Wow, a lot of those sound absolutely heavenly. I have been on the look out for convenient fruit because my school dining halls only serve fruit in the morning, and I have a 14 meals/week meal plan, so I eat on my own in the morning. But, I don't think I can afford to spend so much money on fruit. Most of those are ridiculously expensive.
Fruit may be nature's candy-but its packaging needs a lot of work. From tough kiwis to tender blueberries, the goods seldom survive the thrashing they take inside the average handbag. Even fruit cradled in a bowl on the counter can within days look as if it ran afoul of Naomi Campbell. No wonder we have a hard time getting our nutritionist-recommended five servings a day. The solution: a new food genre we like to call "fruit goo." While the real thing is always better, the following products deliver a pure, tasty fruit alternative, without a lot of added sugar or chemicals.
1. Brownwood Acres FruitFast Liquid CherryFlex Brownwood Acres sucked the natural sugars and water out of cherries to create this syrupy extract. Each teaspoon contains 100 miligrams of anthocyanins, the antioxidants that give cherries their anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy credentials (you'd need to eat about 80 cherries to get that much). As expected, the tartness will suck your cheeks together, but wait for the surprising sweet-as-honey aftertaste. Add it to oatmeal, smoothies, tea, or (our favorite) as a vanilla or chocolate fro-yo topper. ($20 for 10 oz, fruitfast.com)
2. e4b Kiwi 100% Fruit Puree Kiwis are little vitamin bombs, but they're a pain to peel. So e4b mashed them and put them in a super-convenient pouch that you can toss around without fear of spillage. Twist off the top and squeeze the smoothielike mixture into your mouth--you'll get the tangy taste of kiwi with hints of banana and apple. Half a bag equals one fruit serving and has 25 percent of the daily value of Vitamin C, says Barbara Klein, Ph.D., professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ($30 for 10, e4b.com)
3. FruitaBu Organic Smoooshed Grape Frit Flats These paper-thin 40-calorie strips taste and feel ike the Fruit Roll-Ups Mom tucked inside your lunchbox, except they're made with only two ingredients: organic rape and apple puree concentrates--not corn syrup and red dye number 40. One strip is half a serving of fruit. ($18.50 for 40, fruitabu.com)
4. Frunoia Blueberry High Fiber Fruit Bar Most goo-like products lose the fiber dring processing, but not this baby--a packs 7 grams in just one 150-calorie package. It looks and tastes like a sticky fruitcake shaped into a candy bar. We liked the natural blueberry taste--and the fact that it snagged s two fll fruit servings. ($35 for 18, kettlevalley.net)
5. Nutri-Fruit 100% Freeze Dried Black Raspberry Berries are like Grey's Anatomy episodes: deliciously juicy one week, bland the next. Now you can find the fruit in always-perfect form. Freeze-drying stops antioxidant breakdown, so you're getting the biggest dose of blackberry goodness possible. Add a tablespoon (equal to a 1/3 cup of berries) to plain yogurt or oatmeal to a subtle berry kick. ($25 per 5 oz can, nutrifruit.com)
CW: Lost 0 lbs (Jun. '14) GW: 120.0 lbs (N/A)
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