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Funky Monkey

I just returned from Target with my latest find: Funky Monkey Fruit that Crunches!.  I had the pink pineapple flavor and it was so good I nearly inhaled it. It is a freeze dried fruit snack and the ingredients listed are freeze-dried pineapple and guava.  The biggest danger of this particular treat seems to be the possibility of over indulgence. The packaging says that the one ounce single serving bag is equivalent to 3/4 cup of fruit according to the USDA. I checked the BTVC-SCD Group on Yahoo and the consensus among the moderators is that it appears to be legal. Digestive Wellness even sells it.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve tried the bananamon flavor and it is clear to me that the bananas used are not SCD legal. They have a slight sourness that tells me that they are closer to green than to spotted. I suspect that it is much easier to process a firmer, greener banana than a riper, softer one. Avoid the varieties that include banana if you wish to be legal.

The standard set by Elaine Gottschall for determining the legality of a commercial product was to obtain a signed, physical letter from a person of authority at the respective company on their letterhead stating that their product doesn’t contain any of the ingredients we SCDers avoid. I don’t have this letter and I’m not aware of anyone that does. Therefore, like with any commercial product, Funky Monkey should be used with caution and I encourage you to use your food diary to track any effects it may have on you.

Spearmint Experiment

I was an occasional gum chewer before SCD, but after many years without any, I kinda wanted some. Since any gums are illegal on the SCD I decided to try fruit as a vehicle for that minty payload. I mashed some SCD ripe bananas, added some dried spearmint that I had powdered in a coffee grinder then dried the concoction in a dehydrator.

The resulting fruit leather resembles jerky more than gum, but the flavor is sure there. It’s not as sweet as the gum I remember, but I consider it a successful experiment.

I didn’t measure when I was making it, but I think the ratio of banana to mint was 7-10 bananas to 2-3 Tbs spearmint. Note that peppermint will taste completely different.

Herbed Cheese

I often crave this snack at night, when I want something savory like a potato chip. If you cook it enough, you’ll even get a bit of crunch around the edges.

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