Okay, I’ve got a new one for you today. Prunes, my friends, prunes. You probably haven’t thought much of these purple power fruits, have you? Prunes are actually dried plums, which was news to me until just a few weeks ago. I’m glad I know more about these little gems now, because not only are they tasty, but they are also full of nutrients. Thanks to the kind folks at Sunsweet, who sent me a few things to try, I’ve added a couple new healthy snacks to my rotation using two types of prunes. I’m going to share those with you today, as well as give you a look at all of my eats from yesterday.
Creating healthy snacks using prunes
Let’s just say this tasting project was quite fun for me. I mean, do you know how good prunes smell? When I opened the first bag of deliciousness, I seriously wanted to stick my whole face in there.
Of course, any time I know something is healthy, I like it even more. Apparently the nutrients in prunes, like vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron promote healthy bones. And the potassium in prunes can also help prevent hypertension. Not to mention, prunes are full of beneficial fiber, which keeps you regular (yes, I said it!) and improves your digestive health. All of that is wonderful, but truthfully, prunes just taste good and they’re pretty versatile.
As a big snacker, I’m trying to find a few new healthy things that I can munch on between meals this year in an effort to eat more variety in 2015. Therefore, I was very excited to create a couple of healthy snack recipes using my prunes. Here’s what I made …
Sweet prune and nut trail mix
Because why buy trail mix when you can create your own healthier version at home and control the ingredients? Raw nuts and something sweet always sounds good to me.
- Raw cashews
- Raw almonds
- Sunsweet Plum Amaz!ns Diced Prunes
Take a handful of each and mix them up. For extra points, fill up little containers with one-portion servings to take with you on the go.
Take it from me, this mixture is just awesome. And the delicious diced dried plum bites used in this recipe are very sweet and flavorful, and one serving is only 100 calories. I’d also recommend putting these on top of yogurt or a salad for a little extra fiber and sweetness.
Almond butter and prune flatbread
Flatbread? Well, a version of it. You could also call this an open-face AB&P sandwich (almond butter and prune, standing in for peanut butter and jelly, of course.) Whatever it is, it’s just divine.
- Almond butter
- Thin crispy whole grain crackers
- Sunsweet Amaz!n Pitted Prunes
Lay out the crackers, slather on a thin coating of almond butter and top with some juicy prunes.
I will officially be eating this every single day for eternity. And I mean it. The moist and chewy pitted prunes used in this one are to-die-for, and one serving of these prunes is only 100 calories and full of fiber. These prunes also have a low glycemic index, which is important for making you feel full for longer. While I chose to make a healthy snack with these prunes, I’d also like to eat them along side some strong cheeses, as well as wrap them up with sliced thin meat. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.
Oh and the best part, these prunes are from the valley of Central California. It’s almost like I’m eating local.
My adventure in prune eating and snacking is just beginning, and I’m certainly enjoying it so far. If you’re looking to jazz up your snacking routine, may I suggest checking out what Sunsweet has to offer? If you make something cool, be sure to let me know.
Now let’s keep talking about healthy food. Shall we?
What I Ate Wednesday
Every single Wednesday, I like take a moment and show you a recap of what I typically eat in a day. Today, I’m reporting on my meals from yesterday, a healthy weekday. Here’s how it went down, and yes, some prunes made it into my daily eats.
Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Hot green tea, sweetened with almond milk and stevia. And a big bowl of vanilla overnight oats topped with a banana.
Mid-morning snack at 11 a.m.
Lunch at 1:30 p.m.
Recognize this blue masterpiece I introduced you to earlier in the week? This is a high-protein chocolate and blueberry milk-shake smoothie. This puppy was huge and filled me up for several hours. It was so thick, I had to use a spoon to slurp it up.
Mid-afternoon snack at 5 p.m.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
And that’s all I ate yesterday. A pretty colorful day of eats.
Alright guys, I’ll be digging into some more prunes and plums to power me through what’s to come for the rest of my week. I’m still in the midst of packing my apartment, getting everything set up in the new place like cable, internet, power, water and trash, while coordinating with the movers and cleaners. You know all of the fun stuff that has to take place when you move? It adds up. Needless to say, I’m in need of some healthy snacks to keep me going, especially before I teach a double-header of BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK tonight. Happy Wednesday! Hope you have a sweet and fiber-filled day!
More daily eating recaps
Each week, “What I Ate Wednesday” is hosted by Peas and Crayons for bloggers to showcase their eats to the world. If you want to see more food recaps, check out some of my posts from the past here:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
- Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Healthy foods for a rest day
- Who doesn’t like pictures of food?
- A look at a full day of eating in pictures
- Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
- Pictures of food, because you like them
- Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t
- A look at what I really eat in a day
- What I ate in the Sunshine State
- My weekend eats and a little narrative
- Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
- A day of eating and some commentary
- Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
- Filling up on healthy food before the holiday
- A perfect birthday at home and my eats
- Top blog posts, reader stats and my food
- A different kind of training and my food
- Joining a healthy green movement and my eats
- Must-try veggie pasta tip and my eats
*Please note: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Questions of the day
Have you ever eaten prunes or plums? What kind of healthy snack would you create with them? What’s your favorite healthy snack?