Praising Prunes: Ways to Serve This Healthy Fruit

  • Prunes ranked number one on the USDA's list of high-scoring antioxidant fruits.
  • Prunes are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Prunes have long been recognized as nutrient-rich fruits with multiple health benefits.
  • Prunes, which are dried plums, may be a secret to lifelong vitality.
  • New research from the USDA Center on Aging at Tufts University shows that antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may slow the aging process and decrease the risk of chronic diseases.

Put Prunes in Your Diet in 12 Easy Ways:

  1. Keep a resealable bag of prunes in your gym bag for a quick energy boost before and after workouts.
  2. For a sweet twist on trail mix, mix diced pitted prunes with low-fat granola and nuts. Store in little plastic bags for quick take-along snacks.
  3. Throw a few prunes on your morning cereal to start the day off right.
  4. Have a bag of prunes ready in your car's glove box for an easy and delicious pick-me-up, or for a quick energy boost on your way to the gym.
  5. Liven up your bran muffin by stirring chopped, pitted prunes into the batter. Or for a fruity surprise, bury a whole, pitted prune into the center of each muffin before baking.
  1. Add color to your picnic feast with fruit kabobs. Skewer fresh fruit chunks alternately with whole, pitted prunes on bamboo sticks.
  2. Curb your candy craving with a healthy kiss. Sandwich together flattened, pitted prunes in pairs with crunchy peanut butter. Wrap in plastic wrap, twisting ends to resemble chocolate kisses.
  3. To satisfy your chocolate craving, dip pitted prunes in melted chocolate and place on waxed-paper-lined trays. Refrigerate to set chocolate; eat like candy.
  4. For a deliciously satisfying substitute for an ice cream sundae, top a bowl of pitted prunes with a generous scoop of nonfat yogurt and a sprinkling of low-fat granola for crunch.
  5. Create your own gourmet spread by beating softened cream cheese with a little orange juice; mix in chopped pitted prunes and chopped nuts. Use on bagels, crackers or toast.
  6. Add a little spice to your snack. Stuff pitted prunes with whipped cream cheese that has been mixed with a little chopped fresh jalapeno pepper or well-drained canned jalapeno peppers.
  7. Add a new finger food to your late-afternoon snacking repertoire: Thread a thick stick of cheddar cheese through a pitted prune.
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