Three Ways to Get More Natural Fruit into Your Diet

All-natural fruit snacks are delicious, healthy, and a great alternative to sugary treats if you have a sweet tooth.

Close up of dried fruit
A collection of natural, organic, dried fruit makes great filling for gift baskets.Bonnie and Pop

In need of a high-energy snack that’s also nutritious and won’t weigh you down? It’s hard to beat dried fruit to keep you going at work, on the trail, or any time you need a quick boost of flavor and energy. From fruit leather to dehydrated chips, it’s easy to indulge in these all-natural treats anytime, anywhere. Dried fruit also has a long shelf life, making it an obvious choice for any store of emergency rations or trail food. Here are a few popular ways of enjoying this healthy and versatile snack.

Freeze-dried Crisps

Dried Fruit Gift Basket Tray Turns into Basket
Freeze-drying isn’t the same as the dehydrating process, and it extends the shelf-life of products.Bonnie and Pop

Freeze drying is not to be confused with simple dehydrating. Yes, it is also a water-removal process, but freezing under vacuum conditions causes the H2O in the product to convert straight from ice to a gas, leaving behind more of the food’s original flavor and a crispier, chip-like texture. Freeze-drying also maximizes shelf life of fruit products, making it the best method for long-term storage.

Fruit Bars

That's it Fruit Bars Snack Gift Box
Fruit bars can be dense and a little more filling than small fruit snacks.That's it

Fruit leathers and bars are a great addition to any lunch or breakfast and a great snack in their own right. Because different fruits can be blended to produce unique flavor profiles, there is more variety of taste in commercial fruit bars than in freeze-dried or dehydrated fruit.

Gummie Treats

Mott's Fruit Snacks
Kids love fruit gummy snacks because they’re so close to other treats like gummy worms, but healthier.Mott's

Gummies don’t have to be all candy and no nutrition. They may not be as wholesome as real fruit, but kids love the taste and texture of gummies, making them a good way to sneak in some extra vitamin C on a regular basis.