Dole Recipes Inspired by Disney’s The Lion King are Perfect for Dads and Father’s Day

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole is celebrating the iconic father/son themes of Disney’s The Lion King film, and empowering men in kitchens everywhere, with seven new “Dad-friendly” recipes in time for Father’s Day on June 16.

            The original breakfast, smoothie, salad, snack and soup recipes – including a bold new Dole Fro-Whip made with bananas, blueberries and coconut milk – are among 10 new dishes unveiled today as part of Dole’s “Powering the Hero Within” (#DoleHero) healthy-living initiative inspired by the reimagined Disney blockbuster roaring into theaters on July 19.

            Centered on the idea of “No-Worry Nutrition” to help dads encourage their own families toward better nutrition, the simpler recipes were developed by Melanie Marcus, MA, RD, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, and require 10 ingredients or less and a maximum preparation time of 30 minutes.

“In honor of Disney’s The Lion King, we’re out to crown dads of all ages ‘Kings of the Kitchen’ in pursuit of healthier households and a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Marcus. “We know that preparing and serving healthy meals simply has to be a whole-family (pride) effort – and Dole is here to help.”

Melanie’s Dad-tested recipes range from Pride Lands Pancakes, a fruity twist on a breakfast staple, and Dole Beet ‘N Berry Smoothie, packed with nutrients and antioxidants for energy throughout the day, to Simba-licious Slawesome! Salad, created for kids and peanut butter and jelly lovers alike,and Nala Naan, a notch up from classic naan thanks to a rich Ethiopian spice blend.

Others include Bountiful Quinoa Lentil Soup, based on Dole’s new line of Bountiful Kits with plant-based protein; Prideland Lentil Cucumber Salad, a delicious way to get vitamins A and C; and the Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip, a new take on everyone’s favorite frozen dessert that equals one serving of fruit and less than 90 calories.    

Continuing through Labor Day, the latest chapter of Dole’s “Powering the Hero Within” features a total of 20 original, themedrecipes; social, digital and blogger/influencer execution; a ferociously fun consumer contest with prizes; and images of SimbaNalaRifikiZazu,TimonPumbaa and other Disney’s The Lion King characters on millions of DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples in U.S. and Canadian supermarkets.

For original recipes, nutritional insights and other information about “Powering the Hero Within,” go to Dole will announce new recipes, contest details and other news related to Disney’s The Lion King throughout the summer.  Use #PoweringTheHeroWithin and “NoWorryTraditions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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