Healthy and Tasty California Dried Plums
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Since 2013, when I found out I have Diverticulitis, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. The doctor told me I needed to get a lot more fiber. He recommended the fiber you buy at the drug store, but the truth is, I knew fruits and veggies are a better option. Don’t get me wrong. I do take that ‘drug store’ fiber. I put it in my first cup of coffee in the mornings. Recently I found a much better way to get my fiber, with California Dried Plums!
Ok, I can hear some of you out there squishing your face up. Don’t do that! Your face will freeze like that! Honestly, though, I used to be the same way. I have to tell you though, they are very flavorful little treats! Did you know that chefs use them pureed in a lot of recipes; to balance flavors in many meat entrees, and to add moisture to bake goods! In fact, eatdriedplums.com has many wonderful recipes for California Dried Plums. When I saw the recipe for Mesclun Salad with California Dried Plums, Goat Cheese and Pecans, I actually got hungry.
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced shallot
- Salt and black pepper
- 8 cups mesclun lettuce
- ¾ cup (about 4½ ounces) quartered California pitted dried plums
- ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
- ½ cup candied pecans
- To make vinaigrette- in a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and shallot;
- Season with salt and pepper.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss lettuce with enough vinaigrette to coat lightly.
- Divide among 4 salad plates;
- Sprinkle each salad with 3 tablespoons dried plums, 2 tablespoons goat cheese and 2 tablespoons pecans.
This salad sounded so good, I decided to try to work up my own version for lunch. I skipped the Goat Cheese, and used the Spring Mix salad I had in the fridge. I cut the shallots up into rings and added them into the salad, and completely ignored the dressing. I did add candied pecans. This is how my salad ended up. It’s not so different from the California Dried Plums recipe!
Besides them tasting amazing, you wouldn’t believe how much nutrition a serving of dried plums (4-5) has in it.
- 3 whole grams of fiber in each serving promotes digestive health
- They are full of potassium, copper, boron and vitamin K which may have bone protective effects.
- The potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Just 5 or 6 California Dried Plums a day may help maintain bone loss in post-menopausal women. That’s something I’ve worried about since I saw Sally Field in a commercial about osteoporosis.
- Two servings (10 – 12 dried plums) each day may improve bone mineral density.
- (Psst! they also make you feel more full, which helps me with weight management!)
So, don’t wrinkle up your nose and try to tell me they taste funny. That’s the 5 year old inside you talking. Be the grown up you are now and try them! They really taste great! In fact, I bet a five year old would eat them without blinking – and maybe ask for more!
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“I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.”