As parents we know that cutting up fruit or veggies for handy snacking is a great idea, but often these choices don’t get eaten and the food is wasted. The two companies I recently looked at helped solve the problem by offering tasty, fresh fruit options in convenient portion-sized packages.
Crunch Pak is a leading producer of cleaned, sliced, fresh apples. The company has perfected a breathable package which allows sliced apples to absorb oxygen while getting rid of carbon dioxide. This, coupled with slicing the apples into the correct width, gives the products a 21 day shelf-life.
New to their growing product line are FlavorZ and DipperZ. FlavorZ are apples slices infused with another fruit flavor. The texture and crispness of the apples slices is not compromised and the added flavor is subtle. These would be a great lunchbox surprise or on-the-go treat. FlavorZ come in 2 ounce bags, packaged 5 to a container. Grape has 30 calories a bag, 0 milligrams of sodium and 124 milligrams of vitamin C (120% of the daily requirement). Peach Mango and Strawberry Vanilla Cream have 35 calories a bag, 0 milligrams of sodium and 124 milligrams of vitamin C (120% of the daily requirement).
DipperZ are fresh apple slices or baby carrots coupled with a dip. Though some parents may find the dip objectionable because it bribes the child to eat the fruit, studies have shown that allowing kids to dip fruits and vegetables increases consumption. The dip provided in each DipperZ is slightly more than 1 tablespoon and the parent can choose those dips they feel are the best choice because a wide variety of flavors are available. DipperZ are single serve items in 2.75 ounce packages, a good child-sized portion.
Dipper Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dressing has 50 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 10,500 IUs of vitamin A (210% of the daily recommendation) and 135 milligrams of sodium. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A.
DipperZ Sweet Apples with Yogurt Dip has 60 calories, a trace of fiber, 124 milligrams of vitamin C (140% of the daily recommendation) and 15 milligrams of sodium.
DipperZ Sweet Apples with Chocolate Dip has 70 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 124 milligrams of vitamin C (140% of the daily recommendation) and 15 milligrams of sodium.
DipperZ Sweet Apples with Low Fat Caramel Dip or Tart Apples with Low Fat Caramel Dip both have 60 calories, 12 gram of fiber, 124 milligrams of vitamin C (140% of the daily recommendation) and 35 milligrams of sodium.
DipperZ Sweet Apples with Peanut Butter has 150 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 118 milligrams of vitamin C (130% of the daily recommendation) and 105 milligrams of sodium.
These are products kids will enjoy and are good-for-them treats. They are a good choice for an adult’s brownbag lunch, too.
Fruit Bliss is a Brooklyn-based company that offers soft dried fruits. The flavors – figs, apricots, plums, fruit medley and mini apricots – are preservative free, all natural and slightly rehydrated to give them a soft, moist mouth feel. It is recommended that the package be refrigerated after opening. The higher moisture content could allow mold to form if stored in the kitchen cabinet.
The figs and plums are sourced from Turkey and the apricots come from France. The fruits are packaged in 6-ounce resealable pouches. The mini apricots come in 1.76-ounce individual bags that would be good for lunch or a snack on-the-go. The brand is NonGMO verified, certified vegan and kosher certified (OU). The company donates 5% of its profits to worthy causes such as the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
Kids will enjoy these excellent dried fruits because they are not only tasty but soft and moist.
For more information on Crunch Pak FlavorZ and DipperZ go to: www.crunchpak.com.
For more information on Fruit Bliss go to: www.fruitbliss.com.
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Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.
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