What I’m Craving | Del Monte Mango Fruit Cup Snacks

While I love discovering new brands, I find myself becoming quite nostalgic and fiercely loyal when a long-time favorite brand launches a new product I know I will enjoy. I’m a lover of fruit and I can’t always take fresh fruit on the go with me, so I opt for fruit cups. One of my go-to brands is Del Monte. The majority of my grocery list is filled with apple sauce, pear chunks, tangerine slices, etc which I either eat as a snack or use for a few smoothies. Of course not all fruits are available – I love mango but until recently, I had to buy whole mangoes, slice them, etc. Thanks to Del Monte, I don’t have to do that anymore with their Mango Fruit Snack Packs.

I have enjoyed several packs of this delicious tropical fruit. I hope you don’t mind my sharing a few of my favorite recipes – all of which you guys should definitely try.

Mango Refresher

1 jar (20 oz.) Del Monte® SunFresh® Mango, undrained
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
8 ice cubes
(Optional) fresh mint
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint, if desired

Mango Chicken Stir-fry

2 cups Del Monte® SunFresh® Mango, drained and cubed
3 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in cubes (I sometimes substitute shrimp)
1 cup green pepper strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup stir-fry sauce or sweet and sour sauce
1/4 cup sliced green onions
(Optional) salt
(Optional) pepper
(Optional) rice
Cook chicken, green pepper, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes in oil in large skillet, 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in sauce and green onions; cook 2 minutes. Add fruit and heat through. Serve with rice, if desired.

Don’t feel like cooking, you can eat it straight out of the cup or add a few extras first like granola, yogurt, etc to get a little snack variety. All these delicious fruits are available at your local grocery store.

Moises de la Renta’s Limited Edition T-Shirts for MANGO

The New York based designer, Moises de la Renta, has designed a limited edition collection of romantic t-shirts for Spanish chain, MANGO, in which this garment is reinterpreted in various ways: embellishing it with jewels, precious stones and tulle and giving it a customized deluxe air, as well as creating graphic illusions by employing heraldic symbols combined with transparencies and patchwork effects. This collection will go on sale at the company’s stores in April, with prices ranging from $50 – 70 dollars. He stated, via press release, that the inspiration for this t-shirt collection was “the traditional romantic themes: from pretty patchworks with summer flowers in sombre colours, such as rose, violet, grey and black, to graphic illusions which combine transparent effects, with shiny gems and adornments in between”

About the designer:
Aged just 25, Moises de la Renta is already an established designer. Representing a blend of chic and New York cool styles, this Dominican Republic born, Connecticut raised designer has already seen Michelle Obama wear a dress from his Autumn ’09 collection. The son of the legendary Oscar de la Renta, Moises grew up with an innate sense of elegance. His style is attenuated with a rock & roll sensibility.