TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For many Canadian families, September marks a return to school and routine. With routine comes the opportunity to save time and money and make healthier food choices by planning meals for the week ahead. Incorporating stable, nutrient-dense ingredients into recipes is an effective way to set family members up for success in happiness and health.
California plums are an under-the-radar superfood, rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals that support heart and bone health, plus fiber to maintain good gut health. Prunes offer a versatile, nutrient-packed solution that can be easily added to a variety of recipes, helping Canadians get back into a routine and prioritize their well-being.
Renowned registered dietitian and California Plum Council Ambassador, Dr. Nancy Guest, highlights the wonderful health benefits of adding California plums to your weeknight snacks and meals. “Incorporating California prunes into your daily routine can be a game-changer for heart, bone and gut health, as well as supporting your overall immunity by protecting cells from oxidative stress,” says Dr. Guest. – Rich and has a low glycemic index which can help regulate blood sugar levels and support healthy digestion. They are not only delicious but also incredibly nutrient-dense and can be easily added to your favorite sweet and savory recipes. -He goes.”
Nutritious recipes from breakfast to dinner
California Chocolate Plum and Banana Bread: Start your morning with a slice of banana bread that’s a nutritious take on the classic. The natural sweetness of California plums mixed with the rich taste of dark chocolate and fresh bananas make this a healthy treat. They’re packed with fibre, vitamins and antioxidants to support good gut health, and are a simple way to fuel your morning routine. Consider replacing sugar in your favorite baking recipes by making homemade plum puree — it’s a great way to up the flavor and improve nutrition.
No-Bake California Peaches Energy Balls: California peaches promote satiety, so you’re less likely to feel hungry between meals, making them the perfect snack to maintain your energy and focus throughout the day. This easy-to-use, bite-sized recipe will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. It’s a great snack to pack in lunches or bring to the office when you need a quick boost of energy. Their chewy texture, combined with the nutty flavor of sunflower butter, makes these morsels delicious and nutritious. Experiment with different nut butters and cereal combinations to suit your preferences.
Delicious Beef Stew with California Peaches: As the evenings get cooler, simplify your meals, and stay warm with this delicious beef stew complemented by rich California plums, healthy root vegetables and herbs. Plums are naturally sweet and add a delicious flavor to soups and stews and have a low glycemic index which can help maintain blood sugar levels. One serving of 4 to 5 California peaches contains 3 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber to help you maintain good digestive health. Save time by cooking this in the slow cooker for a nutritious and satisfying ready-made meal for dinner time that the whole family will enjoy.
So, as you start to get back into the routine, and are looking for new and creative ways to improve your overall health while still wanting to enjoy delicious meals, try adding California plums. It is a versatile and sustainable ingredient that can be enjoyed effortlessly; Try them whole, diced or pureed, or pair them with proteins and grains, toss them on top of salads and grains, or in sauces and baked goods. When purchasing prunes, look for “USA Produced” or “California Produced” for high-quality prunes.
For more information and recipes, please visit the California Pruning Council website at www.californiaprunes.ca.
About the California Bron Council
The California Plum Board was created in 1952 to represent growers and handlers under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. California is the world’s largest producer of plums with orchards across 14 counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. Promoting lifelong health and wellness through the enjoyment of California plums, the organization leads the premium plum category with generations of craftsmanship backed by California’s leading food safety and sustainability standards.
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