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Welcome back to another post. Welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while or welcome if you’re new. Today I bring you part 2 of fruit snacks. If you missed part 1 you can click here then come back to read this post. Or if you are just interested in learning about some “healthier” fruit snacks then please keep on reading.
We all eat fruit (or some of us don’t) for those who don’t chances are you might eat dried fruit or freeze-dried fruit. We all know that dried fruit or freeze-dried fruit can be high in added sugars or unnecessary ingredients. Fruit snacks have become a staple in most households these days. Even when I was in school (many) years ago fruit snacks was always a part of my packed school lunch and an afternoon snack when I got home.
Today I’m going to give you some “healthier” fruit snacks that you can feel good about buying and eating. Want to learn what made the healthier fruit list then please keep on reading.
Veggie-Go’s Organic Chewy Fruit & Veggie Snacks, Mountain Berry Spinach
15 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0 g protein
Ingredients: Organic apples, spinach, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and sweet potatoes are the only things used to create Veggie-Go’s low-cal, low-sugar snack.
Bare Baked Crunchy Apple Chips Gluten Free Fuji Red 1 oz, 90 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 10 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 0 g protein
You probably don’t think you need to read the ingredient or nutritional panel on a bag that’s primarily filled with apples. But in today’s sketchy food scene, it’s 100 percent necessary.
Bare Snacks Simply Banana Chips ½ cup, 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 1 g protein
To make naturally sweet banana chips at home, all you need is a banana and some lemon juice to prevent browning. Bare Snacks’ no-sugar-added variety will save you 90 calories and a whopping 13 grams of fat per serving
Ice Pops (Not Freeze Pops)
Sunday Cats Ice Pops 1 freezie, 20 – 40 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 0 g protein
There’s nothing better than an ice-cold popsicle on a warm day. But as adults, we know that no great tasting treat is worth eating if it’s filled with junk like high fructose corn syrup and potassium sorbate, a carcinogen that’s been shown to cause the cells of mammals to mutate.
Sunday Cats Ice Pops have the same great flavor as their chemical-filled competitor—but without the chemicals.
Annie’s Organic Orchard Strawberry Fruit Bites 1 pouch, 60 calories, 5 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 0 g protein
Annie’s Organic product as the winner because it’s made almost entirely of fruits, veggies, and added vitamin C. Translation: all of the sugar is the naturally occurring variety. Don’t get it twisted, though; this doesn’t mean Annie’s fruit bites are super healthy. But they certainly are the healthier option.
Trader Joe’s Dried Fruit Dark Sweet Cherries 1/3 cup (40 g), 120 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 20 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 0 g protein
A cup of dried fruit packs up to eight times more calories and sugar than a cup of the fresh stuff. Which is why you should only buy dried fruits that are free of added sugar. Not only does adding the white granular stuff to the mix up the sugar and calorie count, but you also don’t even need it to make the fruit taste good! Trader Joe’s bag of dried cherries only contains one ingredient—and that’s fruit!
Jell-O Simply Good Strawberry Gelatin ½ cup, 90 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 2 g protein
Many old school diets recommend eating sugar-free Jell-O as a healthy dessert but don’t listen to them. Many of these diets were developed way before we knew just how harmful sugar alternatives like Acesulfame potassium (which is used to make sugar-free Jell-O appetizing) could be. Now we know the additive can cause neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and in rare cases, epileptic seizures.
That’s why we suggest going with Jell-O’s more caloric option from their new Simply Good line, which offers four different flavors of Jell-O flavored with real fruit juices and free of artificial flavors, dyes and, preservatives. While it’s not clean enough to be found on the shelves of a Whole Foods, it’s definitely the better option.
Earth’s Best Organic Apple Sauce Cups 4 oz, 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 20 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 0 g protein
Apples are a potent superfood, but not all products made with the stuff can claim the same. Example: Mott’s Original Applesauce, for example, is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup—which makes up more than 50 percent of the sugar. Not to mention, the plastic container in which it’s contained is laced with BPA, a chemical that’s been linked to obesity. It’s also been shown to throw off important mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters by significantly altering genes in the stress-mediating portion of the brain. That said, we recommend buying Earth’s Best applesauce instead. It comes in a BPA-free container and is free of added sugar. It’s also made with organic apples, which is good news considering apples are one of the most pesticide-laden crops in America.
Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears 16 pieces 130 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 20 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 19 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein
Most gummies go head-to-head in terms of sugar, fat, carbs, and calories, so I looked at the quality of ingredients to pick the winning bag of bears. Black Forest colors their candies with things like black carrot juice, turmeric.
Siggi’s 4% Blueberry 1 container, 4.4 oz, 140 calories, 4.5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 55 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 12 g protein
Siggi’s 4% milkfat varieties deliver satiating healthy fats and 12 grams of protein for a mere 8 grams of sugar, making their ratio among the “healthiest” on the market.