Have you ever wondered what a Registered Dietitian’s shopping cart looks like? If so, we’d like to show you! Each week, we will be sharing one product you would find in our shopping carts, along with an explanation of why we think you should try it too. These products receive high NuVal® scores for their category, meaning they are all better-for-you options! They have also been tasted and tested by your own Festival Dietitians. We would love to hear when you try these products and what you think. Now, let’s get shopping! This week, I’m talking about the Sunsweet Plum Amazins, and, let me tell you, they truly are amazing! These little Amazins are diced dried plums, otherwise known as prunes. Prunes tend to get a bad rep; however, they are packed with dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals all for a small amount of calories. So, you may be thinking, what makes these Plum Amazins different than plain old prunes? Well, they are actually considered the newest innovation in dried fruits due to their texture and taste. Since Plum Amazins are diced, they make an excellent substitute for dried cranberries and raisins. They have 50% more fiber, almost half the sugar, a better glycemic index, no added sugar or preservatives and very few calories, which all factor into the excellent NuVal® score of 91! This beats out both dried cranberries (NuVal® 4) and raisins (NuVal® 87). How do I like to use them? I package them in little baggies to take on the go as a sweet and satisfying snack, throw a handful on my salads or cereal, toss a bunch in my hot morning oatmeal or daily afternoon yogurt, and, if it’s a weekend that I’m baking, I use them in muffins, pancakes and cookies; the possibilities are endless! For more inspiration, check out the Amazin Recipes found on Sunsweet’s Plum Amazins website. I think I will make these Sweet Plum Sliders for dinner this weekend. Let me know how you and your family enjoy Plum Amazins! Nutritional Information for ¼ cup: Calories 100 Total Fat 0g (Saturated 0g, Trans 0g) Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 0mg Potassium 290mg Total Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 3g (more than 12% - wow!), Sugars 13g) Protein 1g Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2% Iron 2% Ingredients: Diced California Dried Plums (Prunes), Sunflower Oil.
Lauren Lindsley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.