Thus far, over the course my now several week old journey, I have discovered something unexpected – at least in my own experience. I have found that while exercising and meal organization are obvious starting points for sculpting the latest and greatest version of myself, it is actually the less obvious items that make for the greatest stumbling blocks.
Overcoming the desire to pair ‘just a bite’ with my midday coffee is a losing prospect. Beating back that sudden late afternoon bout of hunger, which I have convinced myself will cripple my work ethic if it is not sated, requires Herculean willpower. Combine those temptations with the snack I ‘must have’ in order to keep thinking straight at my desk, or the late night snack I ‘must’ have before going to bed in order to sleep well, and any attempt at finding my new self is entirely sabotaged..
Rather than attempt to limit myself to a strict ‘no snacking’ regime, something as impractical as it is unenjoyable, I decided to seek out snacking alternatives that were not only healthy, but also satisfying and tasty. I wanted Healthy Snacking in the New Year, not another frustrating venture doomed to failure. That’s where Sunsweet® products came in.
Amaz!n Prunes are delightful little gems, a Feel Good Fruit that are perfect for that midday craving, and I found that they actually pair quite well with the midday brew. Prunes are packed with potassium and Vitamin K, which may help promote bone health as well as prevent hypertension. In addition to being a good source of fiber for regularity, with only 100 calories per serving, they are not only delicious, but are in fact quite healthy. That means not only can I combat my cravings for a quick bite, but I can do so without even a shred of guilt, and with a high glycemic index, they help me to feel fuller longer.
However, for the Amaz!n Diced Prunes I wanted to try something a tad different, to put a bit of a ‘gourmet’ spin on the prunes, but still keep things within the orbit of healthy snacking. I wanted something bite size, something slightly savory but still sweet, something I could serve either as a snack or as a dessert. Thus were our Prune Tartlets born.
These delicious bite-sized treats feature a minced prune filling wrapped in a light, flaky shell. They are perfect either as a satisfying snack during the day, or as a healthy dessert, making them ideal for anyone trying to keep up with their New Year’s Resolution.
*Forward written by Michael Pappas / Recipe developed by Catherine Pappas
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.