The new year is a great time to get a fresh start and make resolutions to change bad habits and improve areas of our lives. Many people resolve to eat healthier in the new year, but often times it can be hard to stay on track.
In my younger days, it was a lot harder for me to stick to my resolutions, as I didn’t have any accountability. Now, I am a wife, a mother to a toddler, and pregnant with my second child. Not only do I want to eat healthier so that I will be around longer for my husband and children, but to also set a good example for them.
I always try to keep plenty of healthy foods in the house to snack on, so that I’m not tempted to eat a bunch of junk that I shouldn’t. Planning ahead is key!
Now, I know this may sound old fashioned, but I love to keep Sunsweet® prunes and juices in the house. Contrary to popular believe, they are NOT just for old people!
Prunes actually have some really amazing qualities. First of all, they are delicious! They are very plump and juicy, and they have a great flavor to them. Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. That’s always a great quality in a snack, right? Prunes also add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe. Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes only have 100 calories per serving! Isn’t that awesome?! They are a great snack to have at home, or on the go.
Sunsweet® also offers their Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes, which are a nutritious snack that can easily be tossed into your cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber. These only have 100 calories per serving, too!
Sunsweet’s PlumSmart® Light juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs. It helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber, and it makes a fabulous addition to smoothies!
In addition to being delicious, studies suggest certain nutrients in prunes have the following positive effects:
Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, “Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature’s solution to maintaining good bone health.” Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.
Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.
Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.
Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.
One of my favorite go-to snacks is trail mix. I love trail mix, because it’s super easy to throw together, and there are so many ways you can make it. It’s also a great way to add a whole bunch of protein to your diet, it’s very filling, and a snack that can be eaten on-the-go!
I recently made a batch of trail mix using the Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes. It’s a really great way to get those prunes into your diet, and it added a lot of flavor to my trail mix, too.
Below is the recipe I used for this trail mix, but you can certainly make it any way you wish, by switching up what kind of nuts you use, and adding your own favorite trail mix additions. Just mix the ingredients all together, and store in an air-tight container!
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1 Cup Cashews
- 1 Cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes
- 1 Cup Dried Bananas
- 1 Cup Coconut Strips
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.