Dried plums are prunes, but don’t let that fact deter you from eating them. They’re sweet, chewy, and satisfying. Following are just a few reasons why dried plums are good for you:
- Great source of fiber – insoluble fiber for regularity and soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
- Prevents and relieves constipation.
- High in vitamin A and beta-carotene (a natural antioxidant).
- Produce a sense of fullness in the stomach, which can curb your appetite.
- Good source of iron and potassium.
- Rich in magnesium, which aids in promoting relaxation (nerves, muscles, and blood vessels), relieving muscle soreness, reducing symptoms of asthma, and even migraine headaches.
Although dried plums are a wonderful snack by themselves, they can also be used in a variety of dishes, such as in this smoothie recipe.
Plum Good Smoothie
1 cup water
1 apple, unpeeled, chopped
1 frozen banana, peeled, sliced
1/4 cup dried plums (about 6)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
Add all ingredients to a blender. Process about 1 minute or until completely smooth.
Yield: 2 servings (serving size: about 1 cup or 8 ounces)
- To prepare banana ahead of time, remove peel and place in a plastic ziptop bag until frozen.
- Add chopped nuts to boost the protein content.
- Make it a green smoothie by adding 1 cup spinach or kale. You can also mix in 1 tablespooon of spirulina.