Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to School With Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks

I asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter what types of foods they associate with 'Back to School', or what kinds of foods they tend to stock up on this time of the year, and the answers I got were very interesting.

Some suggested healthier snacks like fruit, cheese, veggies, fruit leather and trail mix, and others suggested more convenient, individually packaged products like gummy snacks, bagged chips, cookies, and "Little Debbie" type snacks.

I would love to say that my kids would love to snack on nothing more than carrot sticks and ranch dip, but unfortunately, that's not the case. Sure, they love fruit and other healthy stuff- but they really think that the sweet stuff is more fun. Back to school snacks are completely and utterly frustrating for me, because deep down I do want to give them healthier snack options. Last year I fell in love with a couple of companies that provided healthier options for the kids, (like LesserEvil and POPchips), but when it comes for something sweet or fruity, we look for Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks.

There are three servings of fruit in every ounce of Funky Monkey fruit snacks, and they satisfy the crunchy and sweet cravings all at the same time. The fruit is uniquely freeze dried to maintain and preserve almost all of it's natural nutrients and flavor. Other fruit "snacks" on the market are usually concocted with high-fructose corn syrup, additives or preservatives, as well as other chemicals and sugars- whether they're dried fruit, leathered fruit, fruit cups, or gummy-fruit products.
 
Funky Monkey fruit snacks come in seven different assortments- Bananamon, Carnival Mix, Jivealime, Purple Funk, MangOJ, Pink Pineapple and Applemon. Funky Monkey snacks are 100% natural, vegan, raw and certified Kosher; they do not contain gluten, wheat, dairy, peanut and tree nut, meaning they are an excellent option for people with food allergies or celiac disease. Recently, Kids with Food Allergies, Inc. named Funky Monkey Snacks in its 2010 list of Allergy Friendly Foods for Kids. (Even their manufacturing facility is free of the top 8 allergens!)

As a mom, I love the fact that I can pull up the nutrition info on ANY flavor snack pack right on the Funky Monkey website. I also love that I can put a handful of these in the kids' lunch box and they eat every bit. The kid in me loves the sweet and crunchy flavor combinations in each and every bag! My favorite to date is the Purple Funk, but the kids really loved the Bananamon and Applemon flavors.

Funky Monkey snacks are starting to pop up on the shelves of many popular retailers, including Target, Whole Foods and Kroger, but are always available online directly through Amazon. Because of the fact that Funky Monkey is much easier to find than it was last year, we have officially named Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks one of our 4BabyAndMom MUST HAVES!

Our friends at Funky Monkey want to offer one lucky family their chance to go Back to School with Funky Monkey snacks in their packs! One lucky winner will receive a total of 7 bags (one of each flavor) of Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US. This giveaway will end on August 31, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and all winner information will be posted on our WINNERS PAGE and on this post. Please include a valid email address in your comment. If I cannot find a way to contact you I will not. I do try to email all winners, but due to the volume of giveaways offered on our site, delays can be expected. If you catch your name before I email you, please feel free to contact us first. :) Any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn accordingly and at the discretion of 4BabyAndMom. This product was provided to me at no cost by Funky Monkey to facilitate a candid review. As always, what you have read is strictly the opinion of 4BabyAndMom. Your opinions may differ.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!

Please refer to our WINNERS PAGE for more information on how to claim your prize.

64 comments:

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres August 21, 2010  

I would love the Pink Pineapple. I learned that the USDA requirements for fruit are 2 servings for children 2-6 years and 4 servings for older kids and adults. Funky Monkey has the younger kids covered with one package. WOW.
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I follow on GFC as frugal tumbleweed acres.
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I entered the Seventh Generation giveaway.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER August 21, 2010  

pink pineapple looks good- full of vitamins

lisad33611 August 21, 2010  

I learned Funky Monkey uses full slices and pieces of real fruits. I'd love to try the Carnival Mix.
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I'm a gfc follower
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tristatecruisers August 22, 2010  

i would like to try the Bananamon :)

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like you on FB :)

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subscribe to the funky monkey newsletter :)

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follow via GFC :)

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Subscribe by Email :)

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entered the Seventh Generation giveaway :)

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AMD August 22, 2010  

It's cool how they're safe for almost all allergies. I love that.

I'd also love to try the JiveaLime.

AMD August 22, 2010  

Oh, I also joined the Seventh Generation giveaway.

hity88 August 22, 2010  

I want to try the JiveaLime flavor. And each ounce contains 3 servings of real fruit with no added sugar, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Danielle August 23, 2010  

Purple funk is the one i want to try.
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rubynreba August 23, 2010  

I'd like to try the pink pineapple
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Melissa August 23, 2010  

The Carnival Mix sounds best to me!

mogrill August 24, 2010  

Pink pineapple sounds awesome!!
Thanks for the chance.
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5webs August 26, 2010  

I'd love to try the Pink Pineapple and I learned that they are available at Target, which I didn't know.
Alicia Webster
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Cindy August 28, 2010  

Purple funk is the one for me :)
I found it interesting that these snacks are freeze-dried fruit. HMMMM
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Katie R.,  August 29, 2010  

I would like to try the mango oj.

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tree August 30, 2010  

i think the Mago OJ sounds great, and the Pink pineapple too! Yum! i learned that Each ounce of Funky Monkey contains three servings of fruit.

thanks for the chance!

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tree August 30, 2010  

i LIKE you on Facebook- 4BabyAndMom

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i follow you on twitter

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i follow Funky Monkey on twitter

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Tweeted!

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i follow your blog via google friend connect!

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i'm an email subscriber!

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i entered the Foot Locker giveaway!

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Louis August 30, 2010  

my favorite flavor is Bananamon and I learned I can buy it at Kroger

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I like your blog on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

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following you on twitter at rosidentevil

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Lauren August 31, 2010  

I want to try Purple Funk... and I learned they're made of REAL fruit with no added sugars!

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I follow 4Babyandmom on Twitter. @sugrmomgiveaway

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Jeannine August 31, 2010  

I would liek to try the Bananamon :)


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Tweet!

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amy16323 August 31, 2010  

Purple funk
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Anonymous,  August 31, 2010  

Applemon would be my flavor of choice!

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Valancia August 31, 2010  

Purple Funk, can buy them at Walmart

Gianna August 31, 2010  

Applemon.
Funky Monkey uses full slices and pieces of real fruits.

Anonymous,  September 01, 2010  

purple funk ty
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Stefany September 01, 2010  

Pink Pinapple.

They freeze dry fruit slices and pieces of real fruit.

YUMMY!

Stefany September 01, 2010  

I already follow you on Twitter
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I like you on FB
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