February 19, 2009
Freeze-dried fruit fad

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My inbox is filled with emails hawking everything from "healthy" Crisco to happy hour frozen yogurt (TCBY offers half-priced smoothies everyday from 5 to 6 p.m.).

So I thought it was interesting there are two companies selling freeze-dried fruit packets - could this be some new fad? I had to wonder, "What's wrong with plain old regular fruit?" But, as it turns out, this crunchy, freeze-dried stuff isn't half bad, especially if you're trying to get the full requirement of fruit servings into a kid.

I tried the Funky Monkey brand that comes in flavors with radical names like Purple Funk (banana with açai), Jivealime (pineapple with lime), and Bananamon (banana with cinnamon). Each 1-ounce packet sells for $1.99 to $2.99 at Super Target, Whole Foods Market and AllergyGrocer.

The other brand, Crispy Green, has simpler flavors - apple, pear, pineapple - and sells for about $1.49 at Whole Foods.

Crunchy and flavorful, without added sugar, preservatives or flavoring, it's the most natural version of processed food there is. Plus, it contains no fat or cholesterol, and has a really long shelf life.

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