But first of all let’s find out what prunes are and why they are rightly called super fruits…
Prunes are basically plums that have been dried naturally in the sun without undergoing any fermentation. Most prunes are made from a specific variety of plum initially developed by French horticulturist Louis Pellier in 1856. Now let’s see how they are beneficial for our growing kids…
1. Constipation and Digestion Issues
Prunes are very high in fibre and help in avoiding gastrointestinal issues associated with constipation, be it for older people or for younger kids. My kids love sipping prunes juice even if they do not have constipation. They love its color and taste!
2. Source of Antioxidants and Vitamins
Prunes are a very rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. They also have a good amount of manganese, iron and plant phenolic. The deficiency of iron can lead to anemia, fatigue, hair loss, dryness and discoloration of hair. So prunes, as a source of iron, contributes to the overall health of our blood cells, hair and body. Also, since prunes are a good source of Vitamin A, they help maintain healthy skin and healthy eyesight. Your kids will thus be protected from problems such as night blindness, dry eyes, macular degeneration and cataract.
3. Healthy Muscles, Bones and Heart
Prunes are also a good source of the minerals boron and potassium which help build strong bones and muscles. As per some studies, prunes may also be able to reverse osteoporosis in some cases! Potassium ensures proper functioning of the heart and nerve-response throughout the body. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure and reduces the risk of problems such as dizziness, heart attack and stroke.
4. Healthy Body Maintenance
Prunes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free and low on sodium. They help in the maintenance of a fit and healthy body for you and your child.
Recipe Options With Prunes – Specially For Kids!
By now, you must be really excited and looking out for ways to include prunes into your child’s diet. Prunes can be used very cleverly as part of many recipes and dishes and also as a replacement for other dry fruits such as raisins, dates or cherries.
1. Bread Spread
One of the simplest ways to eat more prunes is to puree them and use as a spread on bread.
2. Cereal Topping
It can be used as a topping along with corn flakes or muesli as your kids’ breakfast meal.
3. With Custard
It can be used as one of the toppings along with other fruits while preparing fruit custard.
4. Muffins and Cakes
You can use prunes while making muffins and cakes. The thinly sliced prunes after baking taste awesome. Your kid will surely love it, especially in chocolate cake and choco-chip cookies.
5. Granola Bars
My kids love the chewy, sweet Delmonte prunes in their snacks. So I always add them while making homemade granola bars. These prunes are of premium quality so I can be assured of their freshness. And I am one happy mommy watching them snacking on healthy stuff!
Blend it with smoothies and shakes like banana, chickoo, etc. You can also use it as a sugar substitute and please your kids! There are also some great ideas you can check out on the Del Monte India Facebook page.
Finally, how about dry fruit laddus /balls? Pulse in prunes along with your kids’ favourite nuts and roll a ball out of it. I am sure they will love eating prunes this way!
To sum up, get creative mommies! Think smart and definitely sneak in this super fruit in your kiddo’s diet. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the amazing benefits it offers. Happy Parenting!
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