Stretch Island Fruit Strips: Non-GMO Pre-Workout Snack (and Valentine!)

We recently discovered that my oldest son has another food issue – this time with Red 40. While it’s a dye that is pretty common in candies and processed foods, it took us a while to find out about it because he just doesn’t have those foods very often. In fact, it was a combination of the dye in a bubble bath AND in juice that brought the issue to light for us. Ever since, I have been very careful when responding to inquiries about reviewing food products. Not only do I have to check and make sure that they are safe with his peanut allergy, I also have to make sure that they’re safe with the dye issue. When I was introduced to Stretch Island Fruit Strips, I was super excited to find out that they were not only peanut-free, they were also Red 40-free!

One of the food genres that drives me batty is the pre-workout snack. I used to love me some peanut butter snacks. The Pinterest energy bite snacks that I find recipes for almost always have peanut butter in them. Yes, I could just switch the recipe out for sunflower butter (or some other non-peanut-butter), but those can be very pricey. It may just be because of my rural area that they’re so salty in price (haha), but I’m cheap and I just can’t stand the idea of using all that sunflower butter on myself when my son could be eating it. So I was looking up pre-workout snacks the other day, and I was delighted to discover that fruit leathers were on the list of excellent treats. What could be better than a quick and easy Stretch Island Fruit Strip before a workout? And there’s another bonus…

Since genetically modified foods started appearing in the marketplace and in fields, my mom has been vocal about her distrust and lack of approval of these foods. She has a degree in food science, has worked in schools, is an amazing cook, and lets me learn from her about what foods are good and bad. In fact, if I would’ve paid a little more attention to what she was showing me about nutrition before, I wouldn’t be needing to lose weight now! But anyway, she’s always been anti-GMO and I’ve heard for years why and how they are bad for people. And now that it’s starting to be mainstream to question GMOs, we’re seeing some awesome new products surfacing. Like Stretch Island Fruit Strips – they are non-GMO which puts them on my “Yes, Please!” list.

Not only do I love these snacks because they’re healthy, non-GMO, dye-free and peanut-free, I also love them because my kids will eat them. Having a “treat” to give my kids that isn’t full of nasty ingredients is a huge perk. And since they’re a guilt-free treat, I don’t mind giving them to other kids, even as a Valentine! If you’re looking for a healthy Valentine treat this year, give Stretch Island Fruit Strips a try, and there are plenty of flavors to choose from, I haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like.

Stretch Island Fruit Strips

What is your go-to pre-workout snack? What healthy treats will you be serving up for Valentine’s Day?

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Joanna is a stay-at-home mother of 2 young boys. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, socializing, and constantly struggles to find new and better ways to manage the home.
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  • Ashley

    My sister and husband.

  • Diana Bradford Hatch

    I will share with my granddaughters

  • Nichole

    My kids :)

  • s_hill2009

    Ahhh, omg! MY BOYS! They also cannot have Red 40. Thankfully even they have seen & felt the difference which helps. (Make sure to check EVERYTHING…many chocolates & the color brown can even contain it!) It takes a few extra minutes to check everything, but WELL WORTH IT to have my munchkins be themselves! :)
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • Miranda Gonzalez

    I would love to share these with my kids as a healthy morning snack.

  • JReneeCampbell

    My daughter would like to share these with her friends at school.

  • Laura Lynch

    i would share them with my mom for sure!

  • Fiona Nuyen

    I would share this with my mom, sisters, and my nieces!
    Thank You for the giveaway

  • Sam Stamp

    My boyfriend & his brother. Both of them love fruit of all kinds

  • Chris

    I’m a dried fruit lover from way back, and learning about fruit strips or leathers in their individual packets was a little bit of heaven. Look forward to a chance to try these.

  • rachel

    My husband, for sure!

  • laura ari

    my kids.

  • TwiHeartOnMySleeve

    myself and maaaaybe my family 😉

  • Jessica Bracho

    My boyfriend could seriously use these, he needs to have more healthy snacks

  • Claire

    MY nieces

  • Linda Kwolek

    I would share this with my son, who loves a healthy snack.

  • brittany br

    my daughter

  • Maria Nay Kiguthi

    My kids would share these.

  • Ricki L

    my 2 year old would love to share these with me! :)

    rickireviews at gmail dot com

  • Amber Gillespie

    I would like to share them with my officemates!

  • Nina H

    I’d love to share these with my sons!

  • Beth Larrabee

    I would share with my kids!

  • samantha oh

    I would share with my bf because we are changing our diets this is a nice snack that is naturally sweetened :)

  • Char W

    Would share with my kiddos

  • Michelle S

    I would share with my co-workers

  • amy sanford

    my daughter

  • Nonnahs Hiebs

    My kids would love to try these!!

  • Ally

    I would share with my sister (she packs her lunch every day).

  • Allison

    with my family

  • Dawn Banks

    I would share with my grandson.

  • Amanda J

    My boyfriend and I would love these for snacks at work!

  • Cindy Loo

    My husband would love them!

  • Betsy

    I would share with my kids, of course :)

  • Belinda

    my kids :)

  • Kristi Troutman

    My fiance if he were here but since’s he’s away at school I’d share them with my sister :)

  • Dana from Alabama

    My husband and I would love these!

  • Lilith Katz

    My husband

  • Heather S.

    My son and daugher.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

  • Taryn T.

    My picky, doesn’t like anything healthy if he thinks it is healthy, son.

  • Ebie

    My kids for sure

  • Danielle Porter

    I’d share them with my mom!

  • Sarah Morris

    I’d share them with my sister. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brandy Fisk

    My kids and the kids I watch.

  • Kassie Harris

    I would share with my entire family. We are always looking for healthy new snacks :)

  • Alison Lechowicz

    I would share with my fiance.

  • Rachelle Anderson

    I’d share with my husband