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Health Tip

Healthy Prune Snacks

Prunes have a reputation for tasting unpleasant and are often not included in snacks. These dried fruits can actually be quite tasty, and are included in many different recipes. Prunes are very healthy as they are packed with vitamins and minerals essential for our body. A 1/2 cup of dried prunes contains 130 calories of energy, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins A, C and K.

Trail mix with prunes:

Adding dried prunes will supplement a trail mix with dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins which are essential for our body. Vitamin K found in prunes can stop the outflow of blood by clotting your blood at the point of injury when you are injured. For best effect, mix some chopped dried prunes with one or more types of your favorite nuts, such as almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts, and have the trail mix with a high-fiber breakfast.

Prune Smoothie:

Adding dried prunes to a fresh fruits smoothie will supplement your snack with fiber, iron, vitamins C and potassium. Place 1/4 cup of chopped dried prunes, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, w peeled and sliced kiwis, 1/2 cup of 100% orange juice and 1/4 cup of nonfat plain yogurt in a blender. Blend the mix until it becomes slightly chunky and well combined. Add vanilla or cinnamon for flavor. You may replace strawberries with blueberries and fresh peaches to get a different taste.

Prune Granola Bars:

Homemade granola bars are an excellent source of nutrients, including proteins and fibers, according to Hope Ricciotti and Vincent Connelly, authors of the book "The Healthy Family Cookbook". These can be customized to suit your taste by adding a variety of ingredients, including dried prunes. Place 2 cups of quick cooking oats, 2/3 cup of your favorite nuts, 2/3 cup sunflower seeds, 3/4 cup of toasted wheat germ, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1 1/2 cups of chopped dried prunes on a baking sheet. Drizzle the mix with 1/2 cup of honey and stir to coat. Press the concoction into the baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes at 300o F. Slice the granola into bar after it has cooled down.

Prune Roll-up:

Adding chopped dried prunes to a whole-wheat tortilla roll-up snack supplements it with vitamins and minerals. Lay a whole-wheat tortilla on a tray; spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter on it; and sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons of chopped dried prunes on top of that and roll it up. The result is a tasty snack with lots of health benefits.

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