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 aÃ§ai), 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.
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.