Building a healthy self is simple with prunes on your shelf! Leslie Bonci, MS, RD, CSSD and Sports Dietitian for Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs, shares how.
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By Leslie Bonci, MS, RD, CSSD
If food doesn’t taste good, chances are that people won’t eat it or enjoy it. In addition to nutrition, California Prunes bring sweetness, chewiness and moisture to all kinds of recipes.
How this RD chooses foods for a healthy self:
As a Registered Dietitian, I am all about self-preservation and health conservation with the foods I choose to include in my daily eating plan. I am a big fan of foods that deliver on:
- Nutritional benefits
- No waste
California Prunes check all the boxes.
Let’s start with the nutritional benefits:
- Polyphenols (chlorogenic acid) for gut health and combatting inflammation
- Fiber for gut health, lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, stabilizing blood glucose and improving satiety
- Vitamin K, Potassium, Boron, Copper, Manganese to support bone health and to manage blood pressure
- Sorbitol to improve bowel transit time
Prunes are a great way to add a twist.
If food doesn’t taste good, chances are that our clients won’t eat it or enjoy it. In addition to nutrition, California Prunes bring sweetness, chewiness and moisture to all kinds of recipes. Pairing prunes with bitter veggies such as cauliflower or brussels sprouts improves palatability. Prune puree in a baked goods recipe can help reduce or replace some of the sugar and fat, while also providing those nutritional benefits mentioned above. Prunes are a great way to add a sweet twist to a healthy stew, bisque, chili, hummus or even pasta sauce.
Our clients live busy lives and are always looking for foods that are convenient, shelf-stable, and require little to no preparation. California Prunes are widely available and can be used in many forms: whole, chopped, diced, or pureed. They’re not only packed with important nutrients, but they are versatile and delicious–that can be used every day in so many ways.