Yikes...Or What Not to do...
I sat in the row behind someone in church a couple years ago. I watched as she fed her toddler to keep him occupied, something I do to, for better or worse. First she pulled out colored mini marshmallows. Followed by fruit snacks, fruit loops, laffy taffy, and finally a sucker. This family was visiting. I have no idea if this is how she fed her child every day or if this was unusual. Unfortunately, I think this is more common than not. If you have been that mom, don't worry. Don't look back just go forward and try to start making better choices for your children.
I think the reason many people turn to processed, high sugar foods is their convenience. So I am here to offer you a convenient, easy, portable version of fruit snacks. Freeze dried fruit. They have absolutely zero additives or preservatives. They are cooled extremely quickly at a low temperature and in a vaccum. The moisture is removed but all the nutrition remains. I pack my basement full of this. At any given time we have open cans of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, peaches and bananas. Also available are apricots, mangoes, and pineapple. They are colorful, crunchy and delicious.
Buy in Bulk
By purchasing them in bulk, you avoid the extremely high prices of the natural food stores. I purchase mine from Honeyville or Morning Moos. I use the local Honeyville outlet, and the grocery store for Morning Moos when they go on sale. Provident Pantry also has a bulk line for sale at Emergency Essentials. The Provident Pantry line is a bit more expensive. But their bananas are freeze dried. The Honeyville bananas are actually dehydrated, sweetened, and have preservatives and oils. Avoid those. Individually, they range in price from $12-22. But think of the number of "fruit snack" packs you can make from just one can.
Enjoy and bring these anywhere. They aren't just for backpacking. They are for diaper bags, school lunches, hot and cold cereal and snacking.
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