This post was written in sponsored partnership with our friends over at California Prune Board, helping me to help YOU energize YOUR nutrition. All opinions written here are my own.
If your body’s energy is like a cell phone, what percent battery life do you have by the end of the day? Many people are less than 10% by the end of the day, leaving them with an almost-empty tank and little motivation to do more than flopping on the couch to decompress from the day. Forget about cooking supper or much of anything else!
During the day, food helps charge up our body’s battery pack. Yet, almost 40% of Canadians say they skip meals, replacing 1 or 2 meals a day with snacks (1), and 20% of Canadians say they eat between-meal snacks several times a day in place of a meal (2). Most of us need a snack to power through our day. What we choose can impact our health and well-being.
Snacks don’t have to come from a package. Choosing good-tasting, less-processed foods more often helps to fuel our body while also giving us hidden benefits from the foods we choose…Apples, oranges, bananas, nuts or dried fruit, like prunes. Did you know that snacking on prunes gives us a naturally sweet taste, while also contributing to satiety and bone health? Eating 5-6 prunes a day was found to slow bone loss in post-menopausal women (3,4).
You can enjoy prunes in their rustic as-is state… or you can mix California Prunes together with almond butter and other wholesome ingredients to create a naturally sweet, bite-sized snack with a delightful crispy texture for a satisfying energy boost!
Here is my latest home-prepared snack: No-Bake California Prune Power Balls! This recipe is found on www.californiaprunes.ca, and is reprinted here with permission from the California Dried Plum Board.
Nutrition Information per serving (1 power ball):
70 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 5 g sugars, 1 g protein. %DV: 1% calcium and 2% iron.
Other ways to enjoy prunes are below:
** This is a sponsored blog post through the California Dried Plum Board (California Prunes). I received financial compensation from the California Dried Plum Board to highlight this research. All opinions written here are my own and are consistent with my professional perspective and beliefs, otherwise, I would not have participated in this opportunity.