Worry-Free Snacking with Eat Your Heart Out!

Yesterday when it got to be snack time we reached for a bag of peach wedges with mango. Sounds good, doesn't it? It gets better not only are they full of flavor but they are gluten-free and all natural with no cholesterol, no preservatives and no fat. So how does Amy Sinaiko, President of the company Eat Your Heart Out!, do it? The concept is pretty simple — freeze-drying. "Basically, what you do is take fresh fruits or vegetables and flash freeze them, then freeze dry them at low temperatures for more than 30 hours. Since they are dried at such low temperatures, all of the nutrients stay active. You're still getting the vitamins and minerals, but you're giving it a shelf life of one or two years." Eat Your Heart Out!, founded in 1999, has exploded over the past few years and can be found in chains such as Whole Foods, Wegman's and Albertson's. Lately, Ms. Sinaiko's passion has been working with schools in an effort to end childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. She was invited by Eric Bost, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, to meet with his group at the USDA. Under Secretary Bost heads up the "Child Wellness Initiative" which governs the national school lunch program.Our first thought when we opened up the package was that the contents were pretty slim, but as we crunched away we realized it was the perfect snack amount; approximately 1 ½ peaches. We can't think of a better way to get our daily dose of fruits and veggies and besides eating them out of the bag they can be mixed into hot and cold cereals, crumbled in yogurt and mixed into salads. In addition, with it's hip and fun packaging, it's perfect to tuck into your child's lunchbox. Other products offered include Apple Cinnamon Wedges, Indian Spice Green Soybeans, Salsa Green Soybeans and Sweet & Sour Green Soybeans and a percentage of each purchase is donated to land conservation and educational programs. ::Eat Your Heart Out!