• Karen Buch, RDN, LDN

Crispy Green Review


About the Company Crispy Green®, the leading U.S. provider of high-quality freeze-dried fruit snacks, was founded in August 2004 with a vision to become the leading provider of high quality, natural food products desired by everyone who wants to live a healthy and better life. Providing nutritious and delicious snacks to consumers of all ages is what Crispy Green® is all about. The Crispy Green® philosophy is simple: keep it pure, keep it tasty and keep it wholesome. Based in Fairfield, New Jersey, Crispy Green strives to source its raw ingredients from certified, carefully selected growers in China.

About the Product A shelf-stable bag of Crispy Fruit contains just one ingredient: fruit that is all-natural with no additives or preservatives. A sophisticated freeze-drying process removes 99 percent of the water from fresh fruit, leaving behind the fruit’s true essence in a light and crispy texture. An estimated 10 to 15 pounds of fresh fruit are needed to produce a single pound of freeze-dried fruit. Crispy Fruit is ready to eat straight from the bag so you can enjoy real fruit anytime. In addition, you can use Crispy Fruit as a topping for cereal, mixed with nuts and seeds to create a custom trail mix or sprinkled onto yogurt or ice cream. The experience, taste and quality of every bite are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee that includes a no-questions-asked, hassle-free return policy. The Crispy Fruit product line is non-GMO, gluten free, kosher, vegan and allergen-free. Karen’s Review Crispy Fruit is available in 7 varieties including Apple, Asian Pear, Banana, Cantaloupe, Mango, Pineapple and Tangerine. All flavors are available in convenient grab-&-go 6-pack of single serve bags (MSRP: $7.99) or individual, 0.36-ounce single-serve bags (MSRP: $1.49) that provide approximately one serving of fruit and 55 calories or less, 8 to 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein and zero fat. Although overall dried fruit sales are down, freeze-dried snack consumption is actually growing in the United States, representing 2.5 percent of all dried fruit sales. Registered dietitians can keep freeze-dried fruit in mind for their clients and patients as a convenient, stable, extended shelf-life option for fruit consumption. Crispy Fruit stores easily in a lunchbox, desk drawer, back pack, car or anywhere that handy snacks are needed.

My personal favorites are Mango and Pineapple followed closely by Banana. I often warn my clients that most dried banana ‘chips’ are indeed fried and many dried pineapple varieties typically contain added sugar. All Crispy Fruit have no additives whatsoever!

In addition, the brand offers an interactive online gathering of ideas and information in support of living a healthier lifestyle with a focus on nutrition, fitness, family, travel, education and wellness at SmartLifebites.com. To learn more, visit crispygreen.com. If you decide to give this product a try, please share your experience. Comment below, tag Nutrition Connections LLC on Facebook, or tweet us using #FoodNewsReviews and @KarenBuch.

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