My husband and I were talking; we decided it’s time to give prunes a better reputation. I think they may be a little misunderstood.
In fact, I know they are.
When I brought home a bag of Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes my husband, the man who taught me how to cook, said: “I didn’t know that prunes were just dried plums!” I guess you learn something new every day, right?
Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. They add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe. Here’s what else we learned about our nutrient dense friend, the prune:
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 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.
A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.
A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.
It’s January and we’ve all got healthy eating on the mind, so why not try to incorporate good-for-you foods like prunes into your diet?
We paired this plum sauce with tempura shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms– it’s a perfect filling appetizer, or you could easily turn this into a meal! The sauce is smokey, spicy and sweet. Next up on our to-do list is to try this as a baste for duck or pork, mmm.
We used a merlot for this, but you can use any wine that you can find in the store or if you prefer to you can buy wine online.
Have you ever tried prunes? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.