“New fave for school-age kids: A pack of this freeze-dried cinnamony fruit has as much potassium as a banana.” -Parents magazine
“Just crunchy, organic fruit, with no added sugar, flavors, or preservatives. My fave is Purple Funk: organic bananas laced with acai. I tried these on some small-tyke friends, and they loved them, too (these would make a great lunch-box or car snack). ….My young friends devoured a bag in no time.” -Delicious Living magazine blog
“No-brainer travel snacks: You’ll find pieces of freeze-dried fruit like banana or pineapple (so plenty of vitamins and fiber) in bags of Funky Monkey.” -EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine
“Unlike most conventional dried fruit, these sweet crunchy bites have no added sugar or preservatives. There are four varieties: our favorite [is] Purple Funk, with banana and trendy antioxidant superstar açaí….They’re very munchable, especially to four-year-old Lina, who claimed to ‘really like this one.’” -The Today Show
“Lots of freeze-dried fruit has become available in individual serving packages like this one, but this is the first that understands that a bag containing one type of fruit can be dull. Funky Monkey Carnaval contains a satisfying, tasty mix of bananas, pineapple, apple, papaya and raisins that leaves your taste buds zinging. Just a few bites make us want to hop on the next plane to Brazil where this healthy snack originates. With no added sugar, no fat and no artificial anything, this product is a winner!” -Rated 99/100 points, given a “Rising Star” designation by Phil Lempert, Gourmet Retailer
A healthy after-school snack: “A freeze-dried combo of lime juice and pineapple, Funky Monkey Fruit That Crunches in JiveLime is 100 percent fruit, with a pleasingly tart-sweet taste.” -Good Housekeeping
Winter Fruit Options
When winter months hit the Northern Hemisphere, many Americans’ diets tend to go into hibernation. Local produce becomes non-existent, and fresh, in-season fruit is harder to come by.
Trouble is, our nutritional needs don’t change. According to the USDA’s MyPyramid guidelines, adults need three to four servings of fruit per day, year round. Add in the temptations so prevalent during the end-of-year holidays—cookies, pastries, high-calorie beverages quickly come to mind—and it’s easy to see how healthy eating can suddenly head south for the winter.
To keep your fruit intake up, increase your consumption of bananas, apples and citrus fruits, all of which can still be reasonably priced during the winter. Raisins and dried plums are also a good choice, as is canned fruit (make sure there’s no added sugar.)
Over the past 20 years or so, imported fruits have come to American supermarkets during our winter months. Growing seasons in South and Central America make up for the Northern hemisphere’s seasonality, making berries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, lemons, limes and other favorites available anytime. The high cost of imported fruit compared to summertime equivalents, though, can strain tight family budgets, so watch for specials.
Another alternative is freeze-dried fruit. In the past, freeze-drying usually produced chalky, powdery products with little flavor. Funky Monkey Snacks, however, has revolutionized freeze drying with a totally new and proprietary technique. The result is 100% real fruit with a crisp, crunchy texture that both children and adults love.
Many processed products are based on fruit. But most contain added sugars, colors, flavors and
preservatives. What’s more, traditional dried fruit preserves less than half the nutrients of fresh fruit. Funky Monkey’s ‘fruit that crunches’ tastes great and has none of the junk, while maintaining nutritional values equal to its fresh fruit counterpart. And each bag contains three servings of fruit—nearly the entire daily recommended amount.
Source: Funky Monkey Snacks.
Fans of Funky Monkey Snacks have offered the company their favorite ways to enjoy Funky Monkey. Try these!
Mix with pretzels for a sweet and salty crunch.
Add to smoothies for great flavor and texture.
Add to fruit salad for that extra crunch.
Dip in dark chocolate fondue (especially bananas and strawberries).
Add your favorite nut combinations to make a custom trail mix.
Make-your-own muesli: add to oatmeal, along with dried cranberries and walnuts.
Sprinkle over ice cream to add nutrition and fun color.
Dip in your favorite nut butter for a protein boost.
Mix into yogurt for great crunch and flavor.
Stir into rice or other milk – like having a bowl of cereal, without the cereal.