I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this Disney’s The Lion King Inspired Dole’s New Recipes post are mine.
Yes, we are a Dole inspired family! From the frozen fruits, to the easy open cans, and ending with fresh fruits & vegetables, this is how I keep my family healthy! And this year I am celebrating fatherhood with Dole as they roll out some new recipes inspired by Disney’s The Lion King:
Introduced on May 23, which was National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, Dole’s latest chapter of its “Powering the Hero Within” initiative leverages the heroic saga of Simba and Disney’s The Lion King to help parents encourage no-worry nutrition in their families, including adopting a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. The summer-long program debuted with 10 original Dad-friendly and other recipes.
As a parent I have spent countless hours trying to ensure that my son has an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in his diet, while inspiring him to continue that type of diet through his life!
Disney’s The Lion King is near and dear to my heart as I worked on the re-release of the Blu-ray two summers ago! It included a walking safari at Walt Disney World and meeting the original Pumbaa, Ernie Sabella, so just thinking about Mufasa, Simba and the gang (celeb photos at bottom of page) brings many happy memories to mind!
I am highlighting three of my favorite dad friendly recipes from the initiative that work well in my house:
This Dole Beet ‘N Berry Smoothie is perfect for my household because my teenager can now make his own smoothies, and this ensures he includes a lot of healthy options in the mix. Today’s blenders do not have an open blade, so I happily keep all necessary ingredients around for my independent teenage son to mix his own smoothie without me. We have to prepare our cubs to take care of themselves in the real world, and him learning how to feed himself nutritiously is how I start, even though I would prefer he never leave our lion’s den! This also gave me an opportunity to explain the super nutrition of beets, now he insists we have them on hand at all times.
Check out the Dole Beet ‘N Berry Smoothie recipe on the Dole website! It is so easy to make, and scores high with this dad’s because it is nutrient packed!
I am the first one awake on the weekends, and I look forward to preparing the above Frittata for my family. Years ago I was inspired by a Disney movie event to learn how to cook frittata’s, and as luck would have it, my son was interested in learning what I was doing. And I find that when your child helps you with cooking, they are more invested in trying new things, and more open to new recipes and flavors.
I love the delicious ingredients that go into this dish, and more importantly the healthy nature of the fruits and vegetables! I may be the King in this household, but if I do not move fast, my growing lion cub will take two helpings before I get my one! See detailed instructions for your very own Frittata for a King!
The Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip is the perfect, healthy, satisfying, fulfilling dessert for everyone in your family. My son loves coconut milk, so he asks for this often! This dad is more than happy to fill his son up with healthy fruit items, so this is a win/win situation. Plus, anything with Dole and Whip in the title reminds us of our favorite theme parks, we have made many wonderful memories at the Disney Parks over the years (one is at the end of this post!).
I am thrilled to share all of the Dole recipes with you so that we can all prepare the next generation to be the King of their Jungle when we pass that role onto them!
My favorite highlight of this Disney’s The Lion King Dole campaign is that images of Simba, Nala, Rifiki, Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa and other The Lion King characters will appear on millions of DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples in U.S. and Canadian supermarkets starting June 2! Something like the Mickey Mouse you see in my picture up top on the celery hearts! I can’t wait to start collecting those, as we all get ready to see the all-new Disney’s The Lion King movie which premieres July 19, 2019! After all, in this house I am Mufasa and all I think about is taking care of my growing Simba:
Taking care of my family by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks (thanks Dole!) is why this King of Apartment 5H takes care of his Simba (my son Paul), with pride!
Dole’s “No-Worry Traditions Contest” (#NoWorryTraditions #Contest) invites fans of Dole, Disney and Disney’s The Lion King to share their favorite family tradition by posting on social media and using the appropriate hashtags, according to the official rules. Dole’s contest, with Disney’s The Lion King-inspired prizes, starts July 1st and continues through Aug. 4:
To enter, participants must share an original photo or video with a caption that depicts a family tradition on their own Instagram or Twitter page, or by commenting on their pinned contest post on Dole’s Facebook page, using the #NoWorryTraditions and “#contest” hashtags, between July 1 and August 4, 2019. Entries will be judged by a panel of Dole and other judges on the basis of uniqueness, sentimentality and originality. Five Weekly Prize winners will be selected throughout the duration of the campaign, and the Grand Prize will be awarded to the Weekly winner with the most points. There is no cost to enter.
Five weekly winners will receive Disney’s official The Lion King plush and merchandise, including an official Furreal Simba Interactive Plush Toy from Hasbro, plus a custom Dole hammock to relax away your tensions. The weekly winner judged to have the most creative, unique and sentimental family tradition will receive the Grand Prize of a five-day, five-night family vacation in Hawaii featuring round-trip airfare; deluxe accommodation at a luxury resort hotel on Oahu; the choice of a guided farm-to-table food, kayaking, jeep or horseback tour, or other excursion options, at the Kualoa Private Nature Reserve in Kaneoche; and a VIP experience at the Dole Plantation, one of the most-visited attractions in Hawaii.
For original recipes and other information about “Powering the Hero Within,” including the “No-Worry Tradition Contest” (#NoWorryTraditions #Contest) details and official rules, go to www.dole.com/Disney. Interested participants are urged to read the rules at www.dole.com/Disney to make sure they are eligible to enter.
Use #NoWorryTraditions to follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
I love these recipes! If this is what it’s like to eat like a king, then I juuuuuuuussssssst can’t waaaiiiiit to be kiiiiiiinnnnnnnggggggg. LOL. I had to.
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
Aaaaahhhh…it’s so sad this offer doesn’t stand in my country. How I wish it did because I love The Lion King so so much!
Emman Damian says
Disney’s The Lion King-Inspired Dole’s New Recipes look amazing! I would like to try that fritata! It sounds so delicious!
Sara | mshealthesteem.com says
Those recipes look amazing! Truly a way to eat like a King. I love this idea. What a wonderful way to celebrate the lion king and enjoy good food at the same time ^^. Thanks for sharing!
Deanna Straub says
I love the Frittata and Frowhip recipes the most but they all look delicious and I’m excited to try all of them.
The Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip looks amazing! Hard to believe it’s a healthy dessert option. I’m sure my kids would love it so I need to give the recipe a go.
Mijia Eggers says
These are interesting recipes! I think my kids would like them very much. They pass perfect for the Lion-King.
Kristine Nicole Alessandra says
I like that Dole Berry Banana Fro Whip. It looks like a great dessert after a huge serving of a frittata. I love how Dole encourages healthy eating through attractive packaging of their products!
Totally can’t wait to watch this movie!!! I’ve been patiently waiting.
Every photo oozes deliciousness! I love Dole too and it is also healthy.
Elizabeth O says
Those recipes/dishes look delicious. I especially love the fritatta and the beet smoothie. Now that’s a drink I can enjoy!
These all sound and look delicious! I want to go to Disney!
Dana Rodriguez says
That all looks so good! YUM!
SHANE HORSLEY says
Erin Knight says
The Dole inspired recipe looks so delicious. The smoothie is my favorite and it is really healthy option for a hot summer day while watchLion King at home.
Recipes look delish!
Dawn J says
These recipes look amazing! Yum!
Super D Duper says
The beet and berry smoothie makes my mouth crave it. Love your style of writing. You and your family look very happy at this lion king exhibit. 😊
I love Disney movies!
Awesome!!! Love the Lion King soo much!!!
Darla Peduzzi says
The Frittata looks especially delicious! We love Dole products and of course The Lion King.
Elizabeth Owens says
Gosh, these recipes look amazing! This is getting adding to my recipe list! Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip
Allison O. says
But also, I’m kinda thinking “Hakuna Fritata – yeah yeah yeaaaah” That’s going to be stuck in my head the entire time I’m making and devouring this one. Thank you for the recipes and inspiring photos!
Tina Columbo says
These look absolutely delicious!
Michael DeFren says
Great now im hungry.lol These all look great
Rosemary Todasco says
Lisa Marie says
The frittata looks delish! Hakuna Matata!
Laura b Rubenstein says
OMG The Lion King is my jam!!! I love this! Looks amazing!
Deanna Straub says
Wow! I’m hungry now!
Monica Y says
Yummy, all these recipes look so delicious
Bryan Vice says
The Frittata is my favorite I cant wait to try it I know it would be my family’s favorite
Carolyn D says
The Dole Beet ‘N Berry Smoothie sounds delicious! I like to make smoothies for breakfast. The lion inspired meal by Dole looks cute.
melissa nedo says
The Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip looks awesome, i bet my son would love that.
Maureen Blatz says
Wow it look love wonderful ,what to try