fun, easy recipes to make at home. This week, I bought fresh strawberries, blackberries, and green grapes, so my daughter suggested that we make fruit cones. This is an easy snack and a fun way to inspire kids to eat more fruit.
6 Waffle Cones
Assorted fruit (strawberries, blackberries, grapes)
Arrange fruit in waffle cones and serve immediately
Tip: Line waffle cones with parchment paper if you do not plan to serve immediately. This will prevent the cones from becoming soggy.
Tip: Experiment with a variety of fruits for new fruit cones every single time.
Tip: Top with fresh whipped cream.
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*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.
** Source: USDA 2014