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Fruit Snacks Done Right, No Domestic Skills Needed!

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.

Healthy Convenience

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.


Ashley said...

What a great idea! We don't do fruit snacks in our house, but both my kids devour the fruit leather from Costco (do you know what I'm talking about?). But this is a great alternative just to mix things up. Where's the honeyville outlet store?

Rebecca said...

I think we have 15 boxes of costco fruit leather in our basement. But it does get nice to have some completely non-sticky alternatives! There is a honeyville outlet in Salt Lake, I haven't been to it. I go to one in Brigham City, on the way to my Moms.

Erin said...

I just ran across your blog yesterday as I was looking for recipes. I'm big into whole foods (but apparently I'm not as good at it as you are :). It's funny because no one I know really cares about this kind of thing (well, maybe a couple people do). I feel like a nutrition loner in the world. This morning I baked with spelt, and my husband said, "spelt? Who's ever even heard of spelt?" Anyway, thanks for your blog and the good information you have. It's helpful to me, and it's nice to see that I'm not totally weird.