Waking Up With Sunsweet.

Hello friends!  Here with a fun food post for you today on one of my favorite topics (and meals) – BREAKFAST.  While dinner always feels like a stressful hassle, breakfast still holds all the hope and promise of a new day.  It also involves hot coffee!

Breakfast is a really important meal in our house, because we are all up and out the door really early these days.  For me personally, I feel like breakfast and eating right is especially important while pregnant.  It’s the best way to curb my (continued) morning nausea, and it helps set the tone of my day toward being healthy and mindful.  The kids both have school most days, so I’m also always looking to get a big dose of hearty nutrition into their bellies before they head out the door.  Hungry kids = grumpy kids. 

Last fall I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours in San Francisco with the team from Sunsweet, learning all the details of the many dried fruits they produce – most notably, prunes!  I know prunes aren’t glamorous, but man are they nutritious.  And ever since then I’ve been making a conscious effort to make some swaps in our house so that everyone in our family is getting a daily dose of prunes in their diet.  I always knew that prunes had digestive benefits, but beyond that I had no idea just how important they are for bone health. 

Research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes each day may help to prevent bone loss.  Also, compared to other dried fruits, prunes are lower in sugar and have a low glycemic index of only 29.  This means they are digested and absorbed slowly by the body, which helps to sustain energy over a longer period of time compared to foods with a higher glycemic index.

One of the best ways I’ve found to add prunes to our daily meals is with breakfast!  Here are some of our favorite go-to breakfasts these days:

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