Whole Food Solutions for Snack Time

Whole Food Solutions for Snack Time

Traina Home Grown is on a mission to help people increase their fruit intake, which overall is lacking. Though consumers seem to love fruit, research shows they need more options for creating easy and nutritious ways to enjoy it. That’s where Traina Home Grown®’s nutrient-dense naturally dried fruit products come in! Sun dried fruit is a naturally sweet alternative to processed sugar and it provides the good carbs the brain and body actually need but with far less negative blood sugar response because it is naturally sweet and contains fiber. With Traina Home Grown’s variety of delicious dried fruit options, users can easily diversify flavors in snacks and meals. The Traina family offers the following fruit-forward™ solutions to snack-time woes.

For many, eating more smaller meals and “grazing” or snacking throughout the day has replaced sitting down to three “square meals.” For a quick small meal on the go, a trio of string cheese, nuts and a handful of Traina Home Grown fruitons® is the perfect combination to fuel the body and also satisfy the taste buds. A mid-morning snack that also serves as a pre- or post-workout mini meal can include dried fruit, an apple or banana and some peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter). 

An easy homemade trail mix can be customized to each snacker’s delight — and making it can be a fun activity for kids of all ages. Set out bowls of toasted nuts, seeds and/or oats, a selection of dried fruit varieties, mini pretzels or crackers, healthy cereal such as Chex or Cheerios, yogurt-covered raisins, dark chocolate bits, and coconut shavings, and let each member of the family create their own delicious mix!

Energy bites are a popular and convenient way to enjoy a dose of nutrient-dense dried fruit as well as protein-packed nut or seed butters. Everything from oats, 100 percent honey or maple syrup, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, and more can be tossed together to form these no-bake balls that serve as a delicious after-dinner nosh or snack any time of day.

Mason jar salads are easy mini-meals and snacks that can be pre-made and kept in the fridge until they are ready to eat or take on the go. Dried fruit is a tasty way to ramp up the flavor of, and add texture to, a variety of salads. 

Whole food snacks are so much more nutritious and filling than a pre-package bag of chips or candy bar out of the vending machine in the office breakroom or at the community rec center. It may take a little more preparation to have whole food snacks ready to go, but Traina Foods even has that angle covered with individual sized pre-packaged bags of dried fruit that can be stored in a purse, backpack, gym bag or briefcase to enjoy anytime. For more healthy eating tips, recipes and more, visit www.trainafoods.com.