When I was a kid, I would BEG my mom for fruit rollups. They ranked right up there with Capri Sun for me. Being in a “controlled income” household both were considered ‘special’ treats for our lunch boxes.
What is it about a flat, paper thin “slice” of “fruit”? I loved those sweet sheets of sugary goodness, wrapping them around my index finger and making it last for hours (was I the only one that would eat them this way?) I just wanted them to last longer!
Well, I found away to re-live those childhood memories without all the added sugar and it’s name is fruit leather.
I’ve seen many brands, Trader Joe’s has there own and so does Target. I’ve also seen a few brands like Stretch Island at the supermarket. Normally the grocery store tucks them away in the diet or ethnic food sections. Why? I don’t know. I think a lot more people would chose them over traditional fruit rollups it they saw a comparison.
Hmmm… Comparison. Let’s do that…
Both have similar calories (50), fat (0) and fiber (0-1) but it’s the ingredients that matter this time.
Stretch Island Strawberry
General Mills Strawberry Fruit Roll Up
Now which would you want to give your kids?
Speaking of kids, these make great snack for the little ones. The toddler has been enjoying fruit leather for quite awhile, especially because it fits nicely in my purse!