Sister’s Fruit Company

While in my happy place this summer (the grocery stores of Oregon), I bought some apple (and pear) chips that turned out to be the most delicious snacks I have ever eaten. Sister’s Fruit Company. Made by a small family company in Oregon, these all natural fruit chips are made out of USDA Grade A Pacific Northwest fruit, that are sliced and dried in an all natural process. The chips just have a touch of pure cane sugar but are not overly sweet. You can eat them on cereal or oatmeal, but I tend to eat them just straight out of the bag. The kids are also huge fans and we can polish off a bag in one sitting. Mainly sold on the west coast, you can also buy online (thank you, internet).

 

All of the flavors are good — you can’t go wrong! Except for once you start, you cannot stop.

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Summer Grilling: Fruit

With summer officially coming to an end in a few weeks, grilling season in the Northeast is starting to wind down. Readers of the blog know that I try to provide healthier takes on every day meals and recipes.  I (aka, master griller Ken) did a previous post on Grilled Artichokes, and now… Grilled Fruit!

Fruit

Fruit basket

Ken is in charge of (and loves) grilling.  But if it were up to him, our grilled meals would include a lot more cheeseburgers, flank steak, and ribs than I am comfortable with.  So, we try to compromise by always grilling some fish and meat, and by including vegetables, and now, fruit.  Grilling fruit is a great way to encourage fruit consumption, and the heat brings out more of the natural sugars.  Delicious and healthy!

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“Ice Cream”

Here I go again with another one of my weird concoctions. And once again, trust me…it is delicious. Ice cream — but made with (shocker) NO MILK, NO DAIRY, NO ADDED SUGAR (minus chocolate bits), NO GUILT.

Warning: You have to like baby food and/or mushy textures to really enjoy this recipe. Otherwise, you will hate this. Stating the obvious, but you also have to like bananas. Finally, as delicious as this is, it is not really ice cream. I am just saying…..

Ingredients:

ingredients

All three of these items are always in the kitchen, so this treat makes an easy go to snack!

* 2 frozen bananas

* Several splashes of almond/soy/coconut/rice milk

* some added party favors: chocolate bits, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce…  the world is your oyster.

Directions:

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