Sunsweet Snacking!

This post is sponsored by Sunsweet.

It’s officially MAY!  I can’t believe it!  No matter how you slice it, we will have a baby this month.  So crazy.  Obviously the impending arrival of our little one is pretty much the only thing on anyone’s mind at our house.  I’m trying really hard to soak up these last few weeks (days? hours?) before she comes.  The house is clean, the laundry is done, the yard project is almost finished – we are feeling ready!

I’m focused on trying to take good care of myself, stay as active as possible, and starting to shift gears into thinking about postpartum life and health as well too.  After I had the boys I wasn’t great about prioritizing myself – whether that meant a bit of space or free time, or even just keeping up with my vitamins and the everyday basic health routine.  I was in constant survival mode and I tended to put myself last on the list.  This time around, I’m determined to be more aware of making sure everyone – myself included – is staying healthy in our new season of life!

We don’t have an official plan set in place for meals after the baby comes, but I’m not yet feeling overwhelmed about managing groceries and mealtimes. For one, I’ve outsourced almost all our grocery shopping to Instacart, Amazon Fresh pick up and Imperfect Produce at this point anyway so nothing needs to change there.  And my expectations for meals are very low – simple things thrown together quickly and easily are just as healthy as elaborate multi-course meals – it’s all about the quality of the ingredients!

And today, I’m singing the praises of one of the favorite nutritious snacks in our house – prunes!  You guys have heard me go on and on about my love for prunes before, but today I thought I’d show you my favorite varieties and how we are using them.

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I know it’s really easy to eye roll at sponsored content feel like something is being written about for the sake of the partnership, but I have to be honest with you guys.  Prunes have seriously been a game changer in our house!  Our whole family eats them every single day, and I feel really good about the health benefits of prunes and the fact that prunes have no added sugar, unlike some other types of dried fruits that we were loading up on before.

Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Month?  Me either!  But I know that bone health is something I need to be mindful of as I’m getting older (sob), particularly as a woman.  Research has shown that eating 5-6 prunes per day (a little over a serving) may help prevent bone loss.  Prunes contain potassium, magnesium and vitamin K, all of which are important for bone health!

As I consider my nutritional needs in the postpartum period especially, I want to make
sure I’m refueling my body with as much good nutrients as I can to help ensure I’m
taking care of myself, so that I can in turn take care of my family.

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So let me tell you about our favorite Sunsweet prunes!  The kids love the diced prunes, and I usually save those for them.

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They eat them as part of snack cups along with nuts, as a topping on their oatmeal, or our new favorite way to enjoy them – on top of a homemade acai bowl!

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The D’Noir variety are my personal favorites, and I don’t share them with anyone!  They are SO so soft and plump, and I grab one or two at a time from the bag throughout the day so that I can get in a full serving by dinner time.  I never thought I’d be a regular prune eater, but these are seriously one of my go-to snacks these days.  And look at how adorably button-like they are!

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The pitted Amazin Prunes are the ones we probably use the most of.  We get the big bag now from the grocery store as part of our monthly trip.

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I add these to the kids’ lunches and snacks almost every day.  They see it as a sweet treat part of their lunch, and I see it as a healthy boost – a win, win.

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They always want something sweet as part of a snack plate (and let’s be honest, I do too), and I used to do a lot of dried apricots, dates, raisins, etc.  But now we almost exclusively swap in prunes, and the kids eat them up just as happily.  They are a delicious compliment to crackers and cheese, or a handful of mixed nuts.

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Last but not least, I’ve been tossing a bag of the Sunsweet Ones into my purse for quick, easy snacks on the go.  They are individually wrapped prunes that I can offer to the kids when they are suddenly STARVING on the playground (why is that always the case?), or to hold me over in between meals now that my pregnancy hunger is essentially non-stop.  I like having an easy on-the-go nutritious snack option to offer instead of the fallbacks like crackers and fruit gummies.

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So there you have it – our favorite delicious and healthy prunes and all the ways we like to eat them.  It feels good to know that we are getting ahead of bone health as a family – both for busy, active parents and healthy growing kids.

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Here’s hoping to have some baby news for you guys sooner than later!  I can’t believe it’s almost time, and at the same time I AM SO READY.  Fingers crossed for a safe, healthy arrival any day now.