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Funky Monkey Snacks offer portable solution for dieters who snack

BY Jenna Duncan

FISHERS, Ind. Funky Monkey Snacks has launched its new, “go-anywhere,” pre-packaged fruit snacks aimed at helping dieters fulfill snack cravings in a healthy way.

Funky Monkey fruit snacks are bite-sized and freeze-dried for crispiness. The company said that a 1-ounce snack package contains enough fruit to fulfill three of the four recommended daily servings.

“New Year’s is a time when people resolve to eat better and lose weight,” Matt Herzog, president of Funky Monkey Snacks said. “Replacing junk food and unhealthy snacks with Funky Monkey gives your body the vitamins and minerals it needs while eliminating empty calories—and they’re totally delicious.”

Funky Monkey Snack varieties have fun names such as Bananamon banana and cinnamon snacks, the Carnaval Mix which contains apple, banana, pineapple, papaya and raisins, Jivealime which is made of freeze-dried pineapple flavored with lime juice and Purple Funk which contains banana and acai berries.

Each pack of Funky Monkey Snacks contains around 110 calories. The snacks are also gluten-free, kosher and USDA-certified organic. They can be found at natural stores such as HyVee, Whole Foods Market, Winn-Dixie and others across the United States.

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NutraSweet to release stevia-based sweetener

BY Melissa Valliant

CHICAGO NutraSweet Co., maker of aspartame-based sugar substitutes, is hopping on the bandwagon of manufacturers that are creating introducing a stevia-based sweetener called NutraSweet Natural sometime this year.

Coca-Cola’s Truvia and Pepsi’s PureVia have already been approved by the FDA; Truvia will be used in a line of Sprite, while PureVia will be incorporated in three new SoBe Lifewater flavors.

Stevia is the generic name for a plant native to Paraguay and has been used as sweeteners for coffee, among other food products. Cargill began marketing packets of Truvia last May. The natural sweetener delivers a kick 200 times sweeter than sugar and is produced through a process in which the leaves are picked, dried and added to water.

NutraSweet Natural will be a food service industry product and is currently being created in NutraSweet’s Chicago laboratory.

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New Special K cereal and snack offer less calories for the weight-conscious consumer

BY Melissa Valliant

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Surveys say that only about 8% of Americans actually end up keeping their New Year’s resolution, and Kellogg Company is introducing two new products in an effort to change this. Special K Crackers and Special K Blueberry put a dent in appetites without putting consumers a step behind on their weight loss plans.

Ninety percent of women crave snacks during the day, often in the afternoon.

With only 90 calories for every 17 crackers, Special K Crackers provide the crunch women crave in an afternoon snack without the guilt. The crackers are Special K?s first-ever snack and offer 8 g of whole grains in every 8-oz.pantry pack. The snack is available in Tomato & Herb and Multi-Grain flavors.  

A November study from The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition in Minneapolis reported that eating cereal for breakfast may help manage people?s weight and encourage a more healthy eating regimen throughout the day. According to Kellogg, Special K Blueberry Cereal with skim milk, fruit and black coffee totals less than 250 calories. The cereal combines crunchy rice, whole-wheat and blueberry flavored flakes with oat and blueberry flavored clusters.

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