Being a mom is by definition a busy job, but around here, mornings are the busiest time of all. In the rush to get everybody dressed, fed, and ready to go out the door, lunches and snacks tend to get left to the last minute. Back in September I was motivated to make fancy lunches every day, but it’s May now, and honestly it can be a struggle to keep lunches interesting for my girls. If Kay had her way, she’d put candy in there every day, but I don’t think so! I do understand why she’d get bored with the same old thing though, so I’m always on the lookout for new and healthy snack ideas.
When it comes to snacks, allergies are also an issue. Like many schools, Kay’s preschool is nut-free due to a classmate with an anaphylactic allergy, so we’re very careful about what kind of treats we send. We recently discovered freeze dried Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps, and we’re already big fans of this tasty and versatile treat! Naturally gluten-free, soy-free, and packaged in a peanut-free facility, Fruit Crisps are allergen-free and classroom-approved. And since they don’t need any prep, they’re a morning rush time saver for me too!
If you’ve never had freeze dried food before, think astronaut food! Freeze dried food was popularized in space programs because it’s super light and keeps for years without refrigeration. To make these delicious Fruit Crisps, the fruit is peeled, sliced, and flash frozen, and then dehydrated under pressure until over 95% of the water is removed. This process leaves behind virtually all the vitamins, nutrients, and flavour. Since microorganisms can’t grow without water, the freeze dried fruit doesn’t need preservatives to keep it from spoiling.
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps are 100% real freeze dried fruit with no added sugar or preservatives. They contain all the nutrition of fresh fruit, but in a convenient mess-free pouch printed with fun Disney characters that my kids love! Each pouch contains 2 servings of fruit, and they come in 3 very tasty varieties: strawberry/banana, pear, and apple.
Unlike dehydrated fruit, freeze dried fruit has the flavour of fresh with a light crispy texture that almost melts in your mouth. The texture makes these ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, but don’t let that stop you from snacking on these too. The whole family thinks these are yummy! Kay’s favourite is the Fuji apple, and I confess to being partial to the strawberries.
Fruit Crisps aren’t just for school snacks though. I don’t know about you, but my kids are constantly harassing me for food (unless it’s dinnertime when they decide that eating is the worst thing ever), so I always have snacks in my big mom purse. Sure, granola bars are convenient, but they have way too much sugar for me to feel comfortable feeding them to my kids on the regular. In comparison, Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps are just fruit with no sugar added. When your ingredient list is one item long, you know you’ve got a winner!
Kay likes taking a pouch with her to the park. Fruit Crisps mean no messy, sticky hands which is a blessing when we don’t have access to soap and water.
We’re big fans of Fruit Crisps! They’re the ultimate in convenience when we’re out and about, and I don’t even mind the kids eating these in the car. They’re a healthy choice for self-feeding babies, toddlers on the go, preschool or daycare, and hungry moms too!
Other Ways to Eat Fruit Crisps
You can totally eat them out of the bag, but there are lots of other ways to eat ’em too! Here are a few of the ways we’ve enjoyed our freeze dried Fruit Crisps.
- Add a handful on top of your morning yogurt or cereal for natural sweetness and fruit flavour. I like the strawberry/banana Fruit Crisps best for this.
- Try these as a mix in with your oatmeal. I highly recommend crumbling a few slices of Fuji apple and stirring them up with milk and a dash of cinnamon.
- Add Fruit Crisps to your trail mix recipe. I think this will be perfect when we go camping this summer.
- In a pinch, freeze dried fruit can substitute for fresh fruit in baked goods like pancakes or muffins, desserts, sauces, etc. Grab these tips for substituting freeze dried fruit for fresh.
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