I was always a fan of craisins, raisins, and dried blueberries as a kid, but once I was turned on to Trader Joes' freeze-dried strawberries, I started singing to a different tune. From strawberries to bananas, freeze dried fruit has become my go-to breakfast companion and a common snack food in my house. This light, crunchy treat is also really good for you, and I highly recommend you go out and buy (or make!) some for yourself. And here's why:
* Low in Calories
With all natural sweetening, freeze-dried fruit, will fill you up without adding unwanted calories to your daily diet. Add it on top of cereal, oatmeal, or even salads for a super sweet crunch!
* High in Fiber
Fiber is a great nutrient for everything from weight loss to lowering cholesterol. Freeze-dried fruit contains up to 2 g of fiber per 1/2 cup!
* Natural Sugar
Unlike typical dried fruits like cranberries, freeze-dried fruits contain no added sugar. That means it is all natural sugar in this tasty little snack!
* Easy Storage
Freeze-dried fruit is lighter than fresh fruit, so it is a great option for earthquake kits, car snacks, or natural sugar bursts while hiking or running.
Here's how to make your own:
1. Place the food on a plate or tray.
2. Place the tray in the freezer. If possible, make sure the freezer is empty of other items. Try not to open the freezer while the food is freezing because it will cause ice crystals to develop!
3. Keep the food in the freezer until it has freeze dried.
Test to make sure the food is completely freeze dried by removing a piece and allowing it to thaw. If it turns black, the food is not freeze dried yet.
4. Store the food. Once the food has completely freeze dried, place it in freezer storage bags. Push out the air, seal the bags, and store them either in the freezer or in your pantry!